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Betty White signs a two-book deal with Putnam

Betty-White-bookImage Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images Betty White’s late, late-career resurgence is something that could not have been predicted nor cannot be explained by any pop culture astrology, but regardless of whether her recent popularity is ironic, earnest, or in some gray-haired zone in between, the 88-year-old is definitely taking full advantage of it.

USA Today reports that the former Golden Girl will pen two books for G. P. Putnam’s Sons. Listen Up!, set for a spring 2011 release, will be a collection of lessons learned and observations made during White’s long tenure in Hollywood, from guesting on Password through hosting SNL. The second book will focus more on her work as an animal-rights activist. The Zoo and I: Betty and Her Friends, expected in stores in 2012, will feature presumably adorable stories and photos of White with zoo fauna. Aww.

Originally posted August 18 2010 — 5:57 PM EDT

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