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Shania Twain to pen autobiography, which will detail 'painful upbringing' in Canada

09/22/2010 by Corinne Heller

Shania Twain in an undated photo posted on her MySpace page. (Photo courtesy of myspace.com/shaniatwain Shania Twain is set to release an autobiography in the spring of 2011, which will be her first book and will detail her "challenging and sometimes shockingly painful upbringing" in Canada as well as the deaths of her mother and stepfather and her "against all odds" journey to become a Grammy-winning country singer.

"There have been moments in my life I was concerned by the reality that tomorrow would never come," Twain said in a statement provided by publisher Atria Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster.

"Recently I experienced one of those moments to an intensity that brought on a sudden urgency to document my life before I ran out of time, before I had the opportunity to share an honest and complete account of my life, in my own words," she said

Twain has released commercial hits such as "Still the One" and "That Don't Impress Me Much" and has won five Grammy Awards. She has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide to date, including 48 million in the United States.

"There are times in your life that are meant for reflection, and this was one of them," Twain said. "I began writing this book with a sincere respect for the past, present and future as something never to be taken for granted."