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Giffords-Kelly memoir due out in November

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • The book chronicles the relationship between the lawmaker and the astronaut
  • It takes readers through Gabrielle Gifford's recovery
  • She is making an astounding recovery after being shot in the head

(CNN) -- A joint memoir by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, is set to hit the shelves November 15.

Published by Scribner, "Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope" chronicles the relationship between the congresswoman and the astronaut. It's the story of her rise to become a Democratic U.S. representative from Arizona, his stellar career from combat pilot to commander of the Space Shuttle Endeavor's final flight and the tragedy that befell their lives when she was shot in the head last January at a Tucson, Arizona, shopping center.

Giffords was gravely wounded that day but made what doctors called a miraculous recovery to the point where, in early August, she received a standing ovation when she returned to the House floor for a critical vote on the debt ceiling.

The memoir takes readers through a journey marked by heavenly highs and Hades lows.

Jeffrey Zaslow, author and columnist for the Wall Street Journal, is collaborating with Giffords and Kelly on the book, according to Scribner.

Despite Giffords' recovery, she still has a lot of rehabilitation ahead and her political future remains unclear.

Meanwhile, the man accused of trying to kill her, Jared Lee Loughner, is in custody and undergoing mental health treatment. Authorities will determine whether he is competent to stand trial.

The shooting rampage left six people dead and 13 wounded, including Giffords.