Viking Books announced Wednesday morning that it has acquired a memoir by Barbra Streisand, to be published in 2017. The singer and actress, who has won two Oscars, five Emmys and 10 Grammys, will explore her Brooklyn childhood, career and personal life in the as-yet-untitled book. Now 73, Streisand recently enjoyed a Billboard #1 album, "Partners," released in 2014.
In a statement released by Viking, president and publisher Brian Tart said, "Barbra Streisand's memoir is the entertainment story that has been on the top of every publisher's wish list for years. She has led one of the most fascinating and accomplished careers in show business. There are over 50 unauthorized biographies about Ms. Streisand that are full of myths and inaccuracies, and she is finally going to tell her own story. I am thrilled and honored to be publishing her at Viking."
Streisand's only previous book, "My Passion for Design," was a glossy coffee-table book published by Viking in 2010. In it, she shared photographs of the coastal California home she shares with husband James Brolin and offered observations on her personal taste and design style. There have been numerous unauthorized biographies of Streisand over the years, including William J. Mann's 2012 volume, "Hello Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand." Reviewing the book in Newsday, Gene Seymour wrote, "Mann assembles an origin story that is vividly detailed, yet judicious in tone, even when he recounts the rapture audiences felt upon first contact with that 'euphonious voice.' "
Viking controls world rights, first serial and audio rights for the memoir but other terms of the deal were not disclosed. Streisand was represented by power agent Robert Barnett of Williams & Connolly, who has also made book deals for Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and many others.