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The inside scoop on the book world

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GOAL TENDERED The U.S. women’s soccer team may be quick on the field, but they’re taking their time deciding how to proceed with an authorized book. Meanwhile, three publishers have jumped into the game: Scholastic with the kids’ book Meet the Women of American Soccer, Archway with the teen title All-American Girls, and HarperCollins, which published Mia Hamm‘s Go for the Goal and signed The New York Times Jere Longman to pen The Girls of Summer. ”It will examine the hot-button issues these remarkable women embody, such as the message sent by players who are confident displaying their bodies, and the subject of race in a largely white, upper-class suburban sport,” says David Hirshey, the Harper exec editor who paid a reported six figures for Girls. It will be out in time for the 2000 Olympics.

HIGH NOONAN Historians may wonder about the legacy of Bill and Hillary Clinton, but one thing’s for sure: They’ve been good for the publishing biz. ReganBooks has just signed former Reagan speechwriter and best-selling author Peggy Noonan to write The Case Against Hillary Clinton, which will cover and comment on the First Lady’s campaign to become senator from New York. ”Peggy’s in a unique position to write about what is going to be arguably the most interesting campaign in the next couple of years,” says publisher Judith Regan. The book, which grew out of ”The Mad Boomer,” a recent Wall Street Journal opinion piece Noonan wrote on Hillary, will be out next spring. And that’s not all: Next month, Morrow will bring out Bill and Hillary: The Marriage, by Jack and Jackie author Christopher Andersen, and Random House will follow up in September with Gail Sheehy‘s psychobiography Hillary’s Choice. HarperCollins still has Jerry Oppenheimer‘s tell-all about the First Couple, State of a Union, set for a spring 2000 release.