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Palin signs her book for a familiar crowd: her hometown

WASILLA, Alaska — At least 750 people turned out in Sarah Palin's hometown to get a signed copy of the former mayor, governor and Republican vice presidential candidate's best-selling memoir, "Going Rogue."

Palin signed books until 2 p.m. today at the Curtis D. Menard Sports Center.

She kicked off a national book-signing tour in November, hitting some of the political battleground states from the 2008 election and drawing thousands of fans.

But the Wasilla event felt more like a homecoming than anything. Most people waiting in yellow-rope cordoned lines on the indoor turf floor of the sports complex live in the Valley. Many said they knew Palin, her children or her parents personally.

"We're all friends of the family," said Lyn Carden, executive director of the Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce. "She's OK with everybody calling her 'Sarah.' "

Earlier this month, Palin signed copies at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage and Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks, but neither of those events were open to the public.

"Going Rogue" has sold more than 1 million copies.

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