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In pictures: Clinton book launch
Starr Mitchell picks up her copy of the book just after midnight at Wordsworth Books in Little Rock
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Bookshops in New York, Washington and Little Rock were open at midnight to start selling Bill Clinton's memoirs.
Poster advertising Clinton's book at a shop in Washington
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Huge advance orders were also made over the internet for the former US president's 957-page My Life.
Clinton reads from his book on the Oprah Winfrey Show
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Bill Clinton was paid a $10m advance for the book, which gives frank details about his affair with Monica Lewinsky.
Bill Clinton and his wife Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
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The Clintons gave a lavish launch party at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday evening.
Lauren Bacall arriving at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Actress Lauren Bacall was among the 1,000 invited guests.
Bill Clinton with his daughter Chelsea at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Despite the hype, Bill Clinton's book has been given a cool reception by the critics.

The BBC's Jeremy Cooke
"It is America's obsession with Bill Clinton's private life that is driving sales"

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