WASILLA, Alaska — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is making good on a threat to build a fence around her Wasilla home to keep her new neighbor — an author who is writing a book about her — from peering in.
Palin joked with a reporter outside the gate of her lakeside home Thursday about having to build a fence to protect her family's privacy. But she declined further comment, saying she was busy baby-sitting her nephews.
Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, took to Facebook on Monday to "welcome" author Joe McGinniss, who'd previously written a critical magazine article on Palin. She said he was renting a house next door "for the next five months or so."
She said work would begin on a "tall fence tomorrow."
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By Wednesday, a picture of the wooden fence was posted on the blog of Fox News' Greta Van Susteren. Palin is a contributor to Fox News.
McGinniss, author of such best-selling books as "The Selling of the President," "Blind Faith" and "Fatal Vision," is planning a book, tentatively titled, "Sarah Palin's Year of Living Dangerously." It could be released next year.
A tree-lined lane leads to Palin's lakeside home; there's also a gate to help keep gawkers at bay.