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Singer Shania Twain, shown Nov. 12, 2009, has signed a book deal to write her autobiography. ((Peter Kramer/Associated Press))

Canadian country singer Shania Twain will tell the story of her impoverished childhood and talk about her 2008 divorce in an autobiography to be published next spring.

Twain has signed a book deal with Atria Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, the publisher announced Wednesday.

A five-time Grammy Award winner, Twain's career took off in the early 1990s, and she has sold 75 million albums worldwide. She is known for hits such as Still the One and Feel Like a Woman.

Twain, 45, was born in Windsor, Ont., and raised in Timmins, where she began singing to help pay bills for her family.

Her as-yet-unnamed autobiography will chronicle her rise to fame, the death of her mother and stepfather, and the struggles in her personal life, including her split from her husband, music producer Robert (Mutt) Lange.

Twain, mother of a nine-year-old son with Lange, said she wanted to present "an honest and complete account of my life, in my own words.

"There are times in your life that are meant for reflection, and this was one of them. I began writing this book with a sincere respect for the past, present and future as something never to be taken for granted," she said in a statement on her website.