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She's BA-ACK. 'Snooki' to Return to White Plains

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – White Plains will get crazy and wild when Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi returns to the city to sign copies of her new book, "Gorilla Beach," Saturday at the City Center Barnes & Noble store.

Polizzi, the queen of reality TV and a New York Times best-selling author, wrote her third book with the help of ghostwriter Valerie Frankelwas. It was released Tuesday, May 15.

The novel picks up where Polizzi's first novel, "A Shore Thing," left off. Gia Spumanti and her cousin Bella Rizzoli return to Seaside for the summer, only to get banned forever. The scandalous duo are forced to flee to Atlantic City, where, of course, they run into even more trouble.

Polizzi last visited the White Plains Barnes & Noble on Oct. 28 to sign copies of her second book, "Confessions of a Guidette." The event drew about 500 people, including Nicole Maratto, 16, and Alexa Wolf, 16, two Guidettes-in-training, who presented the "Jersey Shore" star with a matching necklace charm engraved with the words "meatball" and "sausage."

"I think I might die when I talk to her," Maratto said that day. "She’s my idol. She’s a very strong person, because a lot of people make fun of her and she just brushes it off her back. She's her own person."

The Daily White Plains asked Polizzi, who coined "the meatballs" to describe herself and castmate Deena Nicole Cortese, about Maratto's comment and her upcoming appearance in White Plains.

What do comments like that mean to you personally?

It means a lot to me that I get to help people be themselves and not care what other people think of them. I try to help a lot of my fans with bullying and just to be proud with who they are.

What do you look forward to most when doing events like this?

I just love meeting my fans and them seeing me in person, realizing I am just a normal girl.

You've coined and made famous quite a few words. Are there any additions to the Snooktionary in the works?

It's not something I necessarily work on, it just happens.

In your new novel, you continue the story of Gia and Bella. Why did you choose to create a character based on yourself, and why did you give her a psychic gift?

I based Gia and Bella off of Jenni (Jennifer "JWoww" Farley) and I, because together we're so much fun and it just makes sense to write a girls novel about us.

If you had psychic powers, whose mind would you most want to read?

I would probably want to read my fiance's mind so I know exactly how to make him happy.

In your last book we learned that you enjoy sci-fi and got a glimpse of who Nicole is when the cameras don't follow you 24/7. Will readers learn anything else about Nicole through the character Gia in "Gorilla Beach"?

I try to incorporate a lot of hidden hobbies and traits people don't know about me, but also still make it interesting and insanely out there.

How has your life changed since your pregnancy? Do you still find time for fist-pumping?

I never fist-pump, lol. Fist-pumping is what guys do. Girls tree-branch. And I can still dance, but I'm really taking care of myself and making sure my baby is in the healthiest environment possible.

Will you be able to participate in the sixth season of "Jersey Shore"?

I would love to be a part of "Jersey Shore" again. They're my family, and I couldn't picture not being with my roommates.

Do you think there will ever be a season of "Jersey Shore" filmed in White Plains?

"Jersey Shore" can happen anywhere!

The sixth season of "Jersey Shore" is set to begin filming this summer. Following in the footsteps of her castmate Paul "Pauly D" DelVecchio, Polizzi also has a spinoff show, "Snooki & JWoww," set to debut on MTV at 10 p.m. June 21.

Polizzi's pregnancy may have thrown a wrench in the "Jersey Shore"-like concept behind the new show, but MTV President Stephen Friedman said the show will present a different side of both women, and offer a new way to look at pregnancy, according to a report by Show Tracker .

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