Rep. Patrick Kennedy, who has struggled with depression, alcohol and drug abuse,
is writing a memoir called "Coming Clean" as he leaves behind an up-and-down career on Capitol Hill.
Kennedy (D-R.I.), son of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, announced earlier this year he would not seek a ninth term. He missed the counsel of his father who died last year and appeared to be no longer enjoying his time in Congress.
In May, he denounced the news media
for not paying enough attention to the work of Congress: "it is despicable -- the national press corps right now," he said, lashing out on the House floor. During his nearly 16 years in the U.S. House, Kennedy was an advocate for mentally ill Americans.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, his publisher, said the book is planned for next fall and will offer "a truly revealing, intimate portrait" of the 43-year-old Kennedy. With the death of Sen. Kennedy and Patrick Kennedy's departure, Capitol Hill will be without a member of the Kennedy family for the first time in decades.