If you’re looking for a great gift idea for the holidays, or an inspiring new read for the New Year, consider picking up a copy (or two) of Michelle Obama’s new memoir, “Becoming.” Released last month, the book has leaped to the top of the Amazon best-sellers list since its debut – and it’s held that position ever since.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s memoir is now on store shelves, and if sales are any indication, it’s a hit.
Obama’s book, “Becoming,” arrived November 13 and was published in 24 languages. The memoir is released in both print and digital formats by Crown Publishing Group. Obama also narrates an audio edition, under the Penguin Random House Audio imprint, that will be issued as both a digital download and physical CD.
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“Becoming” tells the story of Obama’s rise from her childhood in Chicago’s south side, to her eight years working alongside her husband, former president Barack Obama, in Washington D.C. As the first African-American First Lady, Obama made it her mission to promote diversity and inclusivity, both in the White House, and around the world. The former lawyer and Associate Dean of Students also used her position to advocate for female entrepreneurship, higher education, and the importance of living an active lifestyle.
In her memoir, Obama reflects on some of her toughest moments in the political spotlight, and shares how she had to learn to juggle the expectations of being first lady, with the day-to-day demands of being a wife and mother. She also reveals her biggest triumphs — both personal and professional — while looking back at some unexpected disappointments as well.
“Writing ‘Becoming’ has been a deeply personal experience,” Obama said in a press release. “It has allowed me, for the very first time, the space to honestly reflect on the unexpected trajectory of my life. In this book, I talk about my roots and how a little girl from the south side of Chicago found her voice and developed the strength to use it to empower others. I hope my journey inspires readers to find the courage to become whoever they aspire to be.”
Penguin Random House is donating one million books in the Obama family’s name to First Book, a Washington, D.C.–based nonprofit that seeks to promote equal access to education by providing books and learning materials to school children in the U.S. and Canada.
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