You must be living under some rock if you have not come in contact with the rave about Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming. Published on November 13, it has sold over 1.4 million copies in the US and Canada in its first week. Crown Publishing told the Associated Press this on Wednesday. This is after it was reported to have sold 725,000 copies on the first day.
Becoming is also currently the No. 1 adult nonfiction title in Germany, France, Holland, Spain, Denmark, and Finland. It has had five press runs in the UK alone, with 575,000 copies in print.
The memoir is Michelle Obama’s reflection on her journey and experiences as a child from the South Side of Chicago, to being a lawyer and hospital executive balancing motherhood and work, to her time as First Lady of the US for eight years.
Michelle Obama has since been on tour around the US to promote the book with appearances from figures like Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres. She will be having a live chat session about the book with Chimamanda Adichie at Southbank Centre, London on December 3.
Becoming is part of a combined book deal where Michelle and Barrack Obama both received a joint $65 million advance for their memoirs, after a bidding war which Penguin Random House won back in 2017. Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House, will publish the book in South Africa.
Even though the book was expected to do great numbers, we are just as excited that it is happening. You can read an excerpt of the book here as obtained by The Reading List ahead of its release in South Africa.