Mark your calendars: former First Lady Michelle Obama has announced that her first memoir, titled Becoming, will hit bookshelves on November 13 this year, and will simultaneously be published in 24 languages around the world.
“Writing Becoming has been a deeply personal experience,” Obama told People on Sunday. “It has allowed me, for the very first time, the space to honestly reflect on the unexpected trajectory of my life . . . how a little girl from the South Side of Chicago found her voice and developed the strength to use it to empower others.”
Obama’s memoir will no doubt continue to shine a light on her life in unexpected ways, much as her official portrait for the Smithsonian does. Markus Dohle,C.E.O. of Penguin Random House, called Becoming “an unusually intimate reckoning from a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.”
The Obamas’ two-memoir deal with Crown, a Penguin Random House imprint, was announced last year, and is reportedly worth more than $65 million. Barack Obama is writing another book of his own, which is due out in Spring 2019; he also plans to promote Becoming on an international book tour. One million copies of Becoming will be donated to educational nonprofit First Book, an organization that supplies reading materials to children from low-income families. The Obamas also plan to donate a “significant portion” of their joint proceeds to charity, including the Obama Foundation, an organization developed by the former First Family to provide leadership learning programs to people in communities around the country.
Source: Vanity Fair