Michelle Obama’s memoir, one of the most highly anticipated books in recent years, is coming out November 13.
The former first lady tweeted Sunday that the book, to come out a week after the 2018 midterm elections, is called Becoming. By Sunday night, her memoir was in the top 20 on Amazon.com.
“Writing Becoming has been a deeply personal experience,” she said in a statement. “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. I can’t wait to share my story.”
She and her husband, former President Barack Obama, last year reached a joint agreement with Penguin Random House for their respective books. The deal is believed to be well in excess of $30 million. Becoming will be released in the US through the Crown Publishing Group, a Penguin Random House division that has published works by both Obamas.
Memoirs by former first ladies usually sell well, with notable works including Laura Bush’s Spoken from the Heart and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Living History. Michelle Obama’s memoir is expected to be a major commercial and cultural event. She is admired around the world and has never told her story at length. Her only previous book was a 2012 work on gardening, American Grown.