February 28, 2018

Michelle Obama’s second book, a memoir called Becoming, will be out this fall


It’s been a year and a half since the anxiety-and-fear-drenched American Fall of 2016. Luckily, we can expect a hint of joy and light to break through this November — according to Andrew R. Chow at the New York Times, First Lady Michelle Obama will be releasing her memoir Becoming November 13.

Over at Entertainment Weekly, David Canfield posts Obama’s Twitter announcement in full: “Writing Becoming has been a deeply personal experience. I talk about my roots and how a girl from the South Side found her voice. 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.”

In early 2017, Crown Publishing Group, an imprint of Penguin Random House, acquired world rights to both of the Obamas’ memoirs, for a reported but as-yet-unconfirmed $65 million. (Yowza, who has that kind of dough!?) Becoming will be released in simultaneously in twenty-four languages. According to Chow report, PRH has agreed to donate a million copies to the nonprofit First Book, which provides learning materials and books to children in need nationwide. This is Michelle Obama’s second time in print, her first being a gardening book called American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. 

No matter your politics (well, unless you’re a useless racist), we can at least agree that Michelle Obama is intelligent and gorgeous and a great dresser, really cares about kids’ health, and most importantly is so fucking cool for having been Barack’s mentor during their early lawyer years, and making him fall madly, deeply in love with her because of above attributes.

For more info, the book has its very own website right here.



Alex Primiani is the associate director of publicity at Melville House.