Surprised? We’re Not – Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ Sells More Than 725,000 Copies In One Day

by Krystal Franklin

November 19, 2018

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The folks over at Penguin Random House are breathing easy after the monster success of our forever first lady’s book Becoming smashed record-breaking numbers. Michelle Obama‘s book sold over 725,000 copies in one day, “in all formats and editions in the U.S. and Canada,” her publisher said. Additionally, “based on extraordinary account demand across all channels, from mass merchandisers to independent bookstores, the publisher has already gone back to press for an additional 800,000 hardcover copies, which will bring the total number of copies in print in the U.S. and Canada to 2.6 million.”

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We’re finally here! I’m so excited to share my memoir with all of you today! As I’ve reflected on my journey, I’ve learned so much about where I came from, about the people and moments that shaped me, about all of the struggles and the growth along the way. But mostly, I learned to embrace the fullness of my story—every bit of it. As I write in the preface, “Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.” I hope this book is meaningful to you, even in the smallest of ways. I hope you find something in it that resonates with your life. Most of all, I hope that each of you can embrace the beauty of who you are, and I wish you all the best in your own process of becoming. Go to and share your own #IAmBecoming story with me.

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Over the last week, the former FLOTUS revealed she suffered a miscarriage and Malia and Sasha were the direct result of IVF treatments. Oprah and Tracee Ellis Ross have kicked off the tour as hosts in Chicago and Los Angeles, but it was this moment during the D.C. stop, hosted by Valerie Jarrett, that took the cake.

Can you say goals?

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