Crown Publishing Group has confirmed that First Lady Michelle Obama sold more than 725,000 copies of her newest book, Becoming in just one day. The sales figure includes hardcover, audio, and e-books editions for the United States and Canada. Still, the book is available in 24 languages around the world – including Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, and Hebrew!
Mrs. Obama has broken a record – already surpassing the first day sales of other memoirs, also written by first ladies. For example, Hillary Clinton’s Living History, which was released in 2003, sold only around 600,000 copies in its first week!
In Becoming, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, she invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her – from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address.
With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it – in her own words and on her terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is 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.
Helping to kick off the book’s launch, Mrs. Obama launched a U.S. and international book tour that sold out almost instantly. Each of her appearances was moderated by one of her many friends like Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Valerie Jarrett, Reese Witherspoon, and more.