After nearly twelve months of anticipation, the name and release date for the former First Lady’s memoir have officially been announced.
Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming, will hit the shelves in 24 countries on November 13th, 2018.
Obama released her first book, American Grown, in 2012 and focused on her White House kitchen garden and nutrition initiatives as First Lady. Her first memoir and second book, however, will have a much more personal approach. Obama describes the writing of the upcoming book as a “deeply personal experience.”
Markus Dohle, CEO of Penguin Random House, also added to this, hinting that Obama’s book will be a lot different than the traditional first lady memoir that we are used to. “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,” the publisher said in a statement.
When the book is finally released and readers can rest peacefully with their hands on a copy, Obama will be promoting Becoming on a U.S. and international book tour. One million copies of the memoir will also be donated to the First Book program—a nonprofit program that “distributes books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families in more than 30 countries.”
Michelle Obama has spoken on the purpose of her upcoming memoir—she hopes it will be inspirational. “What girls and young people need… is consistent love and support and the belief of somebody out there that they’re worthy. I had that,” she has said.
At a talk in Indianapolis, Obama talked about how many women of color grow up with “doubts in their heads,” adding that “there are people who decide or are told growing up not to like you…what you have to do is practice pushing through it. You have to practice achieving through other people’s low expectations of you.”
Additionally, her husband and former President Barack Obama’s upcoming memoir is also being published by Penguin Random House and is set to be released sometime during the Spring of 2019. The Obamas, however, aren’t going to keep most of the proceeds. The former First Lady and President plan to donate a “significant portion” of their earnings to charities, including the Obama Foundation.