Michelle Obama’s memoir ‘Becoming’ sells 1.4M copies in a week
Michelle Obama’s new book “Becoming” has sold more than 1.4 million copies in all formats during the first week since it hit shelves on 13th of November.
On its first day, the book sold more than 725,000 copies, making it one of the year’s biggest debuts.
We’re finally here! I hope that this book might help each of you embrace the beauty of who you are, and I wish you all the best in your own process of becoming. https://t.co/tOEk59nT71 #IAmBecoming pic.twitter.com/1VD6nCZN41
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) November 13, 2018
As being reported, “Becoming” is well exceeding the pace of previous memoirs by first ladies. Previously, Hillary Clinton’s “Living History” in 2003 had first week sales of around 600,000 copies.
What a week! From Chicago to Los Angeles to DC, I want to thank every one of you for picking up the book, diving into the pages, and sharing your stories along the way. Your photos and reflections on your own journeys have been so fun—keep them coming! #IAmBecoming pic.twitter.com/k7Yu8WN2Wl
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) November 19, 2018
According to publisher Penguin Random House, which announced the milestone on Wednesday. That the former first lady’s memoir about her Chicago roots and her time in the White House is also popular overseas, where it’s a bestseller in Europe and Scandinavia and the No. 1 adult nonfiction title in the U.K.
Based on demand from retailers across all channels, the publisher has printed 3 million hardcover copies in North America.
In the United Kingdom, “Becoming” is published by Viking and it had five press runs with a total of 575,000 copies in print.
In Holland, the Dutch-language edition is the best-selling book in the Netherlands, with the English-language edition ranked second.
The book has generated positive reviews, which traces Michelle Obama’s journey from Chicago’s South Side to the White House. The Washington Post has praised it by terming the memoir, “impressive balance in telling the truth of her challenges while repeatedly acknowledging her lucky life.”
Thank you, Chicago! To everyone who came out to our events — the students, the Girl Scouts, the moms and daughters and, as Oprah said, all those woke men — thank you for beginning this journey with me. #IAmBecoming pic.twitter.com/QBRTTeOgxn
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) November 15, 2018
As being reported, former U.S president Barack Obama, is also working on finishing his own memoir. The rights of both books were acquired by Penguin Random House in a bidding war back in early 2017.