Despite having been out for little more than two weeks, Becoming by Michelle Obama has already become the best-selling book of 2018. Publisher Penguin Random House announced on November 30 that, in only 15 days, the book had sold over 2 million copies in the United States and Canada alone.
This figure means that Becoming has sold more copies than any other book released so far this year, and it’s been out for less than a month. As Quartz reports, Obama’s memoir is not only performing well in North America, but is also topping the charts abroad. It has reached bestseller status in UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Norway, and is also set to be published in 31 languages.
Mrs. Obama has also embarked on a book tour which has quickly sold out. It was reported that, in New York, readers waited outside in the cold for more than 16 hours in order to get their copy signed.
Becoming serves as a memoir for Michelle Obama’s life and covers her early years and her time as the First Lady of the United States during her husband’s presidency. The book also reveals Obama’s thoughts on the current US President, Donald Trump, where Obama is critical of his character and politics.
The previous title holder for the bestselling book of 2018 was also political, and came in the form of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury, which gives a first hand account of Trump’s early days in office. Despite Wolff’s book having an 11 month head start, Becoming has already managed to surpass it.
Dorey was then stunned to find that copies of his book were being delivered by his American distributor wrapped in plastic. Dorey described the error as an “absolute shambles” and pointed out that it shows how we use plastic “with our eyes closed”.
The author announced the news on Twitter today and gave some information about the upcoming book, which is to be called The Testaments. Here’s what she said:
His stint as The Doctor continued for 7 series- consisting of a massive 172 episodes, and he still remains one of the most popular Doctors to this day. His love for the Whoniverse continues as shown by his latest project- Scratchman- a Fourth Doctor novel that never saw the light of day, until now! The novel is dark, exciting, tense, and just perfectly Who. Tom’s inimitable wordsmithery combined with the gripping plot will guarantee this novel real success.
As The Book Seller reports, the collection will be released on May 30th, the set includes both Anne’ ‘A’ and ‘B’ diaries, which are made up of the original diary and the edited one. A definitive readers version called ‘D’ is also included which has been edited by Mirjam Pressler, the German translator of Frank’s diary who has also published a book about her life.
Released November 2018, Michelle Obama’s memoir follows her life “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,” her publisher has said.
Oprah has chosen Michelle’s memoirs for her honesty and vulnerability- naming it the perfect read this year to gain an insight into what it was really like being the ‘first Black First family’.
See Oprah and Michelle chatting about the new release here, and don’t forget to order your copy of Mrs Obama’s memoirs below!