Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ is Barnes and Nobles’ Fastest-Selling Book of 2018

By November 20, 2018 Bookshops, News

Released a week ago today, Michelle Obama’s latest book Becoming has become Barnes and Nobles’ fastest-selling book in terms of first week sales. The book has enjoyed the most successful first-week launch of an adult book in over three years and has also surpassed other high profile releases such as Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury and Bob Woodward’s Fear.

As Good Reader reports, the book’s publisher, Penguin Random House, has announced that Becoming sold over 725,000 copies on its first day of release, meaning it’s the publisher’s highest single-day sales of any book this year.




Becoming covers Obama’s childhood growing up in the South Side of Chicago to her time in the spotlight as the first lady of the United States. The book has also made headlines for its criticism of current US President Donald Trump, where Obama writes that she will “never forgive” Trump for spreading the rumour that Barack was not born in the United States.

“What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington? What if that person went looking for our girls? Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk. And for this I’d never forgive him,” she writes.

In a statement, Liz Harwell, Senior Director of Merchandising, Trade Books at Barnes & Noble, said: “We knew Becoming was going to be one of the biggest books of the year, but it has now officially had the best first week of sales of any book in 2018, and is among the fastest sellers in Barnes & Noble history. This is definitely the must-have book of the holiday season.”

Obama’s recent release is just one of many political books released this year. According to Barnes and Noble in October (just before the midterm elections), there had been a 57 percent boost in the sales of political books.

Eco-Friendly Author Left Outraged After Discovering His Anti-Plastic Book Is Packed in Plastic

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Earlier this year, British writer Martin Dorey published a book called No. More. Plastic.: What You Can Do to Make a Difference. The book examines the disastrous effects plastic waste is having on our planet and gives readers plenty of advice on how to reduce the amount of plastic waste they create.

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”.

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Margaret Atwood is Writing Handmaid’s Tale Sequel and We’re Screaming With Excitement

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I can’t believe I am actually typing this but thirty-three years after the publication of The Handmaid’s Tale and on the back of the hugely successful television series, Margaret Atwood has confirmed that she is writing a sequel!

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:

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Tom Baker has written a new Doctor Who novel

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Tom Baker is best known as the fourth incarnation of The Doctor in the BBC series of Doctor Who.

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.

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Bloomsbury to Publish Anne Frank Collection Next Year

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Next year, on what would’ve marked Anne Frank’s 90th birthday, Bloomsbury Continuum will be publishing Anne Frank: The Collected Works. The collection has been described by the publisher as “an essential book for scholars and general readers alike”. The publication brings together all of Frank’s writings along with important documents and photographs.

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.
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Oprah’s Book Club Recommends Michelle Obama Memoir

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Oprah has made Becoming by Michelle Obama the latest edition to her book club.

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!

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