Michelle Obama’s book ‘Becoming’ on track to becoming best-selling memoir

Michelle Obama’s having a banner year and her book “Becoming” is on track to become the best-selling memoir ever, her publisher Penguin Random House announced Tuesday, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Since its November release, the book has become a sensation. Mrs. Obama has been selling out stadiums as she talks about her life experiences and has sold nearly 10 million copies for the publishing company in print, digital, and audiobook copies globally.

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“I’m not aware, in my personal experience with Penguin Random House, that we ever sold 10 million units of a memoir,” said Markus Dohle, Penguin Random House’s chief executive.

“We believe this could be the most successful memoir in history,” said Bertelsmann Chief Executive Thomas Rabe.

In the book, Obama talks about life after before and after her time in The White House.

While the world knows Obama for her zeal and advocacy for public health, higher education, and women and girls empowerment initiatives during her tenure at The White House, her book shows the intimate and vulnerable sides of Obama. 

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Agatha Christie, And Then There Were None

“The whole thing is utterly impossible and utterly fascinating. It is the most baffling mystery Agatha Christie has ever written.” -- The New York Times


Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale 

"A novel that brilliantly illuminates some of the darker interconnections between politics and sex . . . Just as the world of Orwell's 1984 gripped our imaginations, so will the world of Atwood's handmaid!" —The Washington Post Book World


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun

“A gorgeous, pitiless account of love, violence and betrayal during the Biafran war.” —Time“Instantly enthralling. . . . Vivid. . . . Powerful . . . A story whose characters live in a changing wartime atmosphere, doing their best to keep that atmosphere at bay.” The New York Times


To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

 “A first novel of such rare excellence that it will no doubt make a great many readers slow down to relish more fully its simple distinction. . . . A novel of strong contemporary national significance.” -- Chicago Tribune


J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

"Harry himself is the perfect confused and unassuming hero, whom trouble follows like a wizard's familiar. After reading this entrancing fantasy, readers will be convinced that they, too, could take the train to Hogwarts School, if only they could find Platform Nine and Three Quarters at the King's Cross Station." -- School Library Journal, starred review 


Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey

“Rupi Kaur has vision beyond her years … Her work is simply but powerfully expressed, and viscerally captures both universal human experience and the particular struggles of a young woman today." -- The Huffington Post


Toni Morrison, Beloved

“Toni Morrison’s finest work. . . . [It] sets her apart [and] displays her prodigious talent.” —Chicago Sun-Times


Maya Angelou, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity.”James Baldwin


Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice 

“The wit of Jane Austen has for partner the perfection of her taste.” Virginia Woolf


Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

The new edition reveals a new depth to Anne’s dreams, irritations, hardship, and passions. . . . There may be no better way to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War II than to reread The Diary of a Young Girl, a testament to an indestructible nobility of spirit in the face of pure evil.”Chicago Tribune 



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Sharing with the world her truths, her triumphs, and even trials of growing up with humble beginnings in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago; her life as a doe-eyed, nervous college student at Princeton University and later, Harvard Law School; to falling in love and lust with her husband, President Barack Obama; the painful experience of suffering a miscarriage and conceiving her daughters through IVF treatments; going to marriage counseling; to being mother-and-wife-in-chief and more, the highly anticipated book is an ode to the importance of finding your voice, standing firm in your beliefs and being proud of who you are and where you come from.

And soon, Barack Obama will release his much-anticipated presidential memoir this year. But no date has been set by Penguin Random House just yet.

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