Michelle Obama Will Publish New Book This Fall

From a New York Times story by Elizabeth A. Harris headlined “Michelle Obama Will Publish a New Book This Fall”:

Michelle Obama’s 2018 memoir, “Becoming,” was one of the best-selling books of all time, with more than 17 million copies sold worldwide. Now she has a new book coming out this fall, Penguin Random House announced Thursday.

The book, called “The Light We Carry,” to be published on Nov. 15, is about staying positive in challenging times, she said.

“How do we overcome our fears?” Mrs. Obama said in a video announcement for the project. “How can we channel our frustration into something positive? And how do we rekindle that flame that’s inside each of us?”

She continued, “I’ve spoken to a lot of loved ones, many of you, about what we all seem to be facing, and what has resulted from that process is actually my book.”

“The Light We Carry” will include some of Mrs. Obama’s approaches to those challenges, which include taking the high road, and encouragement for readers to work through their fear and find strength in community.

Penguin Random House said the book will be published in 14 languages and that the initial U.S. print run will be 2.75 million copies. Like her memoir, “Becoming,” it will be published by Crown, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Mrs. Obama’s first memoir brought readers on her journey from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her time as the first Black first lady. A New York Times notable book of the year, it has been translated into 50 languages. The audiobook version, which she narrated, won a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album.

“Becoming” was part of a package deal for Penguin Random House, which acquired the publication rights to memoirs by both Mrs. and Mr. Obama for an astounding $65 million. “The Light We Carry” is covered under a separate contract, Penguin Random House said.

But given the sales they’ve achieved, it appears to have been a good bet for their publisher. In addition to “Becoming,” which BookScan, an industry tracker, described as one of the best selling books of all time, the first installment of Mr. Obama’s presidential memoirs, “A Promised Land,” has sold more than 8 million units worldwide since its publication in 2020.

That means that in the last four years, the Obamas have sold 25 million books.

Elizabeth A. Harris writes about books and publishing for The Times.

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