In a year chock-full of political memoirs, was there ever any doubt that Michelle Obama’s Becoming would top them? Her very personal life story is now the best-selling hardcover book of 2018 so far, of course.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Becoming beat out the year’s other hugely successful books duking it out for the title of best seller like Bob Woodward’s Fear and Angie Thomas’s critically acclaimed YA novel from 2017, The Hate U Give. Despite its mid-November release, Becoming has already surpassed 2 million books sold in the U.S. and Canada, more than 725,000 copies alone on its first day out.
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
Obama is currently in the midst of a very fashionable book tour, which started at her old high school in Chicago. While touring, she has addressed some of the memoir’s topics, including her childhood, career, and her early relationship with husband Barack Obama (if you haven’t heard about their first kiss at an ice cream parlor, read up). And in October, Obama announced the Global Girls Alliance, a fundraising organization and initiative dedicated to connecting grassroots projects focused on girls’ education and well-being around the world. “We’ve instituted a rigorous process to identify projects that need support,” she said. “So whether you’re giving a portion of your paycheck or a dollar from a lemonade stand, we don’t take it lightly that you’re donating your hard-earned money to this cause.”
The ladies of beGirl World truly inspire me. Your stories are always evolving. I can’t wait to see you tonight at the Wells Fargo Center! Have fun!
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) November 30, 2018
Speaking of her book tour, a recent stop may have been the most adorable; on November 29, Obama surprised a group of 12 high school girls gathered at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. “I want you guys to think about getting out of your own way and second-guessing yourself before you’ve even given yourself a chance to try,” she said, in conversation with the delighted teens. “Preparation matters. You don’t do these things because you’ve got a good gut feeling. . . . You’ve got to know what you are talking about.”