Michelle Obama’s memoir has already sold a staggering two million copies just 15 days after it hit shelves!
It’s the talk of the town, the publishing phenomenon of the fall and now Michelle Obama’s memoir has sold more than two million copies in North America in two weeks.
The former first lady, 54, dishes on life in the White House, growing up in the South Side of Chicago and shares her views on Trump in her book Becoming, which is selling at a pace rarely seen for a political memoir.
Crown publishing announced on Friday that combined hardcover, e-book and audio sales in the U.S. and Canada have topped two million.
Penguin Random House announced the sales figures in Canada and the United States for the first 15 days after “Becoming” was released on November 13.
The hardcover edition of the book has sold more copies than any other book published in the United States in 2018, according to NDP BookScan data.
Being published in 31 languages, the memoir is also a bestseller in Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Israel, Korea, Finland, South Africa and Taiwan, among other countries.
Scheduled printing runs mean there will be at least 3.4 million copies of the hardcover edition in print in Canada and United States.
Her book was released on November 13 and has 3.4million hardcover copies in print. In its first week, it sold 1.4million copies.
By comparison former first lady Hillary Clinton’s memoir Living History, released in June 2003, needed a month to reach the one million copies sold mark.
Her husband Bill Clinton’s book My Life quickly sold one million copies but took much longer to hit two million.
Former President George W. Bush’s Decision Points took several weeks to reach two million.
Michelle is now crisscrossing the country on a 10-city promo tour for her book bringing along celebrity guests like Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon.
The former first lady is currently plugging it on a 10-city, 12-day US tour, before jetting across the Atlantic to appear at sold-out events in London and Paris on December 3 and December 5 respectively.
Winfrey moderated a talk with Michelle on the book’s release date at Chicago’s United Center. Witherspoon will join the former first lady during her tour stop in Denver on December 13.
The 54-year-old mother of two — America’s first African American first lady and wife of the first black US president — is wildly popular at home and abroad, loved for her warm personality, intelligence and women’s activism.
In the book, she writes that she can “never forgive” Donald Trump for questioning her husband’s US citizenship, accusing him and other “birthers” of putting her family at risk.
She also digs into personal issues, detailing a miscarriage, conceiving her daughters Malia, 20, and Sasha, 17, by in-vitro fertilization and marriage counselling.
While some Democrats would love to see her dive into politics and run for president, she has shot down any suggestion of being interested.
While the precise terms of the book deal were not released, the Financial Times reported that the Obamas were paid more than $65 million for global rights to twin memoirs about their time in the White House.
Her book, along with an upcoming one by former President Barack Obama, are a part of a $65million book deal.
Michelle and former President Barack Obama each have been working on memoirs this year, for which they negotiated a $65million dollar deal with Crown Publishing Group/Penguin Random House. His book is expected to be released in 2019.
‘I’ve spent the last year and a half reflecting on my story as deeply and honestly as I could, and now I’m thrilled to travel the country and do the same with readers,’ Michelle previously said in a statement.
Oprah Winfrey, who visited Obama during her book tour, told the Associated Press earlier this month she had selected ‘Becoming’ for her book club.
She said: ‘This book is everything you wanted to know and so much you didn’t even know you wanted to know. I believe it’s going to spark within you the desire to think about your own becoming.
‘It’s so well-written I can hear her voice; I can hear her expressions; I can feel her emotion. What she allows us to see is how she was able to discover, define and then refine her voice.’
Barack Obama is already a bestselling author, chalking up “Dreams From My Father” in 2004 and “The Audacity of Hope” in 2008.
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