Michelle Obama and her husband, former President Barack Obama, inked an astounding $30 million multi-book deal with Penguin Random House last year, and the first edition in what is supposed to be an extended series authored by the couple, Michelle Obama's memoir "Becoming," now has a release date: November 13.
The Obamas agreed to one of the largest book deals in history; larger even than Hillary Clinton's multi-book deal that included a updated memoir, a campaign narrative book, and her post-mortem, "What Happened," which sold millions of copies but served mostly to convince Clinton of her own lack of responsibility in her devastating presidential defeat.
But although Random House paid for books by both Obamas, Michelle's will be first to hit the shelves, the Washington Post reports. "Becoming," the paper says, "will follow Obama’s journey from the South Side of Chicago to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave."
Speaking to WaPo, Michelle Obama says she hopes her memoir will be inspirational to readers.
“Writing ‘Becoming’ has been a deeply personal experience,” she said. “It has allowed me, for the very first time, the space to honestly reflect on the unexpected trajectory of my life. In this book, I talk about my roots and how a little girl from the South Side of Chicago found her voice and developed the strength to use it to empower others. I hope my journey inspires readers to find the courage to become whoever they aspire to be. I can’t wait to share my story.”
Surprisingly, Michelle's book tour won't start until after the 2018 mid-year elections, so there'll be no chance of the former First Lady pulling double duty for in-trouble Democrats. More likely, she'll follow a similar path to the one she followed after moving out of the White House, focusing largely on daytime talk shows that won't ask her any tough questions.
As for the second edition — Barack's long-awaited book about his time in office — the publisher still doesn't have any news. Instead of buckling down to write his inevitable bestseller, the former president has been busy "island-hopping," as the WaPo puts it, and trailing the current president around the world.