Congratulations to Michelle!
Crown Publishing also announced that it had raised the book’s print run from 1.8 million copies to 2.6 million.
First day sales for Michelle Obama’s Becoming topped 725,000 copies, making it one of the year’s biggest debuts.
Crown Publishing told The Associated Press on Friday that the figures include sales and pre-orders for the former first lady’s memoir, including hardcover, audio and e-book editions for the United States and Canada. Becoming was released on Tuesday, the same day Obama launched a national book tour. Crown also announced that it had raised the book’s print run from 1.8 million copies to 2.6 million.
Becoming had the biggest opening of any books in 2018 by Crown’s parent company, Penguin Random House.
At least one other book this year, from Simon & Schuster, did start higher: Bob Woodward’s Fear: Trump in the White House sold around 900,000 copies after one day.
One of my favorite people to watch interview Michelle is of course Ellen DeGeneres.
Michelle Obama Describes Malia’s Heavily Guarded Prom Send-Off
Former First Lady Michelle Obama sat down with Ellen to talk about her oldest daughter Malia’s unique prom experience, which included armed Secret Service trailing her to the dance. Plus, Mrs. Obama talks about her very first kiss.
A Look Back at Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Impact on America
With Former First Lady Michelle Obama back on the show, Ellen wanted to show her how much of an amazing impact and great inspiration she’s been, not only for Americans, but for people all over the world.
Ellen & Michelle Obama Go to Costco
Michelle Obama is on a book tour for her new memoir, “Becoming,” so Ellen thought the best place to set up an impromptu book signing was one of America’s favorite wholesale stores, Costco. Watch as they sign books for unsuspecting fans, do some shopping, and Ellen provides a musical interlude just for the former First Lady.
I love this interview with Jenna Bush Hager and Michelle on the Today Show from earlier this week. You can feel the personal connection between these two women!
Michelle Obama recently sat down with TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager to discuss her new book “Becoming.” The former first lady opened up about life in the White House, the challenges of raising her daughters in the spotlight and what she’ll be doing next.
Michelle is featured on the cover of the new issue of Essence magazine and she looks AMAZING! LOVE the curls!
Our Forever First Lady graces the cover of ESSENCE’s December/January issue and dishes on what made Barack Obama the one for her.
Michelle Obama, rocking her natural curls for the very first time, is the new cover star of ESSENCE’s December/January issue.
Our Forever First Lady dishes on her happiest days in the White House, balancing a career and family, and shares advice on how to find your own Barack Obama.
The former president and first lady have always been #relationshipgoals and Obama says that’s because Barack showed her who he was outside of their relationship.
“From our very first conversations, he showed me that he wasn’t afraid to express his fears and doubts, or that he might not have all the answers,” Obama told ESSENCE. “Just as important, I saw who he was not only in the way he treated me but in the way he interacted with others outside of our relationship. He showed me that he respected women by the way he treated his mother, his sisters, and his grandmother.”
Obama noted that people often don’t really have an idea of what they’re looking for in a partner, focusing on material things instead of a partner who is a fully formed individual.
Listing Barack’s compassion and desire to “fight for folks who didn’t have much power,” Obama added, “These were all things I learned long before we were married. It was all on display when we dated: he was consistent, he was honest, he was respectful, and he was secure in himself and secure in us. He hasn’t been perfect, but those things have never wavered.”
Pick up the latest issue of ESSENCE to read more from our interview, including Obama’s White House confessions and an exclusive excerpt from her new book, Becoming Michelle Obama.
Day two of her book tour found Michelle in the City of Angels where she went to Para Los Niños School and read with the children. I admire the love Michelle has for education and children so this stop did not surprise me. She then was at the The Forum for her second Intimate Conversations.
Michelle has started her book tour and made her first stop in her beloved Chicago where she did a book signing at Seminary Co-op bookstore and then did her first stop of the Intimate Conversations tour at the United Center. She also did a live taping of Good Morning America too!
– Michelle Obama Online > 2018 > November 13 | Good Morning America – Show
– Michelle Obama Online > 2018 > November 13 | Book Signing for Becoming in Chicago
– Michelle Obama Online > 2018 > November 13 | Intimate Conversations – Chicago
A few weeks ago Michelle invited some amazing women (including Shonda Rhimes, Jacqueline Woodson, Sherrilyn Ifill, Michele Norris, Farah Griffin, and Martha S. Jones) to sit down with her and talk about her book … They called it the book club of all book clubs! Here are images they have shared from their day with her.
This morning Michelle spoke with Robin Roberts on ABC’s Good Morning America … the BOOK IS OUT!
The former first lady speaks out in an exclusive live interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts in Chicago about her memoir, “Becoming,” the outcome of the midterm elections and 2020 prospects.
Obama and her brother, Craig Robinson, reflect on growing up on Chicago’s South Side, plus the former first lady shares how her daughters have gotten guidance from the Bush sisters.
USA Today shared this great article which I think really embodies who Michelle is.
Michelle Obama has some thoughts about how to succeed in politics.
The former first lady is not a fan of politics in general or certain politicians in particular, she makes clear in her blockbuster memoir, Becoming. The political process is messy and the costs were high for her family, her personal life, her professional ambitions.
“I didn’t much appreciate politicians and therefore didn’t relish the idea of my husband becoming one,” she writes. Before his breakthrough bid for the U.S. Senate from Illinois in 2004, she made him promise, out loud, that he’d leave politics altogether if he lost that race.
But he won the Senate campaign that year and the two White House campaigns that followed. His remarkable rise gave her a birds-eye view of politics as it’s played at the highest levels and for the greatest stakes. Her new book, being published Tuesday by Crown, offers some thoughts about what works.
Actually, the former Michelle Robinson had some experience with politics, local and presidential, before she ever met Barack Obama. Her father, Fraser Robinson, was a Chicago city worker, a job that carried the expectation he would volunteer as a Democratic precinct worker. One of her best friends at Whitney M. Young High School was Santita Jackson, the oldest child of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988.
Michelle Obama promises, persuasively, she will never follow in the footsteps of Hillary Clinton, a first lady-turned-presidential contender, and run for office herself.
That said, for the present, here are some of the lessons she’s learned.
Define yourself, or somebody else will
Fourteen words Michelle Obama said at a Milwaukee event during the opening stages of the 2008 primary campaign created a ferocious blow-back. “For the first time in my adult lifetime,” she said, “I’m really proud of my country.”
In her book, she quotes a fuller version of her unscripted remarks, which included a declaration that “hope is making a comeback” and the feeling that “people are hungry for change.” But critics used that key sentence to portray her as angry and disgruntled, as not really a patriot. It fed the “angry black woman” meme that she faced, to her frustration.
That stereotype was unfair and inaccurate, she thought, but it was still damaging. Campaign strategists David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett staged what she later realized was an intervention, showing her clips of some of her public appearances. She realized she sometimes came across as too serious, too severe, which made it easier for opponents to portray her as “some sort of pissed-off harpy.”
She worked on conveying more warmth. “If you don’t get out there and define yourself,” she says, “you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”Read More
Michelle wrote an open letter exclusively for the Chicago Defender …
“Chicago made me who I am. I wanted to pay tribute to the South Side community that poured so much love into me from the very beginning, so I wrote this letter to The Chicago Defender.
I hope you’ll read it.”
In the summer of 1975, Dr. Joseph A. Lavizzo, Jr., the principal at Bryn Mawr Elementary School in South Shore at the time, wrote a letter to this newspaper. In it, he defended his school from a vitriolic opinion piece that had been published a week earlier, which referred to Bryn Mawr as a “run-down slum” governed by a “ghetto mentality.” Dr. Lavizzo fought back forcefully, calling the charges “an outrageous lie, which seems designed to incite only feelings of failure and flight.”
At the time, I was going into seventh grade. Bryn Mawr was my school, and Dr. Lavizzo was my principal. I didn’t know that the letter had been published, but by then I’d already begun to recognize what was happening in my neighborhood.
In kindergarten, my classroom had been wonderfully diverse, full of children of varying ethnic and economic backgrounds—Black and White, Hispanic and Asian, most of us middle-class, though some families landed on either side of that description. In the span of just a few years, though, most of the better-off families left our neighborhood for the suburbs, and by fifth grade, almost every student in my class was Black. As “White flight” took off, prospects in South Shore fell. Observers began throwing around words like “ghetto” to describe our neighborhood. My mother would tell me years later that all the while, predatory real estate agents were never far, whispering to home owners that they should sell before it was too late. The future was coming, they’d say, and it didn’t look good.Read More