News ID: 235090
Published: 1200 GMT December 01, 2018

Michelle Obama's memoir 'Becoming' breaks sales record in 15 days

Michelle Obama's memoir 'Becoming' breaks sales record in 15 days

Former first lady Michelle Obama's memoir 'Becoming' has become the best-selling book released this year in the US just 15 days after publication.

The book sold more than two million units in the US and Canada in the 15 days since its November 13 release, bustle.com wrote.

This isn't the first time Michelle Obama's memoir has made headlines for its sales figures. The book moved 725,000 copies during its first day on store shelves, which amounted to "the largest single-day sales total for any book published in 2018 by Penguin Random House", according to a November 16 press release. 'Becoming' doubled those numbers for its first week of sales, which totaled 1,400,000 units.

Being the best-selling book of 2018 means that 'Becoming' has outsold other notable, fast-moving releases. The best-selling book during the first half of the year was another political release: Michael Wolff's 'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House'. But even that book, which became "the fastest selling title in Henry Holt and Co.'s history" ahead of its January 9 release date, could not do in 11 months what Michelle Obama's memoir has done in two weeks.

In truth, it's no real wonder that Michelle Obama's memoir has sold so many copies so quickly. 'Becoming' is the highly anticipated first part of a two-book deal the Obamas signed last year, and it received a much talked-about endorsement from Oprah Winfrey, who declared it to be her next book club pick, just before its release on November 13.

As a memoir, 'Becoming' naturally contains a lot of touching anecdotes from the former first lady of the US, but it also delves into her anger with the current administration. In addition to revealing how Barack Obama had proposed and that she had a miscarriage before her daughters were born, and that she conceived Sasha and Malia through IVF treatment, Obama also expresses her disdain for Donald Trump, whom she says she will 'never forgive' for the way he endangered her family through birtherism.

 

   
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