Michelle Obama's 'Becoming' slated to be the best-selling memoir of all time after selling more than 10 million copies
Penguin Random House, Michelle's publisher, said that the book has sold more than 10 million copies, including hardcover, audiobooks, and e-books since its release
Michelle Obama's new book, 'Becoming', is reportedly on track to become the best-selling memoir of all time. The former US First Lady released her memoir in November 2018, and since then, it has shot to the top of bestseller lists immediately, selling 725,000 copies in the US and Canada in its first day.
And according to Daily Mail, the sales continue to soar. Penguin Random House, Michelle's publisher, said that the book has sold more than 10 million copies, including hardcover, audiobooks, and e-books, since its release and that it can easily make the record of the best selling memoir in history.
"I’m not aware, in my personal experience with Penguin Random House, that we ever sold 10 million units of a memoir," Markus Dohle, Penguin Random House’s chief executive, said to the Wall Street Journal. The book already has quite a few accolades to its name, since it was named the best-selling hardcover book of the year.
Moreover, the book sold two million copies in North America within 15 days of its release, making it the fastest-selling book of 2018. The presale stats for the book were so good that Amazon predicted it to be a No. 1 selling book even before its release date.
According to reports, 'Becoming' is a three-part personal memoir that navigates through Michelle's roots growing up in the South Side of Chicago, her life as First Lady in the White House, as well as her role as a mother raising daughters Sasha and Malia.
The book is the first of a two-book deal signed by Michelle and husband, former President Barack Obama, made with Penguin Random House in 2017 for a reported $60million. The book is definitely a hit, but Michelle's popularity and sales were further bolstered by interviews with celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Jessica Parker during a nation-wide book tour.
It was a highly successful tour, as it started out with just 10 days and an additional 21 were added, with tickets starting at $29.95. However, the prices were later spiked up by thousands, in order to accommodate for the special VIP access.
Michelle is reportedly still on tour for the record-breaking personal memoir and is scheduled to speak in Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Paris in April. She is all set to return to the US and wrap up the tour in Nashville on May 12, in a talk which will be moderated by late night TV show host Stephen Colbert.