Michelle Obama’s Book Sold 10M Copies, Could Be Best Selling Memoir Ever

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Written by Ann Brown
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FILE – In this Nov. 30, 2018 file photo, former First Lady Michelle Obama signs books during an appearance for her book, “Becoming,” in New York. Obama’s book quickly became among the best-selling political memoirs ever. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

“Becoming” is on its way to becoming the best-selling memoir ever. According to Michelle Obama’s publisher, her book has sold almost 10 million copies.

German media company Bertelsmann SE, which owns American mega-publisher Penguin Random House, racked in a whopping $20 billion in revenue last year, the most it’s earned in since 2007 — and a lot of this is because of “Becoming.”

Since it was published last November, “Becoming” took off. “It is the No. 1 hardcover nonfiction bestseller on the New York Times’ list, where it has spent 18 weeks,” Los Angeles Times reported.


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And it is a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The former first lady has been touring and speaking at sold-out events across the country as well as in Canada and Europe.

Fans of Obama’s have not only gone to Twitter to praise the book and her. Some calling her to run for political office, others comparing her memoir to that of Donald Trump’s “Art of the Deal.” One person tweeted: “We have a former First Lady who can write and a current President who can’t read.” Another sarcastically posted, “So you are saying it outsold ‘The Art of The Deal’?”

Penguin Random House bet that Michelle Obama be a winner was on the money. The publishing house has give her and former President Barack Obama a two-book deal believed to be worth $60 million. Now they are hoping her husband’s upcoming memoir will be just as successful.

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About Ann Brown

Ann Brown has been a freelance writer for more than two decades. Her work has appeared in CocoaFab, Black Enterprise, Essence, MadameNoire.com, New York Trend, Upscale, Moguldom, AFKInsider, The Network Journal, Playboy, Africa Strictly Business, For Harriet, Pathfinders, Black Meetings & Tourism, Frequent Flier, Girl, Honey, Source Sports, The Source, Black Radio Exclusive, and Launch. She studied journalism at New York University and has her B.A. Born in New York, Ann lived in Praia, Cabo Verde, for nearly a decade. She created “An American In Cabo Verde,” a Facebook community.