Michelle Obama's memoir to be launched year end

Becoming by Michelle Obama (left, with former United States president Barack Obama) will be released on Nov 13.
Becoming by Michelle Obama (left, with former United States president Barack Obama) will be released on Nov 13.PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA

NEW YORK • Former United States first lady Michelle Obama's memoir, Becoming, will hit bookstores on Nov 13.

It will be published by Crown, a Penguin Random House imprint, which acquired world publication rights of it along with a book by former US president Barack Obama in February. (The undisclosed details of the deal, which The Financial Times reported to be worth US$65 million, or S$85.5 million, have been subject to widespread speculation.)

"Writing Becoming has been a deeply personal experience," Mrs Obama wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

Crown wrote in a statement that the book will also touch on Mrs Obama's time in the White House, motherhood, her public health campaign and more.

The book will be published simultaneously in 24 languages; an audio edition, read by Mrs Obama, will be released at the same time. She also announced that one million copies will be donated to First Book, a non-profit organisation that provides books and learning materials to children.

Mrs Obama's previous book, American Grown, promoted healthy eating through recipes and historical vignettes. Mr Obama has yet to release the details of his memoir.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 27, 2018, with the headline 'Michelle Obama's memoir to be launched year end'. Print Edition | Subscribe