Michelle Obama will publish a new book, ‘The Light We Carry,’ this fall
Michelle Obama’s 2018 memoir, “Becoming,” was one of the best-selling books of all time, selling more than 17 million copies worldwide. Now she has a new book coming out this fall, Penguin Random House announced Thursday.
The book, titled “The Light We Carry,” which will be released Nov. 15, is about staying positive in tough times, she said.
“How do we overcome our fears?” Mrs. Obama said in a video announcement for the project. “How can we channel our frustration into something positive? And how to rekindle this flame that is in each of us?
She continued, “I’ve spoken to a lot of loved ones, a lot of you, about what we all seem to be going through, and what came out of that process is actually my book.”
“The Light We Carry” will include some of Mrs. Obama’s approaches to these challenges, including taking the high road and encouraging readers to overcome their fear and find strength in community.
Penguin Random House said the book will be published in 14 languages and the initial print run in the United States will be 2.75 million copies. Like his memoir, “Becoming,” it will be published by Crown, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
“As the world grapples with an unprecedented health pandemic, deep political divisions, social and racial injustice, and anxiety about the future,” said Markus Dohle, chief executive of Penguin Random House, in a press release. “I am confident that his new book will provide all of us with the comfort we urgently need while rekindling a spirit of optimism about the power we all hold to positively shape our personal and collective future.
Mrs. Obama’s memoir took readers on her journey from her childhood in south Chicago to her time as the first black first lady. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, it has been translated into 50 languages. The audiobook version, which she narrated, won a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album.
But considering the sales they’ve made, it seems to have been a good bet for their publisher. In addition to “Becoming,” which BookScan, an industry tracker, described as one of the best-selling books of all time, the first installment of Mr. Obama’s presidential memoir, “A Promised Land,” has sold over 8 million units worldwide. since its release in 2020.
This means that in the past four years alone, the Obamas have sold 25 million books.