In a statement to People Magazine on Sunday, February 25th, Michelle Obama announced the release of her upcoming memoir, Becoming. The publication reports that her new book will be released in 24 different languages worldwide.
As for its content and scope, Obama said writing the book was a “deeply personal experience” and for the first time it allowed her to “reflect on the unexpected trajectory of (her) life.”
The wife of former president Barack Obama said she was just a little girl from South Side of Chicago and she learned to use her voice to “empower others.”
Writing BECOMING has been a deeply personal experience. It has allowed me, for the very first time, the space to honestly reflect on the unexpected trajectory of my life. In this book, I talk about my roots and how a little girl from the South Side of Chicago found her voice and developed the strength to use it to empower others. I hope my journey inspires readers to find the courage to become whoever they aspire to be. I can't wait to share my story. Please visit the website in my bio for more information.
Markus Dohle, the CEO of Penguin Random House, claimed her memoir is an “unusually intimate reckoning” from a woman who has defied all expectations.
The CEO states her book will inspire people to achieve in the same way as Michelle. Michelle’s husband, Barack, is also working on a book detailing his life as the president which is set for release in Spring of 2019.
And while Michelle is typically forthcoming about her life and works, in the past year since leaving the White House, the former first lady of the USA has given few clues on the content of her book, other than stating it will be “inspirational.”
The 54-year-old admitted her “parents weren’t wealthy,” or “fancy folks.” However, she and her family had a good life living in a small apartment.
Michelle conceded she is luckier than most in the sense that she grew up in a loving home where she received loving support. Earlier in the month, Obama gave a talk in Indianapolis where she alleged that many women of color grow up doubting themselves because of their ethnic background.