Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming, last year and it was a huge success. The book became a bestseller even before it hit bookstores had received the most pre-order sales of any adult book since Harper Lee’s 2015 novel Go Set a Watchman, which went on to have the largest first-day sales in the company’s history.
In an interview with PEOPLE last year, Mrs. Obama, 55, talked about being so open and her relationship with husband Mr. Obama.
She said: ”Because we’re role models, it’s important for us to be honest and say, ‘If you’re in a marriage and there are times you want to leave, that’s normal,’ because I felt that way,”
It was just announced that the former first lady is going to have a new title hitting bookstores next month. The new release is not another memoir but her latest is a journal titled Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice.
It will be released on November 19 and feature an introduction from the former first lady.
According to publisher Penguin Random House, ”It includes more than 150 inspiring questions and quotes that resonate with key themes in Mrs.
Obama’s memoir and that are designed to help readers reflect on their personal and family history, their goals, challenges, and dreams, what moves them and brings them hope, and what future they imagine for themselves and their community.
PEOPLE website shared an excerpt of the introduction, in which Obama talks about the impact writing in a journal has had on her own life.
She writes: ”I’d only kept a journal for a short period of my life, for a couple of years during my late twenties as I was getting more serious with Barack and contemplating a new career.
It was a tumultuous time filled with change, and I found that dedicating time to writing my thoughts down helped me navigate all the transitions.Then I put it away and didn’t pick it up again until I began writing my memoir. Instantly, I was transported back to that earlier version of myself, with all the warmth, heartbreak, and frustration flooding in.
”The experience left me asking myself, ‘Why didn’t I journal more?’ The answer, like for so many of you, I’m sure, was that I simply got busy. I switched careers. I got married. I had children. Somewhere along the line, I ended up in ball gowns at the White House, however that happened.”
”Looking back, I wish I’d taken more time to write down what I was thinking and feeling. I didn’t journal much because I talked myself out of it—journaling can feel a little intimidating and layered with implication, the idea being that once you put pen to paper, your thoughts have extra weight and meaning.”
”What I recognize now, though, is far more simple: We don’t have to remember everything. But everything we remember has value.”
All rights of excerpts belong to Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice by Michelle Obama.
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