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Michelle Obama's memoir hits shelves tomorrow

Michelle Obama's memoir hits shelves tomorrow

Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s memoir is hitting shelves this week, and advance sales indicate it’s shaping up to be a hit.

Obama’s book, Becoming, arrives on November 14 and will be published in 24 languages. As the first African-American First Lady, Obama made it her mission to promote diversity and inclusivity, both in the White House, and around the world.

In her much-anticipated memoir, the former first lady will, according to her publisher, cover everything ‘from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address.’

In her memoir, Obama reflects on some of her toughest moments in the political spotlight, and shares how she had to learn to juggle the expectations of being first lady, with the day-to-day demands of being a wife and mother. She also reveals her biggest triumphs — both personal and professional — while looking back at some unexpected disappointments as well.

‘Writing Becoming has been a deeply personal experience,’ Obama said in a press release. ‘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.’

Obama also reflects on the devastation she has felt watching some of her husband's achievements as President be unravelled by the current administration. 

'It’s been hard to watch as carefully built, compassionate policies have been rolled back, as we’ve alienated some of our closest allies and left vulnerable members of our society exposed and dehumanized. I sometimes wonder where the bottom might be.'