More than 17 million copies of her critically praised book “Becoming” have been sold globally, outpacing the sales of any previous first lady or current president’s biography.
This autumn, Michelle Obama will release a book called The Light We Carry in which she reflects on her experiences and offers advice for surviving in a world that is becoming more and more stressful.
It’s the former first lady’s first entirely new work since the publication of her critically acclaimed blockbuster Becoming in 2018. Becoming outsold all previous first ladies’ and modern presidents’ memoirs in terms of sales, including her husband, former President Barack Obama, by more than 17 million copies worldwide.
The introduction to the book, which was included in Thursday’s announcement by Random House Publishing Group and its imprint Crown, is written by Michelle Obama. “I’ve learned it’s okay to recognise that self-worth comes wrapped in vulnerability, and that what we share as humans on this earth is the impulse to strive for better, always and no matter what,” she writes.
“Our boldness and brilliance increase. Knowing your light means understanding who you are. In an honest sense, you are aware of your own narrative. In my opinion, the ability to connect meaningfully with people is the underpinning of everything. This kind of self-knowledge, in my experience, creates confidence, which in turn produces tranquilly and the capacity to retain perspective.
The new book is not a part of the reportedly eight-figure memoir agreement the Obamas had with parent firm Penguin Random House in 2017, soon after he left office. A representative refused to comment on The Light We Carry’s financing arrangements.
Crown has announced a first printing of 2.75 million copies for the U.S. and Canada for the 336-page book, which will be published on Nov. 15—pretty much precisely four years after the publication of Becoming. With more rights agreements anticipated, The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times will be released concurrently in 14 languages and 27 countries.
The publisher’s announcement states, in part, “In The Light We Carry, Mrs. Obama offers readers a series of fresh stories and insightful reflections on change, challenge, and power, including her belief that when we light up for others, we can illuminate the richness and potential of the world around us, discovering deeper truths and new pathways for progress.”
She explains the habits and principles she has formed to effectively adapt to change and overcome numerous difficulties, drawing on her experiences as a mother, daughter, husband, friend, and First Lady. This gained knowledge helps her in continuing to “becoming.”