Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming, is this year’s bestselling book.
Last Friday, Penguin Random House announced that the hardcover edition of the former US first lady’s book has sold more copies than any other book published this year. Over 2 million copies, in all formats and editions, have been sold in the United States and Canada alone.
The publisher also said the hardcover edition will have 3.4 million copies in print in the U.S. and Canada after six printings, beating out all other books published in the U.S. this year. Becoming was released on Nov. 13 and sold a whopping 725,000 copies on just its first day in print, the highest single-day sales of any book by the publisher this year.
The book is also a bestseller around the world, topping the adult nonfiction rankings in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Holland, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Greece, Penguin Random House said.
"Becoming" chronicles Obama's path from a child growing up in the South Side of Chicago to her time as first lady of the United States. The book also features Obama's harshest public criticism of President Donald Trump.
She writes that she will "never forgive" Trump for spreading the baseless "birther" conspiracy theory that Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
The whole [birther] thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed. But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks. What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington? What if that person went looking for our girls? Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk. And for this I’d never forgive him.
In response to the memoir, Trump told reporters: “She got paid a lot of money to write a book and they always insist that you come up with controversial.”
Obama is currently on a book tour promote Becoming and is slated to hit London, Paris, Detroit, Denver and other cities in the next few weeks.