The news was released via Markus Dohle, CEO of Penguin Random House, the publisher for the Crown imprint. It was also tweeted by the former first lady.
“Writing Becoming has been a deeply personal experience,” said Michelle Obama in a statement. “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.”
Obama will promote the book with a US and international tour, according to the publisher, with one million copies of the book donated to the educational nonprofit First Book. It will be published simultaneously in 24 languages around the world, and an audio version read by Mrs. Obama will also be available. The US print edition carries a $32.50 suggested list price, with the US digital edition at $14.99 suggested.
Former president Barack Obama is also writing his memoir, but the release date has not been slated.
Last year, both Obamas landed a two-memoir deal with Crown, a Penguin Random House imprint. The deal was reportedly worth a combined $60 million, an enormous amount in the publishing world. The Obamas are reportedly planning to donate an undisclosed but “significant” portion of the earnings to charity, including the Obama Foundation.
First lady memoirs generally sell well, and Michelle Obama has never shared a lengthy background. Her only previous book was a 2012 work on gardening, American Grown.
Penguin Random House’s Dohle said the book is “an unusually intimate reckoning from a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.”