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Michelle Obama’s memoir is Barnes & Noble fastest-selling book of 2018

Former first lady Michelle Obama’s memoir “Becoming” has become the fastest-selling book of 2018 at Barnes & Noble, surpassing the Trump administration tell-all “Fear: Trump in the White House” by veteran journalist Bob Woodward.

In addition to being this year’s fastest seller, Barnes & Noble also announced that “Becoming” had the best first-week sales of any adult book since 2015’s “Go Set a Watchman,” the highly anticipated second novel from “To Kill A Mockingbird” author Harper Lee.

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Michelle Obama’s memoir is Barnes & Noble fastest-selling book of 2018


Publisher Penguin Random House announced that “Becoming” sold more than 725,000 copies on its first day of release last week, the highest single-day sales of any book by the publisher this year.

“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.

“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,” Michelle Obama writes.

Obama’s memoir is just the latest in a series of splashy political book releases this year. Barnes & Noble said in October, just before the midterm elections, that there had been a 57 percent boost in political book sales from a year earlier.

Woodward’s “Fear” sold 900,000 copies on its first day and 1.1 million in the first week, breaking records at the 94-year Simon & Schuster.

Former FBI Director James Comey’s “A Higher Loyalty” sold 600,000 copies in its first week in April, while the controversial “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff sold 192,000 books during its first week in January.

Hillary Clinton’s election post-mortem, “What Happened,” had the lowest sales of the bunch, notching 167,000 copies sold during its first week last September.

Michelle Obama is currently promoting “Becoming” on a cross-country book tour that has filled arenas with crowds in the thousands.

105 Comments

  1. Michelle my inspiration, nice write up and keep it. But I wonder why trump term have been something for you to write on, let trump rule, you have done yours already.

  2. I really need to read this book “becoming”. A book with highest sales record. Michelle settled down to write this book o

  3. This is how active an ex first lady should be,she is a total package towards bridging the holes of simplicity in a common man.Good work

  4. This is a nice article I will love to read it anytime soon being the highest sale article and the intellectual in the book

  5. She’s actually an intelligent writer and also an inspiration to other woman, formal first ladies rather sit and do nothing but with her its different she utilizes her time to writing which is great to the extent of being the highest selling wow

  6. Wow! 725,000 copies sold on its first day of release, that is a huge sale. Congratulations madam Michelle Obama.

  7. this is a huge profit made in just one day this is incredible you’ve done well to impact lives with this book. Keep up

  8. Mitchell Obama you are a virtuous woman and someone to emulate her lifestyle but saying you will never forgive Trump is not nice at all because we are all humans and we offend people on daily basis and also offend God every second, every minute, every hour, every day and every time we spend in our lives. Please learn how to forgive no matter how the person hurts you so that you will also be forgiven.

  9. Honestly I really need to read to read this book. And why will triumph make such baseless accusation of Obama not born in the united stated. That is not reasonable.

  10. Waoh that’s great,it’s not be long she launched that book that is selling like that, I gues it must have been well arranged

  11. It pays to work hard,
    Especially when it cones to writing books it’s not always easy.
    Keep on the hard work and earn more.

  12. What a huge sale. I guess the contents are worth reading. Congratulations to you Michelle Obama. We Africans are proud of you.

  13. Yeah as the first wife of the black American president you gat to keep your name moving,make a good history and memories that’s nice books

  14. Nice one Michelle for this great book which is breaking records. But is like there is a bone of contention between the Obama’s and Trumps.

  15. Please ma, their is something you must know that without sin their won’t be any forgiveness we human beings are meant to make mistake and forgiveness clear roads. Congrats on ur books.

  16. This is to prove that the former First Lady is still love by the people and not just that, there’s grace on her.

  17. This is how active an ex first lady should be,she is a total package towards bridging the holes of simplicity in a common man.Good work

  18. Congrats, Michelle Obama, the book must be very good,that is why the rate of sales is very high.that is trump for u,he doesn’t think before he talks

  19. Wow that’s a good one. I will really want to have a copy of that book. Congrats on your achievement former first lady

  20. Now I think I should start looking for that book, so many talk abt it. It must be one great hell of a book. Where can I get it in Nigeria?

  21. Comment*this must be a wonderful book, congrats to the writer” former first lady of America, I wish I can get it here to see what it contains myself

  22. This woman is so bold an focused I love her style she’s a great woman and people love her that’s why her books are sole out easily keep on with the good work

  23. Congratulations to you Michelle Obama. Americans can read for the whole world. Look at, at d first day of releasing d book 725000 was sold at Barnes and nobles. I hope Nigerians will learn from them

  24. Kudos ma’am this book must sure be inspiring anticipating in advance please let’s get some here in Nigeria

  25. Seriously she’s incomparable, She’s actually an intelligent writer and also an inspiration to other woman, formal first ladies rather sit and do nothing but with her its different she utilizes .

  26. I would love to have and read the book at least, God knows when that’ll be but I am sure it’ll be worth the wait at the long run.

  27. Wow… This Is great .Even when I think you are always harsh on Triumph politically
    Congratulations Michelle

  28. Why this woman Michelle Obama always calling president Trump names,as if your husband didn’t came with lies of reaping against him

  29. Former First Lady Michelle Obama, glad to know you are protecting your girls via writing quality books!

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