It’s only been a few days since her memoir, Becoming, has been released and it’s already pushed over a half a million copies. The former FLOTUS’s first book has sold over 725,000 copies and counting according to the Associated Press.
The copies include hardcover books, audiobooks and e-books. Becoming , which was published by former President Obama’s company Crown Publishing, gave Penguin Random House its biggest opening week this year.
In her memoir, Mrs. Obama discusses her impoverished childhood in detail and also gave readers a vivid view of the marital troubles she and former President Obama faced during his presidency that led them to seek counseling. She even wrote about the miscarriage she faced in hopes to normalize and encourage that conversation to happen more frequently among women.
One thing she was also candid about was her feelings about our current president, Donald Trump, who made accusations that President Obama had ties to terrorists.
“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.”
Even though her book and her accompanying book tour are highly successful, Mrs. Obama recently received backlash from a New York Times critic for her outlandish prices for tickets to her book tour.
“The cheapest ticket I could find, five days after the on- sale date, was for $920.81, and that came with no extras: No meet-and-greet, no signed book, no free book, no T-shirt or tote bag or even a food court coupon,” critic Maureen Callahan wrote. “Just the privilege of sitting on an uncomfortable folding chair for three hours as Michelle Obama engaged in the kind of sleazy cash grab/ego stroke normally the province of Hillary Clinton.”
Tonight (Nov. 17th), Mrs. Obama’s book tour will be stopping in Washington D.C at the Capital One Arena. Upcoming tour stops include Boston, London, Detroit, Denver and will wrap up Dec. 17th in Dallas, TX.