Regardless of your political affiliation, it’s tough to argue that Mrs. Michelle Obama was entirely unsuccessful in her role as First Lady. While she did support (and continues to support) issues on which much of the country disagrees, she remained classy in her style, faithful to her husband, and intelligent with her words. So it is no surprise that she has now written a book that is being well-received by her personal fans and followers.
Whether or not you plan to read the book, Becoming, here are 7 things to know about it—
1. The book was published on November 13, and is already a bestseller.
In the first 7 days after publication, the book sold more than 1.4 million copies. Barnes & Noble said the book gave them “the biggest first-week sales of any book this year.”
Why?—no doubt much of the book’s success can be contributed to the author’s transparency on several topics, including—
2. She discusses miscarriage and her struggle to have a baby.
“A miscarriage is lonely, painful, and demoralizing almost on a cellular level. When you have one, you will likely mistake it for a personal failure, which it is not.”
In the book, she shares her difficult journey to conceive and eventually give birth to her daughters, Sasha and Malia with the help of in vitro fertilization.
3. She discusses the struggles in her marriage.
It has come as a surprise to many readers that the Obamas have been to marriage counseling, but the author writes transparently—
“I feel vulnerable all the time. And I had to learn how to express that to my husband, to tap into those parts of me that missed him—and the sadness that came from that—so that he could understand.”
4. She discusses the most difficult day her husband had as President.
December 14, 2012, was the only time in 8 years that the President requested the presence of his wife in the middle of the workday. The reason?—It was the day 20-year-old Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and fatally shot 20 children between the ages of 6 and 7, as well as 6 school staff members.
“Those images were seared permanently into his psyche. I could see in his eyes how broken they’d left him, what this had done already to his faith.”
5. She discusses the likelihood of her own run for President.
Due to her current and overwhelming popularity with Democrats, Michelle Obama is often asked if she’ll ever run for President. In the epilogue of her book she makes it clear that she has “no intention of running for office, ever.”
6. She discusses Trump’s famous “birther campaign.”
During Barack Obama’s presidential campaign—and later during his presidency—individuals, including Donald Trump, called for Obama to submit his birth certificate and prove its authenticity. This became known as the “birther campaign” or “birther movement,” which Michelle Obama blames entirely on now President Trump.
Michelle Obama believes the “birther campaign” was “deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks.” And in her book, she writes—
“Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk. And for this I’d never forgive him.”
7. The book is part of a joint book deal with her husband.
Former President Barack Obama’s memoir is expected next year and is already projected to be worth tens of millions of dollars.
For now, Michelle Obama is in the early stages of a 13-city book tour where she’ll take her story around the country. And, perhaps no surprise, Oprah Winfrey selected the book as her new book club pick (not that the book really needed any extra endorsements).
Some who have read the book believe she wrote it to help clear the path for the 2020 election season. She certainly wasn’t silent about her disdain for President Trump. One of many things she had to write about the President include—
“I will always wonder about what led so many women, in particular, to reject an exceptionally qualified female candidate and instead choose a misogynist as their president.”
The timing of Michelle Obama’s book may be intentional as the “exceptionally qualified female candidate” (a.k.a Hillary Clinton) shared her plans earlier this month to again run for President. Time will tell if Michelle Obama’s book resonates with American women or if—due to some dismissive comments about women with whom she disagrees—her writing is eventually seen as largely unbecoming.