Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ sold 725,000 copies on first day
“We are thrilled by the extraordinary response to Mrs. Obama’s beautifully rendered and deeply personal memoir, and we are confident that ‘Becoming’ will inspire millions of readers,” the publisher said.
Beloved first lady Michelle Obama sold more than 725,000 copies of her memoir, Becoming, on its first day on the market, one of the largest single-day sales of the year in book publishing, according to The Hill.
This total sales figure includes all formats and editions in the United States and Canada, ranging from audio book and Spanish-language version to hardback, according to Penguin Random House.
The sales number also puts the former first lady’s book on equal footing with Fear: Trump in the White House, by veteran journalist Bob Woodward, whose book sold 750,000 copies in one day when it hit shelves in September,
“We are thrilled by the extraordinary response to Mrs. Obama’s beautifully rendered and deeply personal memoir, and we are confident that ‘Becoming’ will inspire millions of readers,” Penguin Random House U.S. CEO Madeline McIntosh said in a Friday statement, according to The Hill.
Along with the rock star book sales, our forever FLOTUS has sold out a 10-city national book tour.
Becoming was published with a first printing of 1.8 million copies of the hardcover edition. The publisher has already gone back to press for an additional 800,000 hardcover copies, according to Bossip.
Some far-right haters are big mad.
New York Post writer Maureen Callahan attended the first book tour stop and later called Barack and Michelle Obama “gurus for hire” and “hypocrites.”
“To read the worshipful press coverage, you’d never know that, for Democrats, the unthinkable has happened: Michelle Obama has revealed herself as just another guru for sale,” Callahan said, according to Rollingout.
This year marks a banner year for books both about and written by political figures. A September report from market research company NPD Group found that political book sales were up 25 percent in 2018, The Hill reports.