Michelle Obama’s book The Light We Carry is out this fall

NEW YORK (AP) — Michelle Obama will release a book this fall, The Light We Carry, in which she reflects on her experiences and provides insights into navigating an increasingly stressful world.

It is the former first lady’s first entirely new work since the release of her acclaimed blockbuster, Becoming, in 2018, which has sold more than 17 million copies worldwide, breaking the sales of any memoir by a previous first lady or modern president, including hers man, surpasses. former President Barack Obama.

“I’ve learned that it’s okay to recognize that self-worth comes with vulnerability, and that we humans on this earth share the urge to always strive for better, no matter what,” writes Michelle Obama in the book’s introduction, contained in the Thursday announcement by Verlagsgruppe Random House and its imprint Crown.

“We get braver in the light. When you know your light, you know yourself. You honestly know your own story. In my experience, this kind of self-awareness builds trust, which in turn breeds calmness and the ability to see things through, which ultimately leads to being able to connect meaningfully with others – and that, to me, is the foundation of all things. “

The new book isn’t part of the alleged eight-figure deal the Obamas struck with parent company Penguin Random House for their respective memoirs in 2017, shortly after he left office. A spokesperson declined to discuss the financial terms of The Light We Carry.

Crown will release the 336-page book on November 15, almost exactly four years after the publication of Becoming, and has announced a first printing of 2.75 million copies for the US and Canada. The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times will be released simultaneously in 14 languages ​​and 27 countries, with more rights deals awaited.

“In ‘The Light We Carry,’ Ms. Obama offers readers a series of fresh stories and insightful reflections on change, challenge and power, including her belief that when we shine a light to others, we can illuminate the wealth and potential of people around the world around us, discovering deeper truths and new avenues for progress,” reads the publisher’s announcement, in part.

“Because of her experiences as a mother, daughter, wife, friend and first lady, she shares the habits and principles she has developed to successfully adapt to change and overcome various obstacles – the wisdom she has acquired that helps her to keep going’ will’. ”

On Thursday, Penguin Random House announced that it would be renaming an annual writing award in her honor the $10,000 Michelle Obama Award for Memoir, part of an awards program for public high school students the company established in 1993 Has.

Since completing Becoming, Michelle Obama has written an issue for younger readers and started a podcast. She has worked with Barack Obama and his production company Higher Ground on projects such as the Academy Award-winning documentary American Factory and a documentary about her tour for Becoming, when she appeared in arenas across the country with guest interviewers such as Oprah Winfrey and Sarah Jessica Parker. Promotional plans for “The Light We Carry” will be announced at a later date.

Crown is also the longtime editor of Barack Obama, himself a million-selling author. A Promised Land, the first of two planned memoirs about his presidency, will be released in 2020. A spokesperson declined to comment on when the next book will be released.

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