Michelle Obama to Release Second Book

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Kisha Smith

“When we are able to recognize our own light, we become empowered to use it,” writes Michelle Obama in her new book, The Light We Carry, the follow-up to her critically acclaimed, #1 bestselling memoir Becoming.

Obama announced the book November 15 release on Instagram, posting “Like so many of you, I’ve spent a lot of time these past few years thinking about how to keep myself centered in a world filled with so much uncertainty. That process of reflection actually led me to start writing again—and today, I could not be more thrilled to tell you about my new book, The Light We Carry.

“This book,” she continued, “is a collection of stories and practices that have helped me sort through all the challenges and questions that keep us up at night: How do I know I’m good enough? How do I bring my whole self to the table? How can I overcome my fears?”

Drawing from her experiences as a mother, daughter, spouse, friend, and First Lady, she shares the habits and principles she has developed to successfully adapt to change and overcome various obstacles—the earned wisdom that helps her continue to “become.” She details her most valuable practices, like “starting kind,” “going high,” and assembling a “kitchen table” of trusted friends and mentors.

An initial printing of 2.75 million copies reflects just how successful Penguin Random House—who has worldwide publishing rights— believes the 336-page book will be. Her first book, Becoming, sold more than 17 million units. The Light We Carry will be published simultaneously in 14 languages and 27 countries around the world. An audio edition—read by Obama—will also be available.


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