Michelle Obama's Memoir Officially Has A Title And A Release Date

"Becoming" will be a "deep reflection" on the life of the former First Lady.

The title and release date of Michelle Obama's upcoming memoir, the first of two expected from the Obamas, was announced Sunday. Entitled Becoming, the book will be published on Nov. 13 in 24 languages. The former First Lady herself will narrate the audio version of the book. 


"Writing BECOMING has been a deeply personal experience," Obama wrote on Instagram. "It has allowed me, for the very first time, the space to honestly reflect on the unexpected trajectory of my life. In this book, I talk about my roots and how a little girl from the South Side of Chicago found her voice and developed the strength to use it to empower others. I hope my journey inspires readers to find the courage to become whoever they aspire to be. I can't wait to share my story."

The work is being heralded by publisher Crown Publishing Group as one of "deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling." The division of Penguin Random House has published works from both Michelle and Barack in the past, but Becoming is Michelle's first memoir. 

"With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms," the synopsis reads online. "Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same."

Cover image via Chuck Kennedy / Obama White House Archives

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