Michelle Obama to continue ‘Becoming’ success with journal

A week after top young adult authors announced their intentions to release journals to partner with their books, former First Lady Michelle Obama also has the same plans for her best-selling 2018 memoir, Becoming.

Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice will have over 150 inspiring questions and quotes that resonate with her memoir to help readers reflect on “their personal and family history, their goals, challenges, and dreams, what moves them and brings them hope, and what future they imagine for themselves and their community,” according to the Monday press release from publisher Penguin Random House.

The book will be published on its imprint Clarkson Potter, which unveiled part of the introduction:

“I hope you’ll use this journal to write down your experiences, thoughts, and feelings, in all their imperfections, and without judgment…. We don’t have to remember everything. But everything we remember has value.”

Coming out Nov. 19, it will make a perfect fall holiday book gift, like her memoir last year that sold 11.5 million units in print, digital, and audio formats so far, with 7.5 million of those units being sold in the U.S. and Canada alone. It’s been published in 45 languages.

Starting off with 500,000 copies, the journal will be on sale first in the U.S. and Canada with a Spanish language edition, then expand to more than 20 countries.

Becoming was the last book on Oprah’s Book Club list before its Apple revamp.

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