Cover Revealed for Michelle Obama Memoir BECOMING

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Susie Dumond

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Susie (she/her) is a queer writer originally from Little Rock, now living in Washington, DC. She is the author of QUEERLY BELOVED and the forthcoming LOOKING FOR A SIGN from Dial Press/Random House. You can find her on Instagram @susiedoom.

In February, former first lady Michelle Obama shook the book world when she revealed via Twitter that she’s writing a new memoir, Becoming, coming out on November 13th. Today, Penguin Random House unveiled the official cover of the memoir.

Becoming by Michelle Obama – photo by Miller Mobley, courtesy of Penguin Random House

The photo featured on the cover was selected from a DC photo shoot by celebrity portrait photographer Miller Mobley. Penguin Random House also released the following description of the memoir:

“In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African-American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

“In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. 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. 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.”

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Becoming on November 13! Until then, we’ll keep you updated on breaking news about Barack and Michelle Obama’s upcoming literary projects.

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