April 18, 2024

LISTEN: Michelle Obama reads from her highly anticipated new memoir ‘Becoming’

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Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks at the American Library Association annual conference in New Orleans, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s much anticipated new memoir is set to hit the shelves this week, and advance sales have pretty much confirmed that it’s going to be a massive hit.

Becoming, which is about her life from her childhood, growing up on the Southside of Chicago, through her historic White House years, comes out Tuesday.

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For those who simply can’t wait another day, Monday, NPR obtained an exclusive which provide fans with a preemptive listen to two sections of the audio book, read by Mrs. O herself.

The first clip focuses on her time at Princeton, and what it was like being a minority at the Ivy League institute while navigating the tricky parts of college life.

“The hope was that all of us would mingle in heterogeneous harmony,” she says of the university’s official stance on diversity. But, Obama points out that the burden to make that happen was often placed on the minority students.

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In the second clip, our forever First Lady read an excerpt about when her husband, former President Barack Obama, was still an Illinois senator and they were struggling to start a family.

“I treated it like a mission,” she says of that period in her mid thirties. “No matter how hard we tried, we couldn’t seem to come up with a pregnancy.” She had a miscarriage and, later, the couple conceived their two daughters through IVF treatments.

According to Variety, Becoming, will be published in 24 languages and released in both print and digital formats by Crown Publishing Group, with Obama narrating an audio edition, under the Penguin Random House Audio imprint, that will be issued as both a digital download and physical CD.

Due to overwhelming number of pre-orders, the book has already landed on Amazon’s best-sellers list prior to its release.

You can check out the audio clips here on NPR.

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