A year after the release of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s bestselling memoir Becoming, readers continue to revel in the warmth, wisdom, humility, and candor of her story. In it, she details the experiences that have helped her to become the woman she is today and the person she continues to evolve into.
Becoming covers Mrs. Obama’s upbringing in Chicago, her education at Princeton and Harvard, her marriage to former President Barack Obama, her balancing being a mom to daughters Malia and Sasha with her work, her family’s time in the White House, and more. The memoir also encourages readers to tell their own stories, to help empower them become who they are also meant to be. Becoming is at once a deeply intimate and personal chronicle of an astonishing life, while also sharing important, moving, and near-universal lessons whose truths will resonate with many readers.
As Mrs. Obama beautifully writes in her book, “It’s not about being perfect. It’s not about where you get yourself in the end. There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there’s grace in being willing to know and hear others. This, for me, is how we become.”
And on Friday, November 1, a special deluxe signed edition of Becoming will be available for pre-order from Barnes & Noble. It will be available in stores for purchase on November 16. This beautiful edition comes in a gift box and features a clothbound book signed by the author and former First Lady of the United States. There is also additional book content—Michelle Obama’s “Note to Self”, along with two gorgeous, frame-worthy prints of her inspiring words, and a portrait of Michelle Obama by renowned photographer Miller Mobley.
To celebrate the arrival of this stunning deluxe edition, we’ve collected some of our favorite quotes from Becoming. Which ones most inspire you?
“For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.”
“Am I good enough? Yes I am.”
“Inspiration on its own was shallow; you had to back it up with hard work.”
“Do we settle for the world as it is, or do we work for the world as it should be?”
“If you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”
“It was one thing to get yourself out of a stuck place, I realized. It was another thing entirely to try and get the place itself unstuck.”
“There are truths we face and truths we ignore.”
“Bullies were scared people hiding inside scary people.”
“My job, I realized, was to be myself, to speak as myself. And so I did.”
“Friendships between women, as any woman will tell you, are built of a thousand small kindnesses… swapped back and forth and over again.”
“Failure is a feeling long before it becomes an actual result. It’s vulnerability that breeds with self-doubt and then is escalated, often deliberately, by fear.”
“Now I think it’s one of the most useless questions an adult can ask a child—What do you want to be when you grow up? As if growing up is finite. As if at some point you become something and that’s the end.”
“Happy seemed like a starting place for everything.”
“Time, as far as my father was concerned, was a gift you gave to other people.”
“At fifty-four, I am still in progress, and I hope that I always will be.”
The Deluxe Signed Edition of Becoming is available for pre-order starting November 1. Quantities are limited, so this edition is available only while supplies last, and there is a limit of two copies per customer.