Former First Lady Michelle Obama is coming to a city near you! Barack Obama’s 54-year-old wife just announced she’s gearing up for a 10-city tour this fall to promote her memoir, Becoming, which is set to hit bookstores on Nov. 13.
Michelle took to Instagram on Wednesday, Sept. 12 to share details about her exciting new tour. “I’m from the South Side of Chicago. I went to Princeton and Harvard. I’m a wife, a mother, a daughter, and a sister,” she captioned a video of herself on the social media platform. “I’ve been a lawyer, a nonprofit leader, a hospital executive, and First Lady of the United States. I like to call these my ‘stats’ — the shorthand we all seem to default to whenever we tell our stories. Where are you from? What do you do? What school did you go to?”
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I’m thrilled to share with all of you the cover for BECOMING. The process of writing this book has been so personally meaningful and illuminating for me. As I prepare to share BECOMING this fall, I hope you’ll also think about your own story, and trust that it will help you become whoever you aspire to be. Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own. #BECOMING
“As I’ve written my memoir, Becoming, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about my story, mining it for the kinds of details I’d usually just brush off or even forget about — the narrow taillights of my father’s car, a talk with my mother on a drive home, the heat of my daughter’s forehead when she ran a fever,” Michelle continued. “And in doing so, I’ve realized that those surface-level ‘stats’ don’t really tell my story at all. This fall, I’d like to share that fuller story with all of you on my book tour. It’s the story of my humdrum plainness, my tiny victories, my lasting bruises, my ordinary hopes and worries. It’s the story of who I am, truly, and I’m proud of it — blemishes and all… I hope to see you somewhere along the way!”
Michelle is scheduled to kickstart her tour in her hometown of Chicago, IL on Nov. 13, and later visit a few more big cities including Brooklyn, NY, Dallas, TX, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, CA. On Instagram, the mom-of-two also noted she’s feeling “proud” yet “frightened” about her upcoming book release.
“I am proud of what I’ve created. I’m proud because it is candid, it’s honest, it is totally and utterly me. So I’m also a little frightened because it is so candid and honest and open,” she said.
“I’m hoping that, because of this book, others feel the power of their own voice and their own story,” Michelle added. “Not in the big moments, but in the little things, the small moments, the bumps, the bruises, the highs and the lows — because those are the things that make us uniquely who we are.”
Tickets for Michelle’s book tour will be sold on Ticketmaster and the FLOTUS told fans she’ll be giving away 10 percent of seats to people who cannot afford to go to the event. “I hope that this tour will inspire others to reflect upon and share their own stories — all the joys and sorrows, all the scars and renewals — so that together, we can better recognize that each of us, in our own way, is in a constant process of becoming,” she shared.
Earlier this year, Michelle also gave fans a sneak peek of Becoming by sharing photos from her book along with memories and anecdotes from her life. In late May, Michelle shared the first photo with fans on Instagram, which was a sweet throwback pic of herself as a little girl with her parents.
“My father, Fraser, taught me to work hard, laugh often, and keep my word. My mother, Marian, showed me how to think for myself and to use my voice. Together, in our cramped apartment on the South Side of Chicago, my family helped me see the value in our story, in my story, and in the larger story of our country,” Michelle wrote in the caption.
Fans flooded the comments, and many of them pointed out the fact that Michelle looks a lot like her mom. “You look just like your gorgeous mama! So so excited for your book,” one fan wrote, while another fan commented, “Marian and Fraser did a fine job in raising you. Also, amazing how much you look like your mother.”
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Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing some photos and memories from my book, BECOMING. My father, Fraser, taught me to work hard, laugh often, and keep my word. My mother, Marian, showed me how to think for myself and to use my voice. Together, in our cramped apartment on the South Side of Chicago, my family helped me see the value in our story, in my story, and in the larger story of our country.
For her next memory, Michelle shared a picture of herself back in the 1980s when she was a student at Princeton, and she opened up about her own college experience while giving advice to current students.
“I know that being a first-generation college student can be scary, because it was scary for me,” she wrote. “I was black and from a working-class neighborhood in Chicago, while Princeton’s student body was generally white and well-to-do. I’d never stood out in a crowd or a classroom because of the color of my skin before. But I found close friends and a mentor who gave me the confidence to be myself. Going to college is hard work, but every day I meet people whose lives have been profoundly changed by education, just as mine was. My advice to students is to be brave and stay with it.”
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This is me at Princeton in the early 1980s. I know that being a first-generation college student can be scary, because it was scary for me. I was black and from a working-class neighborhood in Chicago, while Princeton’s student body was generally white and well-to-do. I’d never stood out in a crowd or a classroom because of the color of my skin before. But I found close friends and a mentor who gave me the confidence to be myself. Going to college is hard work, but every day I meet people whose lives have been profoundly changed by education, just as mine was. My advice to students is to be brave and stay with it. Congratulations to the Class of 2018! #ReachHigher
According to the description of the book on her official website, Michelle will take readers on a journey of her life from her childhood in Chicago, to growing up and becoming a mother while working as an executive, and she will also reveal details about her time spent in the White House.
“Writing Becoming has been a deeply personal experience,” Michelle said in a statement obtained by People. “It has allowed me, for the very first time, the space to honestly reflect on the unexpected trajectory of my life… how a little girl from the South Side of Chicago found her voice and developed the strength to use it to empower others.” We can’t wait to read your memoir, Michelle!