Michelle Obama's book 'Becoming' sold more than 1.4 million copies in its first week. Here are 4 things we learned.

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  • Michelle Obama’s book “Becoming” sold more than 1.4 million copies in its first week, her publisher Crown Publishing told the Associated Press.
  • On its first day on sale, the former first lady’s memoir sold more than 725,000 copies.
  • In it, she opens up about personal details from couples therapy, a miscarriage and a delightful anecdote about how she and one of her daughters, Malia, snuck out of the White House to see the building lit up in rainbow colours in celebration of the US Supreme Court decision on marriage equality.

Michelle Obama’s book “Becoming” sold more than 1.4 million copies in its first week, her publisher Crown Publishing told the Associated Press.

The former first lady’s memoir chronicles her journey from childhood on the South Side of Chicago to post-White House days. On its first day the book sold more than 725,000 copies – beating out former Hillary Clinton’s 2003 memoir “Living History,” which according to the AP sold 600,000 copies in its first day.

In the book Michelle writes openly about a host of subjects:

  1. She discusses the difficult parts of marriage, and how going to couples therapy helped her “figure out how to build my life in a way that works for me.”
  2. How she struggled with conceiving and had a miscarriage. “We had one pregnancy test come back positive, which caused us both to forget every worry and swoon with joy, but a couple of weeks later I had a miscarriage, which left me physically uncomfortable and cratered any optimism we’d felt,” she wrote.
  3. Her feelings about President Donald Trump. In the book Michelle Obama writes about the impact of the “birther” conspiracy, which was loudly parroted by Trump. She says that beyond being bigoted, it was dangerous. “Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk,” Obama said in the book. “And for this I’d never forgive him.”
  4. Sneaking out of the White House with Malia to see the building lit up in rainbow colours to celebrate the US Supreme Court decision on marriage equality. “It had taken us 10 minutes to get out of our own home, but we’d done it,” she wrote. “We were outside, standing on a patch of lawn off to one side, out of sight of the public but with a beautiful, close-up view of the White House, lit up in pride.”
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Her book was released on November 13, the totals include sales across formats in both the United States and Canada.

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