Michelle Obama's book sells 1.4 million copies in first week

'Becoming' is currently the No. 1 adult nonfiction title in the UK, Germany, France, Holland, Spain, Denmark and Finland

epa07163817 US Former First Lady Michelle Obama applauds as she walks on stage to be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, USA, 13 November 2018. Obama was kicking off her 10-city book tour for her book 'Becoming', an intimate conversation with Michelle Obama in her hometown.  EPA/TANNEN MAURY
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Michelle Obama's book, Becoming, has become a massive hit.

Crown Publishing told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the former first lady's memoir has sold more than 1.4 million copies in print and digital formats in the United States and Canada in the seven days since it was released on November 13.

This cover image released by Crown shows "Becoming," by Michelle Obama. Crown Publishing told The Associated Press on Friday that the former first lady’s memoir had sold more than 725,000 copies after its first day of publication. “Becoming” came out Tuesday, the same day Obama launched a national book tour. (Crown via AP)

Based on demand from retailers across all channels, the publisher has printed 3 million hardcover copies in North America. On its first day, the book sold more than 725,000 copies, making it one of the year's biggest debuts.

Crown also said that Becoming is currently the No. 1 adult nonfiction title in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Holland, Spain, Denmark and Finland. In Germany, some 200,000 copies have been sold, prompting a second printing of 100,000 copies.

In the United Kingdom, Becoming is published by Viking and it has had five press runs with a total of 575,000 copies in print. In Holland, the Dutch-language edition is the best-selling book in the Netherlands, with the English-language edition ranked second.

Becoming is well exceeding the pace of previous memoirs by first ladies. In 2003, Hillary Clinton's Living History had first week sales of around 600,000 copies.

Reviews of the book, which traces Obama's journey from Chicago's South Side to the White House, have been positive, with The Washington Post praising its "impressive balance in telling the truth of her challenges while repeatedly acknowledging her lucky life."


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