Listen to a Special Excerpt From Michelle Obama's New Memoir, 'Becoming'

Listen to a special excerpt from Michelle Obama's new memoir, 'Becoming.' The book has already sold thousands of copies across the country and has been chosen as Marie Claire's December #ReadWithMC book club pick. Find out more here.

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Becoming (opens in new tab) is Marie Claire's December #ReadWithMC pick. In lieu of our monthly author Q&A; series (opens in new tab), we're releasing a special audio excerpt of the book, below. Find out how to participate in our virtual book club here (opens in new tab).

Michelle Obama has been embracing life's simplicities since she left 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue two years ago. In a recent interview with The Today Show's Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb (opens in new tab), the former first lady told the hosts that she enjoys "the small things." She explains, "It’s opening my door and walking out and enjoying the weather and sitting on my patio."

Mrs. Obama took a much-deserved break after her stint as First Lady, but it wasn't long before she got back to work. She launched the Global Girls Alliance (opens in new tab), a program that "seeks to empower adolescent girls around the world through education," and played an integral role in encouraging Americans to vote in the 2018 midterm elections (opens in new tab). On top of this, she spent time writing her brand-new memoir—Marie Claire's December #ReadWithMC book club pick (opens in new tab)!—Becoming, an intimate glimpse into her life, including the journey to her historic role in the White House, her struggles with IVF, and how she found her voice.

Michelle Obama Holds First Book Signing In Her Hometown Of Chicago

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The memoir sold 725,000 copies on the first day it was available (November 13) and became the fastest-selling book of 2018, according to Forbes (opens in new tab). Now, Mrs. Obama is promoting the book on a speaking tour that began in her hometown of Chicago. It's safe to say that she's a busy woman, traveling across the country, giving us a look into the extraordinary life of one of the most famous and powerful women in the world.

Can't wait to start reading? Listen to a special audio excerpt of the opening pages of Becoming, below. As you follow along, share your thoughts using the hashtag #ReadWithMC to participate in Marie Claire's new monthly book club (more info here (opens in new tab)).

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Rachel Epstein is a writer, editor, and content strategist based in New York City. Most recently, she was the Managing Editor at Coveteur, where she oversaw the site’s day-to-day editorial operations. Previously, she was an editor at Marie Claire, where she wrote and edited culture, politics, and lifestyle stories ranging from op-eds to profiles to ambitious packages. She also launched and managed the site’s virtual book club, #ReadWithMC. Offline, she’s likely watching a Heat game or finding a new coffee shop.