Michelle Obama’s absence from the White House has clearly made fans’ hearts grow fonder, judging by the gangbuster sales of her just-released memoir, Becoming.
As Entertainment Weekly reports, Becoming has already become a massive hit for publisher Penguin Random House, which announced on Friday that the former First Lady’s memoir sold 725,000 copies on its first day of publication; this marks the biggest single-day sales number of any book the company has published this year.
In fact, Penguin Random House has also revealed that its initial printing of 1.8 million hardcover copies wasn’t enough to meet the huge demand, and an addition 800,000 copies are being printed for an augmented first printing of a whopping 2.6 million copies.
As EW notes, Becoming is available in hardcover, audiobook and ebook editions; there is also a Spanish-language edition (Becoming: Mi Historia), while the book is also available in 29 other languages.
“We are thrilled by the extraordinary response to Mrs. Obama’s beautifully rendered and deeply personal memoir, and we are confident that Becoming will inspire millions of readers,” Madeline McIntosh, CEO of Penguin Random House U.S., said in a statement.
Becoming made headlines before the book even hit the shelves, thanks to Obama’s revelation that she can “never forgive” her husband’s successor for propagating the easily debunked “birther” conspiracy theory claiming that Barack Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. and thus was not the legitimate president.
“What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington?” Obama wrote. “What if that person went looking for our girls? Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk. And for this I’d never forgive him.”