Michelle Obama’s memoir “Becoming Michelle Obama” is the fastest-selling book of the year with over 725,000 copies sold on the first day.
Barnes & Noble announced that first-week sales of “Becoming” even outstripped first-week sales of Bob Woodward’s “Fear.” Obama’s memoir, which officially went on sale Nov. 13, had the best debut of any adult book since Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” in 2015.
“We knew ‘Becoming’ was going to be one of the biggest books of the year, but it has now officially had the best first week of sales of any book in 2018, and is among the fastest sellers in Barnes & Noble history,” said Liz Harwell, senior director of merchandising at Barnes & Noble. “This is definitely the must-have book of the holiday season.”
Only one book exceeded Becoming‘s sales this year: Bob Woodward’s “Fear: Trump ing the White House” sold around 900,000 copies on the first day.
‘Becoming’ also far exceeded first-day sales of Hillary Clinton’s book, “What Happened”, which explained her shocking loss to Donald Trump in the 2016 elections. “What Happened” sold 300,000 copies in its first week.