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Michelle Obama releasing journal to pair with memoir, ‘Becoming’


ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaMichelle Obama is using her bestselling memoir, Becoming, to help people find their own voices.

The former first lady will release a guided journal next month that’s meant to accompany her memoir, which she released last November to record-breaking sales.

The journal will include more than 150 questions and quotes that “resonate with key themes in Mrs. Obama’s memoir and that are designed to help readers reflect on their personal and family history, their goals, challenges, and dreams, what moves them and brings them hope, and what future they imagine for themselves and their community,” according to the publisher, Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Random House.

“I hope you’ll use this journal to write down your experiences, thoughts, and feelings, in all their imperfections, and without judgment,” Obama writes in the journal’s introduction. “We don’t have to remember everything. But everything we remember has value.”

Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice will be released November 19 in the U.S. and Canada.

Becoming turned into not just a bestselling book but a world tour for Obama, whose book tour consisted of stops in major arenas around the globe during which the former first lady was interviewed by high-profile people including Sarah Jessica ParkerReese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey.

Mrs. Obama described the release of the memoir last November as exciting but also “a little unnerving.”

“I’m talking about me, all of me, in a way that I do with my friends, my girlfriends,” she told ABC News’ Robin Roberts. “Now I’m talking about it with the world. It’s not that I’m nervous about my story but I hope that it inspires people and it encourages people and it starts a conversation.”

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