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Michelle Obama's next book is companion journal to memoir Becoming

Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice is designed to help readers tell their own stories. It will be available on Nov. 19, 2019.
In this Nov. 30, 2018 file photo, former First Lady Michelle Obama signs books during an appearance for her book, Becoming, in New York. Obama's book quickly became among the best-selling political memoirs ever. (Richard Drew/Associated Press)

Michelle Obama's first book since her memoir Becoming is more about her readers than about herself.

Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice will be published Nov. 19, 2019 by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

The journal is a companion to her multimillion-selling memoir Becoming. It is designed to help readers tell their own stories and will feature an introduction by the former first lady and quotations and questions related to her memoir.

"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 introduction, according to a press statement from the book's publisher.

"We don't have to remember everything. But everything we remember has value."

The journal will be available in more than 20 countries. The initial print run will be 500,000 copies.

In Becoming, Obama shared personal revelations such as what it was like to suffer a miscarriage and undergo IVF in order to become pregnant with her two daughters

Becoming was the No. 1 bestselling print book in Canada in 2018.

The memoir was released in November 2018 and was named an Oprah Book Club pick that same month.

It has sold more than 11.5 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 45 languages.

With files from CBC Books.

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