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Michelle Obama’s Releasing Her Second Memoir
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Michelle Obama’s Releasing Her Second Memoir

Forever FLOTUS has more to say about life post-presidency

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After the success of Becoming, the former first lady announced that she is releasing her second book, The Light We Carry.


Obama made the exciting announcement in a video via Instagram. In the video, the mother of two touched on how she used these times of uncertainty to reflect and learn how to overcome such obstacles by speaking to loved ones on how to move in a positive direction.

“Like so many of you, I’ve spent a lot of time these past few years thinking about how to keep myself centered in a world filled with so much uncertainty,” she wrote in her caption. “That process of reflection actually led me to start writing again—and today, I could not be more thrilled to tell you about my new book, The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times, which comes out on November 15.”

“This book is a collection of stories and practices that have helped me sort through all the challenges and questions that keep us up at night: How do I know I’m good enough? How do I bring my whole self to the table? How can I overcome my fears?”

She added, “I never thought I would be the author of one book, let alone two. But I’ve found that writing this has been a way for me to gather my thoughts and find more clarity during this time. So, I hope this book means as much to you as it does to me.”


Along with her Instagram broadcast, the introduction to the Let’s Move! founder’s second book was also made available in an announcement by Random House Publishing Group and its imprint Crown.

“I’ve learned it’s okay to recognize that self-worth comes wrapped in vulnerability, and that what we share as humans on this earth is the impulse to strive for better, always and no matter what,” she wrote.

“We become bolder in brightness. If you know your light, you know yourself. You know your own story in an honest way. In my experience, this type of self-knowledge builds confidence, which in turn breeds calmness and an ability to maintain perspective, which leads, finally, to being able to connect meaningfully with others — and this to me is the bedrock of all things.”

The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times will be available everywhere on November 15.

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