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Michelle Obama's follow-up to 'Becoming' set for November

Michelle Obama asked readers to share their own

Michelle Obama asked readers to share their own stories for her follow-up to her bestselling memoir "Becoming." Photo Credit: AP / Jose Luis Magana

Michelle Obama's first project since "Becoming" is more about her readers than about herself.

"Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice" will be published Nov. 19 by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House. The new release was announced Monday. It is a companion to her multimillion-selling "Becoming," which came out last November. The book features an introduction by the former first lady and quotations and questions related to her memoir. It is designed to help readers tell their own stories.

In the introduction, the 55-year-old Obama writes that she hopes the journal will encourage people to write down their "experiences, thoughts, and feelings, in all their imperfections, and without judgment."

In related news, Knopf Doubleday will release "The Measure of Our Lives: A Gathering of Wisdom," a book of quotations by Toni Morrison in December. The book will draw from Morrison's whole body of work, including celebrated novels such as "Beloved" and "Song of Solomon."

The foreword is by acclaimed author Zadie Smith, adapted from a tribute she wrote soon after the Nobel laureate died in August at age 88.


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