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Michelle Obama will be hitting the road this November to promote her highly anticipated new memoir, Becoming. The 10-city book tour will kick off in Obama’s hometown of Chicago, before hitting stops at major cities across the country, including Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Dallas, and Detroit.
Obama announced the news on her social media channels, including this Facebook video in which our #ForeverFirstLady looks a little bit like that Auntie who loves doing Facebook Lives (except that Auntie is BFF’s with Beyoncé).
JOIN ME ON MY BOOK TOUR! www.becomingmichelleobama.com #IAmBecomingI’m from the South Side of Chicago. I went to Princeton and Harvard. I’m a wife, a mother, a daughter, and a sister. I’ve been a lawyer, a nonprofit leader, a hospital executive, and First Lady of the United States. I like to call these my “stats” – the shorthand we all seem to default to whenever we tell our stories. Where are you from? What do you do? What school did you go to? As I’ve written my memoir, BECOMING, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about my story, mining it for the kinds of details I’d usually just brush off or even forget about—the narrow taillights of my father’s car, a talk with my mother on a drive home, the heat of my daughter’s forehead when she ran a fever. And in doing so, I’ve realized that those surface-level “stats” don’t really tell my story at all. This fall, I’d like to share that fuller story with all of you on my book tour. It’s the story of my humdrum plainness, my tiny victories, my lasting bruises, my ordinary hopes and worries. It’s the story of who I am, truly, and I’m proud of it—blemishes and all. Go to BecomingMichelleObama.com to find out where I’ll be and how to get tickets. #IAmBecoming I hope to see you somewhere along the way!
Posted by Michelle Obama on Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Her accompanying caption captures the essence of her book—and the essence of the person who captivated America when she began stumping for her husband on the campaign trail in 2007 (seems like a lifetime ago, right?).
Obama lists her “stats”: from the South Side of Chicago. A Princeton and Harvard grad. A mother, daughter, sister, and wife. A lawyer, nonprofit leader, hospital executive, and—of course—first lady.
“As I’ve written my memoir, Becoming, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about my story, mining it for the kinds of details I’d usually just brush off or even forget about—the narrow taillights of my father’s car, a talk with my mother on a drive home, the heat of my daughter’s forehead when she ran a fever. And in doing so, I’ve realized that those surface-level ‘stats’ don’t really tell my story at all,” Obama writes.
“This fall, I’d like to share that fuller story with all of you on my book tour,” she says. “It’s the story of my humdrum plainness, my tiny victories, my lasting bruises, my ordinary hopes, and worries. It’s the story of who I am, truly, and I’m proud of it—blemishes and all.”
Tickets for the book tour go on sale next Friday, Sept. 21 at 10:00 am through Ticketmaster—you can also hop onto Obama’s official book tour website for more info. Becoming is available on November 13.
Check out the full list of dates below (yes, she will be speaking in arenas, because, c’mon, it’s Michelle Obama):
BECOMING: AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION WITH MICHELLE OBAMA DATES:
Tuesday, Nov. 13: Chicago, Ill., at the United Center
Thursday, Nov. 15: Los Angeles, Calif., at the Forum
Saturday, Nov. 17: Washington, DC, at the Capital One Arena
Saturday, Nov. 24: Boston, Mass., at TD Garden
Thursday, Nov. 29: Philadelphia, Penn., at Wells Fargo Center
Saturday, Dec. 1: Brooklyn, NY, at Barclays Center
Tuesday, Dec. 11: Detroit, Mich., at Little Caesar’s Arena
Thursday, Dec. 13: Denver, Colo., at Pepsi Center Arena
Friday, Dec. 14: San Jose, Calif., at SAP Center
Monday, Dec. 17: Dallas, TX., at American Airlines Center
This article originally appeared on The Root.