Mitchelle Obama rounded up the first part of her book tour for her memoir Becoming in front of a sold-out crowd at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Wednesday night.
Chatting with actress Sarah Jessica Parker, the former first lady discussed her childhood in Chicago, what she thought of Obama at first and life since leaving the White House.
Her memoir, the fastest-selling book of the year, takes an in-depth look at the events that defined Obama’s rise into the public eye, rarely running away from the most difficult moments during her eight years in the White House.
“It’s sort of my obligation to share and be truthful, because a lot of people look up to folks like us. So they need to know all of the story,” Obama said. “I couldn’t have written a different book, because I like to tell the truth. Go figure.”
As of last week, the memoir has sold over 3 million copies since its November release.
The event featured several live and video segments, including guest appearances from singer Alicia Keys.
“I am becoming more myself, unapologetically myself with no desire for outside approval,” Keys said upon the Barclays Center stage. “I am deepening, I am blossoming. We are the greatest we have ever been, and we won’t dim our light for anybody.”
Other guest moderators on the first leg of the tour included Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Tracee Ellis Ross. Former President Barack Obama also made an appearance at his wife’s Washington stop.
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