Michelle Obama's THE LIGHT WE CARRY Coming Soon in Paperback


Crown is thrilled to announce the forthcoming paperback release of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s #1 New  York Times bestseller, THE LIGHT WE CARRY, in stores April 16, 2024.

In an inspiring follow-up to her acclaimed memoir BECOMING, Michelle Obama shares practical wisdom and powerful strategies for staying hopeful and balanced in today’s highly uncertain world. The paperback was announced earlier this week with a special video from Michelle Obama on her Instagram channel, offering readers the chance to enter to win an early copy that includes a reader’s guide, inspiring all to come together with their own Kitchen Tables (or friend support groups) to read together this spring.

Plus, be sure to check out two new episodes of Michelle Obama’s The Light podcast, just released this week.


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What Readers are Saying: 

  • What an exciting announcement! I’ve been eagerly waiting for the paperback edition of The Light We Carry. I can’t wait to dive into this beautiful story with my friends! 📚 #TheLightWeCarry #BookClub 
  • Becoming was an absolute masterpiece 💕 Cannot wait to read another book written by a strong, beautiful woman and share it with the many strong, beautiful women in my life 💗 
  • Always excited to read another book my favorite First Lady of all time. Shining light in dark places is my life purpose. 
  • This book changed my life!✨⚡️😍 I would love to have this copy you’re talking about🤞🏼 and share with my Kitchen table 
  • Life can be a Rollercoaster and I need my “sisters” to help guide me, cheer for me and comfort me as I travel this thing called LIFE. 
  • Thank you! This has been my absolute favorite book of all time. She is a brilliant writer. ❤ 
  • “Becoming” is my favorite biography book, I’ve read it several times, it’s my daily inspiration, so it would be wonderful to win this book 
  • This would be the best book club!! 
  • I’m excited to read this with friends who make laugh even in the midst of everyday craziness! 
  • I am excited to read your new book because I know it will be an interesting read just based on the unique perspective you brought to your book becoming. You are always empowering people to push towards their goals, overcome obstacles, and make an impact. I am ecstatic as to what insights this new book has to offer. 

Michelle Obama: The Light Podcast | Podcasts on Audible | Audible.comListen to TWO New Episodes of Michelle Obama: The Light Podcast

The announcement coincides with a surprise drop! On the same morning, Audible and Higher Ground dropped two new episodes of Michelle Obama: The Light Podcast, which is a Signal Award winner and a NAACP Image Award nominee. The two new podcast episodes include: 

“We can’t be who we can’t see” with Michele Norris 

Award-winning journalist and host of the Higher Ground and Audible Original podcast Your Mama’s Kitchen Michele Norris and Michelle Obama discuss how they push each other in their friendship, challenges in relationships, and the importance of mentorship. 

“We weren’t meant to do this life alone” with Heather McGhee 

Author and commentator Heather McGhee sits down with Michelle to talk about growing up without fear, January 6th, and how to stay hopeful. 

Nine previously released podcast episodes in 2023 feature intimate conversations with luminaries such as Tyler Perry, Hoda Kotb, Conan O’Brien, Oprah Winfrey, and more. Michelle Obama: The Light Podcast is the first Original project in the exclusive, worldwide, multi-project, multi-year first-look production deal between Audible and Higher Ground. 

About Michelle Obama: The Light Podcast 

Upon the release of her second best-selling book The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times, former First Lady Michelle Obama set out on a very special highly anticipated, six-city U.S. book tour. Inside intimate venues and in front of small audiences, Mrs. Obama held inspiring conversations with esteemed friends like Ellen DeGeneres, Tyler Perry, Conan O’Brien, Oprah Winfrey, and more. 

Michelle Obama: The Light Podcast goes beyond the book as Michelle Obama and her friends share personal stories and insights you won’t encounter anywhere else, and you’ll hear first only on Audible. Listen as they explore themes from The Light We Carry, like building meaningful relationships; issues connected to race, gender, and visibility; the habits and principles they have used to successfully adapt to change and overcome obstacles; and the importance of lighting up for others to reveal the richness and potential around us. 

As ever, Michelle Obama brings her trademark humor, candor, and compassion while she discusses her tools for living in today’s world with more luminaries like Gayle King, Hoda Kotb, David Letterman, and others. 

Light up your world with Michelle Obama in this fun and uplifting Audible Original series. 

Posted: March 1, 2024