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Barnes & Noble Announces Michelle Obama’s Becoming is Fastest-Selling Book of the Year

November 19, 2018 GMT

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 19, 2018--Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, today announced that Michelle Obama’s Becoming had the biggest first-week sales of any book this year, surpassing Fear for the most copies sold, as well as having the best first-week start of any adult book in over three years.

“We knew Becoming was going to be one of the biggest books of the year, but it has now officially had the best first week of sales of any book in 2018, and is among the fastest sellers in Barnes & Noble history,” said Liz Harwell, Senior Director of Merchandising, Trade Books at Barnes & Noble. “This is definitely the must-have book of the holiday season.”

Obama’s Becoming had the best first-week sales of an adult book since Go Set a Watchman published in July, 2015. Fear, by Bob Woodward, had the second-most first-week sales for a book in 2018, and was followed by A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, by James Comey.


Becoming is available in Barnes & Noble stores across the country and on, including the option for customers to Buy Online, Pick up in Store.

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