The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama

In an inspiring follow-up to her critically acclaimed, #1 bestselling memoir Becoming, former First Lady Michelle Obama shares practical wisdom and powerful strategies for staying hopeful and balanced in today’s highly uncertain world.

There may be no tidy solutions or pithy answers to life’s big challenges, but Michelle Obama believes that we can all locate and lean on a set of tools to help us better navigate change and remain steady within flux. In The Light We Carry, she opens a frank and honest dialogue with readers, considering the questions many of us wrestle with: How do we build enduring and honest relationships? How can we discover strength and community inside our differences? What tools do we use to address feelings of self-doubt or helplessness? What do we do when it all starts to feel like too much?

Michelle Obama offers readers a series of fresh stories and insightful reflections on change, challenge, and power, including her belief that when we light up for others, we can illuminate the richness and potential of the world around us, discovering deeper truths and new pathways for progress. Drawing from her experiences as a mother, daughter, spouse, friend, and First Lady, she shares the habits and principles she has developed to successfully adapt to change and overcome various obstacles—the earned wisdom that helps her continue to “become.” She details her most valuable practices, like “starting kind,” “going high,” and assembling a “kitchen table” of trusted friends and mentors. With trademark humor, candor, and compassion, she also explores issues connected to race, gender, and visibility, encouraging readers to work through fear, find strength in community, and live with boldness.

“When we are able to recognize our own light, we become empowered to use it,” writes Michelle Obama. A rewarding blend of powerful stories and profound advice that will ignite conversation, The Light We Carry inspires readers to examine their own lives, identify their sources of gladness, and connect meaningfully in a turbulent world.

I’ve learned it’s okay to recognize that self-worth comes wrapped in vulnerability, and that what we share as humans on this earth is the impulse to strive for better, always and no matter what. We become bolder in brightness. If you know your light, you know yourself. You know your own story in an honest way. In my experience, this type of self-knowledge builds confidence, which in turn breeds calmness and an ability to maintain perspective, which leads, finally, to being able to connect meaningfully with others—and this to me is the bedrock of all things. One light feeds another. One strong family lends strength to more. One engaged community can ignite those around it. This is the power of the light we carry.”

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The #1 international bestseller with a new introduction by the author

Crown is proud to partner with these international publishers for the worldwide publication of The Light We Carry. An English-language edition will be published in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, India, and South Africa by Viking, an imprint of Penguin General at Penguin Random House UK. The book will also be published in translation in 13 additional languages:

(Spanish) Plaza & Janés/Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, (German) Goldmann Verlag/Penguin Random House Verlagsgruppe GmbH, (Portuguese Brazil) Objetiva/Companhia das Letras, (Portuguese Portugal) Objectiva/Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, (Simplified Chinese) Penguin Random House China, (Danish) Politikens Forlag, (Dutch) Hollands Diep, (Finnish) Otava Publishing Company, (French) Éditions Flammarion, (Italian) Garzanti, (Norwegian) Kagge Forlag, (Romanian) Editura Litera, and (Swedish) Bokförlaget Forum.

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