Michelle Obama's 'Becoming' tour lands at the Moda Center
Former First Lady Michelle Obama told a sold-out Moda Center audience Tuesday night the story of her life, from her journey through her Chicago childhood to the White House during her Portland book tour appearance.
Obama talked for about 80 minutes on stage with former White House staffer, chef and former Let's Move Executive Director Sam Kass. She touched on her upbringing in Chicago, her marriage and her time in the White House, though the former First Lady said that part of her life is not the focus of her story. "I wanted to take people on a journey of a life," she told the audience. "I also knew that the least important part of my story, Michelle Obama's story, wasn't the eight years in the White House."
Obama's Portland appearance to discuss her bestselling memoir 'Becoming,' came more than a month after having to postpone her date at the Moda Center because of nasty winter weather. She continues her 15-event U.S. and Canada book tour Thursday, March 21, in British Columbia, Edmonton and then to the Tacoma Dome Sunday, March 24, for a conversation with late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. She also plans six appearances in Europe during the next two months. The tour ends in mid-May with a conversation in Nashville's Ryman Auditorium with TV talk show host Stephen Colbert.
Obama also met Tuesday afternoon, March 19, with book club members at Northeast Portland's Broadway Books.
Since its publication in November 2018, "Becoming" hit No. 1 on The New York Times best seller list and has sold more than 3 million copies in the United States and Canada. The hardcover edition of "Becoming" has had 22 printings of more than 5.2 million books.
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