Former First Lady Michelle Obama will be releasing a new book in November titled The Light We Carry. It is her second novel and follows her best-selling book, Becoming, which made its debut in November 2018.
What The Light We Carry Means to Michelle Obama
The Light We Carry is going to offer readers “fresh stories and insightful reflections on change, challenge and power,”according to the publisher Penguin Random House. The book includes anecdotes as well as strategies for overcoming the recent ‘rising tide of bigotry and intolerance’ that have swept the country.
The book was announced on Michelle Obama’s social media in a video that said that a lot has taken place since her first novel including “an insurrection” as well as the increase in hate, bigotry, and intolerance.
These feelings left her feeling out of balance and “vulnerable and yes, at times, afraid”. That led to “a lot of reflecting” for the former first lady and questions such as how to “channel our frustration into something positive.”
The book The Light We Carry was the result. Obama describes the novel as “a kind of a toolbox” and “a collection of some of the perspectives and practices I’ve gathered over the years to help keep me centered.”
Introduction from the novel
The introduction of the book was made available which you can read in the next couple of paragraphs.
“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,” said Obama.
“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.”The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama
The book will be released on November 15, 2022, four years since her last novel came out.