Book Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Unsurprisingly, Forever First Lady Michelle Obama has a way with words. In Becoming, she opens up for the first time about absolutely everything—her early years in Chicago, her search for purpose in her career, falling in love with Forever President Barack Obama, their journey to becoming parents, and the eight years of light they brought to the White House and the United States.

Being the first African American woman to become First Lady, alongside her husband as the first African American President, challenges were rampant and there were surely times when it seemed impossible. Yet, her entire family has become a source of dignity and strength for all of us looking for role models to keep us hopeful.

“If you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.” -Michelle Obama

Michelle’s memoir brings a much-needed respite from the insanity and darkness that currently plagues the country. In it, she is honest and witty, gracious and profound. In essence, her writing is entirely a reflection of the woman we watched on television for eight years, campaigning for children to live healthier lives and for young women to be given equal opportunity.

This didn’t have to be the case; she easily could’ve decided not to share her anecdotes with us, to gloss over her struggles even. However, she welcomes us into her history as well as her present, perhaps unintentionally assuring us that the beloved public figure will also always be the warm, humble woman whose first instinct is to hug everyone she meets. Like us, she is simply on her perpetual journey of becoming.

Synopsis Excerpt (via Goodreads)
In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African-American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history…”

Buy Becoming at The Strand here.
(This happens to be my favorite indie, but please support your local ones!)

 

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