Becoming

Michelle Obama
An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States   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, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.   In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2019-02-12

Moments of wonder and real intimacy, but I couldn't help feel this was still a oerson overly worried about not saying the wrong thing, trying hard to say the right thing, and while I will always love and admire Mrs. Obama for the sacrifice she and her daughters made for our country, the book was just OK.

Most interesting to me were the times her husband's West Wing worried about the "optics" of things like... wait for it -- growing a veggie garden! UGH!

Full review: 

pre-ordered this the second I realized I could, then waited - like a very immature puppy.

I adore Michelle Obama. I have always felt like the role of first family (save for the president) is a pretty raw deal, so I felt for her and couldn't wait to hear all the juicy details. I wanted some real talk about this country and the way the Obama family -- especially the women, especially Michelle -- were treated.

Moments of wonder and real intimacy, but I couldn't help feel this was still a person overly worried about not saying the wrong thing, trying hard to say the right thing, and while I will always love and admire Mrs. Obama for the sacrifice she and her daughters made for our country, the book was...( it hurts to say this)... just OK.

Most interesting to me were the times her husband's West Wing worried about the "optics" of things like -- wait for it -- growing a veggie garden! UGH! I wanted to hunt down David Axelrod at times during this book.

I think Mrs. Obama has another book in her, or her friends are getting the details I wanted. I'm not one of her friends - she owes me nothing. I owe her much, so I'm just fine with her keeping her secrets and real feelings, and honestly -- the country taught us all that Michelle is not allowed feelings or nuanced thoughts, so what else should I have expected. I'm honored she shared what she did. I just wish I would've waited for the library copy.

Reviewed: 2018-12-12

Took me a month to finish. Kinda boring for my taste.

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