Becoming

Becoming

Michelle Obama / Sep 19, 2019

Becoming 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 com

  • Title: Becoming
  • Author: Michelle Obama
  • ISBN: Becoming
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  • Page: 172
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 Whi 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 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 426 pages Published November 13th 2018 by Crown More Details Original Title Becoming ISBN 1524763136 ISBN13 9781524763138 Edition Language English Literary Awards Choice Award Nominee for Memoir Autobiography 2018 Other Editions 69 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Becoming, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Hi where can I order a million copies of this so I can try to use them all to fill the soulless void in my heart that has existed since 20 Jan 2017 672 likeslike 10 months ago See all 9 answers Paula I loved her interview with Stephen Colbert, when she said It is lazy and easy to lead by fear, it is harder to lead with hope The gap between the I loved her interview with Stephen Colbert, when she said It is lazy and easy to lead by fear, it is harder to lead with hope The gap between the Obamas and the current administration could not be striking I miss their intelligence, dignity, humor and humanness every day less flag What about books by other African American women Janice Rogers Brown, Star Parker, Sophia Nelson and Erika Harold Do you think Michelles book celebrates diversity of thought Do you think her book does than tell her story and emphasize her own politics Do you think this book says kind things about people who think differently than her Do you think it encourages opposing viewpoints 11 likeslike 5 months ago See all 28 answers Gina This is her biography So it is about Michelle Obama and not a comprehensive look at all African American woman activists You can read the summary This is her biography So it is about Michelle Obama and not a comprehensive look at all African American woman activists You can read the summary just like any of us and it describes a basic political biography memoir of Michelle less flag See all 21 questions about Becoming Lists with This Book Best books of 2018 1,178 books 1,914 voters Women s biographies 2018 270 books 92 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Nov 16, 2018 Emily May rated it it was amazing Shelves memoirs or bios, nonfiction, 2018 I d been lucky to have parents, teachers, and mentors who d fed me with a consistent, simple message You matter As an adult, I wanted to pass those words to a new generation. Look, I m not a happy crier I might cry at songs about leaving and missing someone I might cry at books where things don t work out I might cry at movies where someone dies I ve just never really understood why people get all choked up over happy, inspirational things But Michelle Obama s kindness and empathy change I d been lucky to have parents, teachers, and mentors who d fed me with a consistent, simple message You matter As an adult, I wanted to pass those words to a new generation. Look, I m not a happy crier I might cry at songs about leaving and missing someone I might cry at books where things don t work out I might cry at movies where someone dies I ve just never really understood why people get all choked up over happy, inspirational things But Michelle Obama s kindness and empathy changed that This book had me in tears for all the right reasons.This is not really a book about politics, though political experiences obviously do come into it It s a shame that some will dismiss this book because of a difference in political opinion, when it is really about a woman s life About growing up poor and black on the South Side of Chicago about getting married and struggling to maintain that marriage about motherhood about being thrown into an amazing and terrifying position.I hate words like inspirational because they ve become so overdone and cheesy, but I just have to say it Michelle Obama is an inspiration I had the privilege of seeing her speak at The Forum in Inglewood, and she is one of the warmest, funniest, smartest, down to earth people I have ever seen in this world.And yes, I know we present what we want the world to see, but I truly do think it s genuine I think she is someone who really cares about people especially kids and wants to give them better lives and opportunities She s obviously intelligent, but she also doesn t gussy up her words She talks straight, with an openness and honesty rarely seen She s been one of the most powerful women in the world, she s been a graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School, she s had her own successful career, and yet she has remained throughout that same girl Michelle Robinson from a working class family in Chicago.I don t think there s anyone who wouldn t benefit from reading this book.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube flag 2188 likesLike see review View all 80 comments Melissa Pure garbage 18 hours, 18 min ago Jessica L She has total power and can t change everything alone 10 hours, 35 min ago Nov 13, 2018 Sarah Jessica Parker added it I m so thrilled to add Becoming to my list A powerful, surprising and moving book as well as refreshingly candid that I think will be deeply inspirational to many flag 1402 likesLike see review View all 28 comments Feb 25, 2018 Kai marked it as to read review of another edition MICHELLE MY HEARTthis is going to be good flag 631 likesLike see review View all 46 comments Sarah Corsbie She hates America but experienced the best of it The book didn t change my mind Jan 16, 2019 02 39PM Kai Sarah wrote She hates America but experienced the best of it The book didn t change my mind Well, Sarah, ignorance is a tough vice to get rid off Sarah wrote She hates America but experienced the best of it The book didn t change my mind Well, Sarah, ignorance is a tough vice to get rid off Don t worry about it Jan 17, 2019 04 30AM Nov 18, 2018 Angela M rated it it was amazing review of another edition I didn t think I could admire and respect former First Lady Michelle Obama any than I already did For eight years she graced our country with her presence, her intellect, her caring We never had to ask because it is obvious in everything she says and does that she does care Without a doubt, she cares than anything about her family, but also cares deeply about this country Then I read this book, an eloquent memoir, strikingly honest and as inspiring as I suspected it would be I fel I didn t think I could admire and respect former First Lady Michelle Obama any than I already did For eight years she graced our country with her presence, her intellect, her caring We never had to ask because it is obvious in everything she says and does that she does care Without a doubt, she cares than anything about her family, but also cares deeply about this country Then I read this book, an eloquent memoir, strikingly honest and as inspiring as I suspected it would be I felt even admiration and respect for her She recounts her time growing up on the South Side of Chicago as she shares the joys of her childhood as well as some of the tough things She was a feisty child, driven to do well in school Her story begins I spent much of my childhood listening to the sound of striving She speaks lovingly of her roots in this working class family her parents and her brother and grandparents and how their values shaped the adult she would become We witness the grief she experienced over the loss of her father and her continuing admiration and love for her mother who was tenacious in seeking a good education for her children In this memoir, she is so open and honest and it feels so intimate Michelle shares her love for her husband and daughters She speaks about the discrimination against the men in her family, about being black at Princeton, about the attacks on her husband s citizenship, a conspiracy theory primary pushed by the person who unfortunately followed him after his second term We discover who she is in the times she is undergoing a self discovery, as she questions her aspirations, as she juggles work and motherhood as Barack s involvement and aspirations in politics grow It felt so intimate as she shares some personal struggles that they faced, ones that I don t think she ever divulged publicly previous to this The things she chose to focus on as First Lady children and their health, assisting military families, developing a program for mentoring young women reflect the things that are important to her and the kind of person she is With an intellect such as hers, she easily could have taken on larger policy issues, but instead focused on children and families bringing people into the White House who would not have had the opportunity to be there if not for her This book is over 400 pages and it never felt long The writing is good and I just kept turning page after page always interested in what she would say next A remarkable story of a remarkable woman flag 470 likesLike see review View all 95 comments Jan 23, 2019 Emily Books with Emily Fox rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves audiobooks I understand the hype I didn t know much about Michelle Obama nor her husband This book absolutely humanized them and show me how much they care about others The contrast with the actual political situation is blatant.Recommend flag 368 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Tery PeppyKC Audiobook is narrated by Michelle herself I didn t know that Ok, now I know how I ll reread it this year Jan 24, 2019 10 23PM Elyse Walters Jan 27, 2019 07 46AM Nov 15, 2018 Elyse Walters rated it it was amazing review of another edition Audiobook read by Michelle ObamaFor the past three days all I wanted to do was listen to Michelle Obama I cried or was teary eyed so many times I lost count THIS BOOK must be especially special to her immediate family and closest friends.but it s also a great gift to the rest of us Nobody else but Michelle could have written this book it s so MICHELLE S STORY She is gifted in her ability to express her own emotions write with tremendous insight and sensitivity and from beg Audiobook read by Michelle ObamaFor the past three days all I wanted to do was listen to Michelle Obama I cried or was teary eyed so many times I lost count THIS BOOK must be especially special to her immediate family and closest friends.but it s also a great gift to the rest of us Nobody else but Michelle could have written this book it s so MICHELLE S STORY She is gifted in her ability to express her own emotions write with tremendous insight and sensitivity and from beginning to end it s artistically rendered with meticulous attention to details Michelle questioned herself.was a very hard worker determined to achieve her goals academically She wanted to do well No matter how great she was doing she still had insecurities doubted herself She questioned, am I good enough MICHELLE IS GOOD ENOUGH We are blessed to have her simply sharing HERSELF BEING HERSELF SHARING ABOUT HER LIFE HER PARENTS HER THOUGHTS FEELINGS PROJECTS THAT ARE MEANINGFUL TO HER.HER MARRIAGE HER DAUGHTERS HER FAMILY FRIENDS BEING A WOMAN BEING BLACK LESSONS SHE HAS LEARNED AND IS STILL WORKING OUT HER WARMTH HER HUMOR HER HONESTY HUMANITY etc etc etc MICHELLE IS A NATURAL LEADER A PRESENCE WE ARE DRAWN TO CAN WE LOVE A PUBLIC FIGURE MUCH MORE Perhaps but it s very easy to love Michelle Obama For meIt would be fun just to sit with my friends over drinks and yummy treats for a few hours and all pick this book apart sharing our favorite parts AS THERE ARE MANY FAVORITE parts I m happy to host a gathering at my house anytime Michelle has made it clear she is never running for office If you listened to this audiobook for 19 hours every word such as I did I guarantee you won t doubt her never running announcement She will contribute her way Politics is nasty and mean and it s not the place for her she doesn t hold back in expressing how she feels about it either I can t blame her At the same time it was quite beautiful how she totally understands her husbands brilliant mind and vision how Barack was the perfect candidate at the perfect time Oh she would ve rather had Obama a regular family man, but he was the type of man she herself would have wanted for President She grew into becoming comfortable with his running.They did well overall husband and wife and as parents while also being in the life of politics living in the white house with security guards everywhere they went Michelle raised two daughters in the White House as normal as she could A frightening story about wild sedated animals will having you saying What the f k But have no fear.e story ends well Many memories came flooding back around Barack s campaign and Election Day I was teary eye during much of this part Parts I remembered well other personal circumstances that Michelle had to share about the campaign, I knew nothing about Much made me sad and angry Election Day had my nerves stirred all over again only this time I was intimately with the Obama family The beginning of this Audiobookwe find Michelle at home.home alone Not at the White House She was no longer the First Lady Simply a night alone in her own house None of us readers have lived in the White House but she shares a story that most readers will connect with It s priceless, moving, and powerful I suggest taking a moment to reflect on your own similar experience I m sure a memory will surface Enjoy it A moment of solitude If you like cheese toast this might be a time to have a slice Michelle spends a long time telling us about her early childhood I questioned parts of this for awhile I wasn t sure why I needed to know sooooo many details But during a break from listening to the audiobook is when I did some serious reflecting My feelings changed from feeling a little impatient as in how much do I need about the family games you played in the evening, or details about kids in the neighborhood and every description of your house your aunt Robbie s personality, your grandpas carpentry skills, etc how much of this Michelle.But thenduring my break my first cry I understood my own and impatience The light went off for me of why this portion of the book was valuable to me and also triggering Michelle taught me things in this book about being black really being black not just a woman and black but what she went through all her life as a very hard working BLACK women WHO ALWAYS HAD TO KEEP REACHING achievement oriented her goals were important to her Being one of the few blacks within mostly a white environment for soooo many years was a constant pressure Her years at Princeton really shows what she went through.I learned something else from Michelle tooThings about her family her parents the tight knit ways they all were with one another her incredible love for he older brother and even though Michelle was black and lived on the south side of Chicago she had things that I never had my childhood She had two parents who were deeply dedicated to her and her brother Craig Her parents gave up so much of their own lives to provide everything for their children I literally fell apart with gushing tears during my break I didn t have a childhood anything close to hers When I returned to listening to the Audiobook Michelle was still talking about how wonderful her mom was and dad were, their family car the Buick family time togetherSO MUCH FAMILY TIME HAPPY MEMORIES.mething shifted in me I didn t want rush her childhood any longer I wanted to try to imagine the type SHE HAD Once I stopped fighting my uncomfortableness I was transforming through her family When Michelle hit her teenage years, I was a little envious I wanted to be girlfriends with her I liked her Hanging out at her house after school meeting her mom and those gracious sandwiches her mom prepared for Michelle and her girlfriends was just cozy wonderful I was reminded how much I loved my close friends Renee, Lisi, and Barbara Great girlfriends during the teen years makes life so much tolerable and fun I wanted to be friends with Michellefeel safe in her homecherished her mom and dad too It was impossible not to fall in love with not only Michelle but her parents brother Craig Susan Michelle s best friend in college , and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, My affinity was also warm for people who supported their family in the White House Also for Michelle s female colleagues from her work at City Hall in Chicagod of course Barack Obama Barack gets guy of the year award the night he asked Michelle to marry her GREAT STORY Let s face it Barack Michelle are adorable Bright have dignity are gracious They undeniably love each another They had challenges but as a committed couple they practiced, learn, and got better over time figuring out what empowered their relationship and what didn t They were not too proud to attend therapy for support and Michelle was not too proud to share with the world to read They looked for solutions rather than attacked found fault and blamed Barack and Michelle are grounded in love willing to support each individually as whole separate beings They are also emotionally connected in matters of the heart They may have had a challenging relationship logistics alone but a healthy love relationship based on respect and trust Yep they are a couple much like Paul and I Michelle and Barack s wedding with their wedding song by Stevie Wonder You and I Can Conquer The Worldwas such a beautiful part of this story MY GOD one point I said to myself, they really are a fairy tale couplelolI usually ever even think like that.but their wedding did feel beautiful.rrounded by many people who loved them both The only thing that would have made the wedding scene better would have been If on the Audiobookey played Stevie Wonder singing the song It s soooo beautiful Sing along You and I Can Conquer The World Who knows what Willy Worm is Michelle mentioned she was rushing off to Willy Worm class with Sasha when she was a toddlerd I said, what the heck is that look it up s cute Might drive adults nuts, though I loved hearing about Michelle s high school AND college yearsYet I felt angry with her that years later during the Barack Obama campaign, somebody dug up an old paper that Michelle wrote when she was at Princeton as a young college student and wrote nasty things saying she was a black radical So much UGLY news of pure crappy political lies were being spread about her during the campaign.Fox News talked about her militant anger and she was accused of calling white people whities Total lies outlandish hurtful lies that exhaustive Michelle And who could blame All the while Michelle was trying to be positive and supportive Michelle has contributed to other potential first ladies by writing this book Michelle was active than many spouses of candidates in campaigning for their husbands But in the future we will see of this For over a year Michelle had zero support from the Obama campaign team Nobody supported her She wasn t getting any speech writing experts Apparently, while Michelle was campaigning traveling from state to state not with Obama everything was going great until all of a sudden it wasn t Things turned ugly and hurtful fast This part of the book gives useful information that others can learn from Any future wife of a candidate running for President in the future could get an awful lot of value out of reading this portion of the shelves memoir I m sorry Michelle paid a painful price.but she paved the way of possibilities to help both sides of wives of running candidates in the future It s hard to finish this book without any tears I totally love both Michelle and Barack So many of us are heartbroken with where our country is nowThis book comes at a good time It s a great holiday gift A cute momentMichelle learned early in childhood that she could discuss things with her parents Her parents would listen to her ideasEven debating was allowed She was little She asked her mother one day, why do we eat eggs in the morning That led to a discussion about the value of protein So Michelle thought about it and did a little research and realize that peanut butter had protein She likes Peanut butter, but she didn t like eggs So she was able to negotiate For the next nine years she had a thick peanut butter sandwich every morning for breakfast and never ate an egg again Years later a college counselor was the opposite of listening to Michelle The woman didn t value who she was a MERIT SCHOLAR top 10% of her graduating class , she told Michelle she wouldn t be Princeton material Michelle will slowly getting stronger and believing in herself but was definitely vulnerable and sensitive to a feeling inside of not being good enough But that day she decided she was going to at least apply to Princeton she went and got her recommendation letter from a great neighbor who also worked at the school She never talk to that counselor again.In other words she wasn t the woman she celebrated with when she was accepted.Michelle Robinson Obama is helping breakdown those prejudices just by speaking out her voice is powerful she s than good enough She s A GIFT TO OUR COUNTRYa woman who continues to be true to herself making a difference being who she isjust keep her sharing flag 365 likesLike see review View all 127 comments Elyse Walters Lara your sharing about your conversation moves me YOU MOVE ME God I m glad we are friends How is your next book coming Oh and I do have another g Lara your sharing about your conversation moves me YOU MOVE ME God I m glad we are friends How is your next book coming Oh and I do have another great AUDIOBOOK for you Read Inheritance listen to it by Dani Shapiro I know us You ll like it XO Jan 27, 2019 07 34AM Elyse Walters Liz if you come over I will give you wine or coffee or tea and treats and even books to take home with you so I would love that.I must warn you you Liz if you come over I will give you wine or coffee or tea and treats and even books to take home with you so I would love that.I must warn you you will ache for better days but it is an absolute incredible book one that soooo many people around the world love Enjoy your turn I m still wanting a physical copy like you have If physical book is beautiful isn t it The audio is incredible too being with Michelle reading to YOU Hugs Love Jan 27, 2019 07 38AM Nov 16, 2018 Larry H rated it it was amazing I was humbled and excited to be First Lady, but not for one second did I think I d be sliding into some glamorous, easy role Nobody who has the words first and black attached to them ever would I stood at the foot of the mountain, knowing I d need to climb my way into favor God, do I miss the Obamas.Since I ve had the right to vote, two presidents have energized and excited me Bill Clinton and Barack Obama That s not to say that I agreed with everything they did, or that there weren t t I was humbled and excited to be First Lady, but not for one second did I think I d be sliding into some glamorous, easy role Nobody who has the words first and black attached to them ever would I stood at the foot of the mountain, knowing I d need to climb my way into favor God, do I miss the Obamas.Since I ve had the right to vote, two presidents have energized and excited me Bill Clinton and Barack Obama That s not to say that I agreed with everything they did, or that there weren t times when they disappointed me But in both cases, their candidacy and then their campaigns for re election motivated me enough to volunteer, excited me enough to be fraught with nerves as election results came in, gave me cause for celebration, and left me sad when their terms ended.Reading Michelle Obama s new memoir, Becoming , reminded me of those times It also reminded me just what a fan I ve been of hers since watching her and her daughters when President Obama declared his candidacy for the White House almost 12 years ago, since hearing her speak at the 2008 Democratic National Convention I was always wowed by the sheer joy she appeared to have for the job of First Lady, despite the overwhelming amount of cruelty she and her family were subjected to throughout her husband s two terms as President.With Becoming , she gives you a glimpse into her childhood and her relationship with her parents, which definitely impacted the way she carried herself throughout her life and how she raised her two daughters It tells of her ambitions, her desire to help make the world a better place one clearly shared by her husband , the challenges of marriage and motherhood, and how she dealt with her husband s political ambitions She talks of her desire to make an impact as First Lady while at the same time ensuring her daughters lives were as normal as they could possibly be, and the successes, frustrations, and disappointments she experienced.I love the matter of fact way she shares her feelings and experiences, revealing emotions and fears and moments of anger, as well as the moments of sheer joy, as mother, as wife, as daughter, and as First Lady While she certainly reveals instances when she felt she wasn t treated fairly by the media or by those unhappy with her husband or her , this isn t a tell all book She is critical of those that deserve her scorn, but even when she didn t see eye to eye with people, she didn t tear them to pieces.For the most part, the Michelle Obama you ve seen at public appearances, on television shows, and in photos, is the Michelle Obama you get in Becoming And that feels just right This is a woman who loves her life, loves her country, and most importantly, loves her husband, her children, and her family She doesn t overinflate her importance or her contributions as First Lady but she realizes she held a position few women have through history, and to be the first black woman to be First Lady made her a role model in the eyes of so many It may have been a position she wasn t always comfortable with, but it is a role in which she absolutely shone For me, becoming isn t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self The journey doesn t end I became a mother, but I still have a lot to learn from and give to my children I became a wife, but I continue to adapt to and be humbled by what it means to truly love and make a life with another person I have become, by certain measures, a person of power, and yet there are moments when I still feel insecure or unheard It s all a process, steps along a path Becoming requires equal parts patience and rigor Becoming is never giving up on the idea that there s growing to be done There was much to enjoy about this book, much to think about, and much to savor And, at least for me, much to reminisce about.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria, or check out my list of the best books I read in 2017 at flag 281 likesLike see review View all 27 comments Dec 21, 2018 Navidad Th lamour rated it it was amazing Shelves coming of age, cultural surveys, made me cry, oh where have you been all my life, read 2018, non fiction, 4 reread, full review I just finished this PHENOMENAL book seriously, probably THE best autobiography I ve ever laid my hands on It s now in vogue the coolest new trend for people to write a book about their lives, and I respect that trend for allowing us to read TRUE, REAL stories about REAL people BUT, Becoming is the first autobiography I ve ever felt I ve truly connected with, learned from and became a better person for having read it Within these pages, I both saw myself and re found myself within Michel I just finished this PHENOMENAL book seriously, probably THE best autobiography I ve ever laid my hands on It s now in vogue the coolest new trend for people to write a book about their lives, and I respect that trend for allowing us to read TRUE, REAL stories about REAL people BUT, Becoming is the first autobiography I ve ever felt I ve truly connected with, learned from and became a better person for having read it Within these pages, I both saw myself and re found myself within Michelle Obama s narrative I saw myself in her story and have truly learned a few life changing lessons from this 421 page journey she s shared with us It is a rare thing, indeed, for me to be able to say that about any book that I identified with the words, felt the words in a heartfelt way and came away changed because of those series of words on a page that had been so thoughtfully and candidly laid out I had the honor of going to see Michelle Obama on her book tour at her Washington D.C stop the Sunday after Thanksgiving In an ironic full circle of events in my experience with this book, I went to see her speak with a friend I met here on who has become a very close friend of mine Michelle Obama was everything She was witty and frankly hilarious she was open and forthright she was graceful and dignified, a true orator and inspiration.The tickets to this event sold out within hours a completely filled arena, pictured above as it is starting to fill.Both in her book and in her talks, she speaks openly about what it was like to be a young black girl from the South Side of Chicago during the time when whites were fleeing the area and poverty seemed to be creeping its way in to becoming a young woman at Princeton, unsure of her footing in the new social climate but still clinging to her rigidly drawn up plan and schedule for her life of which becoming First Lady was never a part I d constructed my existence carefully, tucking and folding every loose and disorderly bit of it I had labored over its creation I was proud of how it looked But it was delicate If one corner came untucked, I might discover that I was restless If another popped loose, it might reveal I was uncertain about the professional path I d so deliberately put myself on, about all the things I told myself I wanted.She walks us through graduating from college and enduring the loss of one of her best friends to an aggressive cancer at the young age of 26 years old and how this changed her outlook on the world and her path through it Within these pages you ll learn how she first met Barack Obama, a man who would change her world and ours in so many ways how he arrived at work late that first day she was to mentor him, wet from the rainy day outside but still sure of himself and confident in a way that spoke of humility From IVF to being a senator s wife to the horrible shock of how dirty and personal politics can turn, Michelle Obama gives us an insightful glimpse into her journey into and out of the White House, her personal trek into becoming the icon she is today a label she still humbly finds bewildering but that she has learned to hone for the betterment of our nation and the society focused programs she has championed.Throughout it all, Michelle Obama s outlook is optimistic, her voice clear, witty, candid and insightful How did she feel the first time she experienced life inside of the presidential motorcade What fears did she have of exposing her daughters to the maw of public life And how did she accommodate her outlook on politics I ve never been a fan of politics, and my experience over the last ten years has done little to change that I continue to be put off by the nastiness the tribal segregation of red and blue, this idea that we re supposed to choose one side and stick to it, unable to listen and compromise, or sometimes even to be civil. and her negative experience within the whirlwind of it A Fox news chyron referred to me as Obama s Baby Mama, conjuring cliched notions of black ghetto America, implying an otherness that put me outside even my own marriage I was getting worn out, not physically, but emotionally The punches hurt, even if I understood that they had little to do with who I really was as a person It was as if there were some cartoon version of me out there wreaking havoc, a woman I kept hearing about but didn t know a too tall, too forceful, ready to emasculate Godzilla of a political wife named Michelle Obama. to achieve what she has, and with such grace, for our nation, the Democratic party, for children and for people girls and women especially of color Just as the discerning look at the viciousness of American politics will enrage you and make you question the leaders we ve elected to power, so will Michelle Obama s experience with the other side of her First Lady journey, the experience with the purity of spirit of genuinely good people no matter their political affiliations, nationality or socio economic status move you One day in San Antonio, Texas, I noticed a minor commotion in the hallway of the military hospital I was visiting Nurses shuffled urgently in and out of the room I was about to enter He won t stay in bed, I heard someone whisper Inside, I found a broad shouldered young man from rural Texas who had multiple injuries and whose body had been severely burned He was in clear agony, tearing off the bedsheets and trying to slide his feet to the floor It took us all a minute to understand what he was doing Despite his pain, he was trying to stand up and salute the wife of his commander in chief.As I read Becoming, I HAD to read it with a pen and highlighter in hand, hence why it took me so long to complete it I had to savor every word, go back and re read passages Just today, as I was nearing the epilogue, a woman sitting next to me asked, What are you studying I turned the book over and told her, Michelle Obama s Becoming I hope that gives you an idea of the intensity and connection with which I read this book To say that I highly recommend this book to any and everyone especially to American women, women of color and people who have felt persecuted or othered by their upbringings or the color of their skin would be a clear understatement There is so much truth and integrity and raw emotion to be pointed out in this autobiography, but to do so here would be to write a whole book about the marvels of this book What I will say is that Becoming earned an easy 5 stars before I d even finished the preface and continued in its discerning excellence thereafter There is truly something within these pages for everyone because, as Michelle Obama so elegantly states I m an ordinary person who found herself on an extraordinary journey In sharing my story, I hope to help create space for other stories and other voices, to widen the pathway for who belongs and why It s not about being perfect It s not about where you get yourself in the end There s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice And there s grace in being willing to know and hear others This, for me, is how we become. FOLLOW ME AT The Navi Review Blog Twitter Instagram flag 268 likesLike see review View all 28 comments Feb 25, 2018 Stephanie L catteabooks marked it as to read Shelves 2018 publications, autobiography You bet your ass I just preordered this As a female minority, Queen First Lady Michelle Obama has become one of my most go to role models, and I already know I m going to be in tears while reading this flag 206 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Nov 24, 2018 Christy rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 audio, 2018 non fiction challenge, 2018 four stars 4.5 stars I ve had Becoming pre ordered since I saw it was coming out I was so excited to read it Per my account, I purchased The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama in early 2007 When I read this book, I was moved and hoped this man would be president one day When I was in my early 20 s, I volunteered for his 2008 campaign My point is, I ve always loved the Obamas, but I never knew much about Michelle After reading this book, I feel like I know so much Her story is inspiring, f 4.5 stars I ve had Becoming pre ordered since I saw it was coming out I was so excited to read it Per my account, I purchased The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama in early 2007 When I read this book, I was moved and hoped this man would be president one day When I was in my early 20 s, I volunteered for his 2008 campaign My point is, I ve always loved the Obamas, but I never knew much about Michelle After reading this book, I feel like I know so much Her story is inspiring, fascinating, and I adore her.If you re going to read this book, I can t recommend the audio book enough Michelle herself narrates it and I always love when authors narrate their own stories It makes them that personal and captivating I loved reading about her past, her family, and of course when she met Barack and their story I could relate to some of her story and learned a lot of new things about her This was a fantastic autobiography and I can t recommend it enough flag 201 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Dec 08, 2018 Susanne Strong rated it it was amazing Shelves audiobooks, 2018 five star books, must read, favorites 5 Extremely Poignant Stars for Becoming When I think of Michelle Obama, the words that come to mind are Grace Personified She exemplifies all of the qualities I admire most beauty, elegance, honor, kindness, intelligence and dignity To say that I miss the Obamas is an understatement Going into this read, I knew I would be emotional Truth be told, that didn t begin to describe my reaction to hearing Michelle Obama s words, her thoughts and learning about her, a good portion of which I m a 5 Extremely Poignant Stars for Becoming When I think of Michelle Obama, the words that come to mind are Grace Personified She exemplifies all of the qualities I admire most beauty, elegance, honor, kindness, intelligence and dignity To say that I miss the Obamas is an understatement Going into this read, I knew I would be emotional Truth be told, that didn t begin to describe my reaction to hearing Michelle Obama s words, her thoughts and learning about her, a good portion of which I m ashamed to admit, I didn t know The former first lady s humble beginnings, her close knit family, her education and her accomplishments, they simply blew me away Princeton, Harvard, working at and forming Non Profits not to mention her accomplishments as the First Lady I am awestruck by you Michelle Obama The moment Michelle meets Barack Obama when he summers at Sidney Austin, the law firm she is an Associate at, she feels it That spark My eyes filled, they glossed over, the tears fell The two shared an ice cream cone and became an us Here, listening to this, I admit to sobbing, heavily The inflection and enthusiasm in Michelle Obama s voice, her feelings of love for this man, it is so evident We saw them every day for 8 years Such sweet romance, pure pure love and complete respect for each other and their relationship Oh how I love them Oh how I miss them.From life in politics, campaigning, being bullied, becoming the First Lady and raising Malia and Sasha in the White House, Michelle Obama gives an honest portrayal of what life was like for her and Barack Obama While in the White House, the President always made time for family Always having dinner with them Never discussing politics Family was their bond Yet his love for this Nation was and is still evident.There were so many moments while listening to this audiobook that I teared up Not just teared up, but sobbed uncontrollably Her words, her voice, her thoughts struck a chord, for a myriad of reasons, some sad, some happy I tear up just thinking about them Michelle Obama memoir is about Becoming her life s journey, the amazing part of course, is that it never ends Her final message is one of hope, of letting people in, and helping others I received it Thank you to Michelle Obama for sharing your life with us I am honored Published on , and Twitter on 12.8.18.Excerpt to be published on Instagram flag 193 likesLike see review View all 82 comments Dec 17, 2018 Matt rated it it was amazing Shelves audiobook MIND BLOWN While I admit to being a reading fiend when it comes to politics, as some will no doubt have realised, I also find much pleasure in learning about people through biographies and memoirs Knowing full well that I would be swept up in the wave that surrounded the recent release of Michelle Obama s memoirs, I vowed to take some time to read them, partially to offset some of the alarming pieces about current events in DC Obama seeks not to define herself as FLOTUS First Lady of the Uni MIND BLOWN While I admit to being a reading fiend when it comes to politics, as some will no doubt have realised, I also find much pleasure in learning about people through biographies and memoirs Knowing full well that I would be swept up in the wave that surrounded the recent release of Michelle Obama s memoirs, I vowed to take some time to read them, partially to offset some of the alarming pieces about current events in DC Obama seeks not to define herself as FLOTUS First Lady of the United States , but rather Michelle Obama n e Robinson , taking the reader as far back as she can remember Obama sets the stage for the reader with a solid recounting of her life on the South Side of Chicago in the late 1960s In an era rattled by race wars, she remembers her parents forced to pinch pennies and living with relatives, while the world around them tried to come to terms with racial integration Working hard in school and always striving to excel, Obama remembers gaining a spot at Princeton, where her older brother was already attending There, she learned the power of community and helping others, a theme that repeats itself throughout the memoir After leapfrogging into Harvard Law School again, through hard work and merit Obama was able to settle back in Chicago at a law firm Here, she met an ever tardy and somewhat esoteric Barrack Hussein Obama, whose basic living was something to which Michelle could relate, though they clashed considerably in their approaches to organization Barrack and Michelle soon began a courtship that led to marriage and the introduction of politics into the equation Barrack was a community organiser who was being touted for , first a State Senate seat and then all the way to Congress While Michelle was never fond of the political arena, she argues throughout the middle of the memoir about how she could never stand in the way of her husband s ambitions The Obamas welcomed two girls into their lives, doubling the size of their family and bringing new meaning to work ethic Michelle struggled with this, as well as being a wife mother while her husband was away a great deal, though the reader will see much change throughout, as the girls got older The last great transformation for Michelle was her husband s choice to seek the White House If she struggled before, the campaign showed her new issues and concerns, as exhibited through a number of lenses The Obamas worked hard and utilised their fresh message approach to reach the political pinnacle, but that was only the beginning In wonderfully fluid narratives, Michelle Obama depicts life inside the White House and roles of the First Family, inviting the reader to explore some of her most personal thoughts as initiatives, bills, summits, and security decisions shaped America at break neck speed Even when the time came to leave, Michelle refused to turn off and fade into the background, arguing that there was still much life to live, as can be seen with the publication of this book Stunning in its frankness and refusal to shrink out of sight, Michelle Obama offers readers a refreshing look at a woman s life who was shaped by her life experiences, but refused to be defined by the man who stood beside her Recommended for those who love memoirs, politics, coming of age, and anything uplifting, which is sure to offset much of the sludge that Washington is spewing out these days There have been many notable First Ladies in the last number of years, all of whom left their own marks on America However, I can think of only one who stood out and sought to define herself independent of the role her husband brought as President of the United States That thought came to mind before I began this book, though now that I am on the flip side, I can see that Michelle Obama was than wife of , but rather a woman of great importance in her own regard Michelle Obama refuses throughout and in many scenarios to allow herself to be defined as simply a member of a group She is not just a woman, an African American, a mother, a First Lady This memoir catapulted many of the views I had of Obama and helped me see the woman who sought to fight for equality years before she made headlines, who advocated for others decades before healthy snacks in schools became an initiative, and who loved life to its fullest before being thrust before the cameras In essence, Michelle Obama became many things on her life journey, hence the aptly chosen title As the memoir argues so effectively, there was to the woman than being a spouse and mother, tending house while Barrack Obama rose to power Without Michelle, there would have been no winning campaigns, but not because she stumped or smiled for the cameras It was her passion and dedication to the kernel of the Obama family that saw these four people become firsts in many things and helped America realise its greatness Being able to tear down walls, rather than build them communicate passionately, rather than attack venomously, Michelle Obama forged the cornerstone of the legacy she wishes to leave the world Let it never be forgotten that beside every decent man is a fundamentally stupendous woman and the brilliance of the words in this book give new meaning to this When I speak of brilliance and earth shattering aspects of this memoir, I refer not only to the wonderful prose and sound vignettes that rise from page upon page, but also the shards left to twinkle in the sunlight, as the reader notices just how many glass ceilings Michelle Obama was able to break in her life, paving the way for other women to follow her.Kudos, Madam Obama, for one of the most enthralling memoirs I have read in a long time I am stunned, in awe, and so happy I took the time to get to know you better Thank you for making the world a better place by being an active part of it Like hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge flag 163 likesLike see review View all 49 comments Jan 24, 2019 Lola rated it it was amazing Shelves memoir, politics Thank you, Michelle Obama, for all you ve done flag 159 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Elyse Walters Thank you for sharing XO Jan 27, 2019 07 40AM Lola of course Jan 28, 2019 10 52AM Dec 18, 2018 Peter rated it it was amazing Shelves audible, autobiography MonumentalMichelle Obama s book, Becoming, is a refreshingly honest and fascinating insight into the major decisions, challenges and events in her life This left me with even respect and admiration for her and Barak It provides wonderful coverage of her thinking and actions through life, from childhood to lawyer, to wife and mother, and to First Lady.Michelle s background in the South Shore neighbourhood in Chicago is openly chronicled to the reader and shows a person shaped by her hardwo MonumentalMichelle Obama s book, Becoming, is a refreshingly honest and fascinating insight into the major decisions, challenges and events in her life This left me with even respect and admiration for her and Barak It provides wonderful coverage of her thinking and actions through life, from childhood to lawyer, to wife and mother, and to First Lady.Michelle s background in the South Shore neighbourhood in Chicago is openly chronicled to the reader and shows a person shaped by her hardworking and loving family, a father that grafted every single day at the water filtration plant, even with multiple sclerosis making it difficult to walk The foundations of her determination and her devotion to her own family with Barak were rooted deeply during those early years Her telling of losing family and friends is just heartbreaking, because she goes beyond loss, and ties it to the gift of life, and life s lessons.After meeting Barak and establishing a loving relationship, Michelle recognised his vision and drive, which led her to question her own highly paid legal career She would seek something that would give her similar meaning and purpose, that would go well beyond the need to secure a higher and higher salary She changed jobs, taking massive pay cuts to find that meaning, purpose and contribution to society She worked for non profits, City Hall, healthcare and academia, so she could make an impact where it mattered, to heal divisions and disparities.What has inspired me most about Michelle and Barak is that they give a sense of possibility to ordinary people A possibility that doesn t require sacrificing everything for that single self centred goal We can strive for a life of balance, a balance between family and career, between self need and freely giving, and between reality and dreams The realm of politics is very strange and I have often held a thought that anyone determined to be in politics should be enough reason for them not to be elected Those thoughts played on Michelle s mind as she watched Barak become drawn into that manipulative and dishonest world While ultimately providing all the support she could to her husband s mission, she was steadfast in keeping her focus on family needs There are slips along the way but with careful and honest reflection, she grounds the family again and prevents the glamour of their position affecting her family values I was a full time mother and wife now, albeit a wife with a cause and a mother who wanted to guard her kids against getting swallowed by that cause This book provides a unique perspective on the greatest political achievement for many decades in the US The achievement that working class people can further their education, their careers and their dreams to the pinnacle of ambition What caught the imagination of the world was that Barak Obama would not only become the USA s first black president but would disregard the supposition that only money families could achieve such a high office.Of course, this book is inspirational, but it is also the manner in which it was achieved that inspired people worldwide Michelle pays such heartfelt devotion and praise to her husband s role and gives another lens on his achievements Barak s views came from a place of inclusion, positivity, caring, principles and hard work Compare that with what we see today, not only in the US but globally He also had a natural ability to engage people and inspire possibilities Barack looked out at the audience and into the TV cameras, and as if kick starting some internal engine, he just smiled and began to roll He spoke for seventeen minutes that night, explaining who he was and where he came from The media response to Barack s speech was hyperbolic I ve just seen the first black president, Chris Matthews declared to his fellow commentators on NBC Michelle s life as First Lady illustrates how serious she took the role and how she used it to tackle issues that were important to her, such as the families of service personnel, and the education rights for girls, while also remaining resolute in maintaining a regular family life that they would return to when the presidency terms were over She is a lady of utmost intelligence and dignity, with a strong moral focus Pity, she won t ever run for President we ll see.I felt the book revealed than I was expecting, however, it wasn t a tell all account and provided the perfect balance between factual insight and titillating gossip The book created a captivating and enthralling story, deeply moving at times, and with a conviction to keep family and friends secrets private.I listened to the audiobook version so I could take the opportunity of hearing Michelle Obama s story in her own eloquent words The narration feels deeply moving and personal and on the many emotional events in her life, it becomes so touching that you are totally enchanted in the little bubble that now surrounds you.This is a book I highly recommend it and really worth reading or my preference, listening to flag 148 likesLike see review View all 43 comments Nov 24, 2018 Brandice rated it it was amazing review of another edition Becoming like Michelle Obama herself, is both eloquent and relatable She talks about becoming her, becoming us, and finally, becoming As most of us know by now, Michelle is from Chicago, grew up with loving and supportive parents, attended Princeton followed by Harvard for law school, then began her position as an associate at the prestigious law firm of Sidley Austin, where she eventually met Barack My favorite section of the book was by far, Becoming Us, in which Michelle describes mee Becoming like Michelle Obama herself, is both eloquent and relatable She talks about becoming her, becoming us, and finally, becoming As most of us know by now, Michelle is from Chicago, grew up with loving and supportive parents, attended Princeton followed by Harvard for law school, then began her position as an associate at the prestigious law firm of Sidley Austin, where she eventually met Barack My favorite section of the book was by far, Becoming Us, in which Michelle describes meeting Barack and the evolvement of their relationship Michelle does not pretend living in the White House was not a privilege or shy away from the associated perks She doesn t pretend it was always amazing and wonderful either There were plenty of tough days with the various events happening around the world The pressure and scrutiny of trying to raise 2 daughters with some semblance of normalcy could also be taxing on the family of 4 Through it all, Michelle always remained committed to being the best mom to Sasha and Malia The nostalgia and longing for the former Obama reign in the White House, was, as I read this memoir, and is, still real The Obamas are admirable not just for their smart talents but also their continued relatability They are genuine people who want for their kids, for their country, and just doing their part to contribute to this goal A tad oversimplified Maybe, but if it s not clear yet, I m a huge fan For me, becoming isn t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim I see it as a forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to continuously reach toward a better self The journey doesn t end I became a mother, but I still have a lot to learn from and give to my children I became a wife, but I continue to adapt to and be humbled by what it means to truly love and make a life with another person I have become, by certain measures, a person of power, and yet there are still moments when I feel insecure or unheard It s all a process, steps along a path Becoming requires patience and rigor Becoming is never giving up on the idea that there s growing up to be done Highly recommend Becoming for fans Michelle, Barack, and the Obama administration flag 144 likesLike see review View all 37 comments Leah Can t wait to read it I m number 15 in line on the waitlist for the ebook at my library Dec 29, 2018 05 34AM Brandice Leah wrote Can t wait to read it I m number 15 in line on the waitlist for the ebook at my library It is worth the wait, Leah I hope you love it Leah wrote Can t wait to read it I m number 15 in line on the waitlist for the ebook at my library It is worth the wait, Leah I hope you love it too Jan 29, 2019 05 44AM Dec 01, 2018 Dem rated it really liked it Shelves recommended, favorites Becoming by Michelle Obama is a captivating and compelling read, narrated by Michelle Obama herself makes this a moving, deeply personal and intimate story which is inspirational and insightful Michelle Obama comes across as a very intelligent and grounded lady who knows what she wants from life and not afraid to stand up for what she believes in I think her time in the While house was well spent and admirable I was in a book shop last week and while browsing overheard two ladies discussing Becoming by Michelle Obama is a captivating and compelling read, narrated by Michelle Obama herself makes this a moving, deeply personal and intimate story which is inspirational and insightful Michelle Obama comes across as a very intelligent and grounded lady who knows what she wants from life and not afraid to stand up for what she believes in I think her time in the While house was well spent and admirable I was in a book shop last week and while browsing overheard two ladies discussing Becoming to which one lady remarked to the other Oh I read that and she reveals nothing that you dont know already, no big reveals and no gossip really. And this is exactly what I loved about the this book, it is a memoir, a book about her life, her hopes and dreams and about the most important aspect of her life her family There are enough reality TV shows out there where families and people reveal every aspect of their lives and here Michelle revels just enough that is interesting and entertaining without taking it too far I loved how Michelle Obama brought a breath of fresh air to the white house, she appeared real and familiar, she was graceful dignified but a woman who who loved her country, her family and appeared genuine and trustworthy and had that glint of fun in her eyes that was almost like the girl next door Life in the White House seems like living in Gold Fish Bowl and I was amazed how restrictive and difficult family life can be where there are young children and yet the Obama s managed to hold on to what was important to them and raise their family in the spotlight I enjoyed reading about Barack s campaigning and how Michelle coped with his decision to run for president as she was honest with her feelings and thoughts throughout this time and I think most wife s and mothers and women could identify with what she must have felt about taking on a life for her family that would be so restrictive and challenging I know I for one would have legged it as I cant even manage to put up a photo of myself on my profile picture I listened to this one on audio and it was flawless and although I probably missed out on a tonne of photos and images by not reading the hard copy it didn t affect my enjoyment of this book.An entertaining and enjoyable easy read, which would make an ideal christmas gift flag 135 likesLike see review View all 43 comments Jan 01, 2019 Theresa Alan rated it it was amazing I found this fast paced, interesting, and touching Also, heartbreaking to be painfully reminded of having once had a thoughtful, ethical president and first lady, and the vindictive, misogynist, racist disaster who doesn t read that we have now Michelle wrote about how guilty she felt for putting out secret service agents and people driving in New York City so she and Barack could have a rare date night together Now we have a president who doesn t mind squandering 3.6 million taxpayer dollars I found this fast paced, interesting, and touching Also, heartbreaking to be painfully reminded of having once had a thoughtful, ethical president and first lady, and the vindictive, misogynist, racist disaster who doesn t read that we have now Michelle wrote about how guilty she felt for putting out secret service agents and people driving in New York City so she and Barack could have a rare date night together Now we have a president who doesn t mind squandering 3.6 million taxpayer dollars every time he wants to play golf at his own resort Currently at a total of than 72 million how many teachers could we pay, schools and bridges could we repair if he cared at all I also felt close to the Obama s because even though I m white and not Ivy League material, it was interesting to read about their astronomical student loan debt and that though both of them could have made a ton of money in corporate law, Barack wanted to do something to help people and Michelle got out of corporate law for the same reason, well before Barack had his sights on national politics I also struggled with student loans and car payments When I paid them off I thought, now life will be a lot easier Ha Whoops Turns out life is always ready to just present new challenges It seems strange to me that Michelle s initiative to get folks, kids in particular, to eat vegetables and be active could in any way be construed as controversial when Diabetes 2 is ravaging our nation Michelle herself learned a lot about nutrition upon becoming first lady She d always worked out, but often took her girls to McDonalds to save time pre White House.I enjoyed this memoir a lot I teared up at times, remembering the sad events that Michelle and Barack were on the front lines for like Sandy Hook and the deaths of black folks and gay folks at the hands of cops and racists and homophobes For all the attacks made on her for stupid things like what she wore, Michelle has been able to remain largely upbeat and positive, and this book reflects that It s an important contribution to history Her story of how education helped her get from where she was economically on the South Side of Chicago, which grew less racially diverse every year because of white flight, is truly inspiring, as is the way she is as a mother, wife, career woman, and human being For reviews, please visit flag 128 likesLike see review View all 20 comments Theresa Alan Thanks I m sure you ll enjoy it 7 hours, 29 min ago Monica Mac I am sure I will too I already admire her a great deal but it is always fascinating to read about someone s behind the scenes life a little bit as I am sure I will too I already admire her a great deal but it is always fascinating to read about someone s behind the scenes life a little bit as well 7 hours, 18 min ago Dec 05, 2018 Karen rated it it was amazing review of another edition I have loved Barack Obama since I watched his speech at the Democratic Convention in 2004 but, I never really knew much about Michelle.Michelle came from humble beginnings, surrounded by loving parents, brother and extended family on the South Side of Chicago She always strived to do her best and she became very highly educated.There were so many things I was surprised by I was brought to tears a few times and laughed quite a bit also.I am so happy that I chose the audiobook loved list I have loved Barack Obama since I watched his speech at the Democratic Convention in 2004 but, I never really knew much about Michelle.Michelle came from humble beginnings, surrounded by loving parents, brother and extended family on the South Side of Chicago She always strived to do her best and she became very highly educated.There were so many things I was surprised by I was brought to tears a few times and laughed quite a bit also.I am so happy that I chose the audiobook loved listening to her tell her story I just fell in love with her too There is one fact that I did not like she hates politics, the nastiness of it and is adamant about never running for president I want of the Obama s flag 128 likesLike see review View all 46 comments Jan 27, 2019 Jaline rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019 completed, x favourites Becoming is a memoir of a famous person, Michelle Obama, the first black First Lady in the United States who lived with her husband, President Barack Obama, and their two daughters, Malia and Sacha in the White House for eight years During that time, alongside taking care of her family, Michelle Obama managed to accomplish four major initiatives as First Lady to help improve people s lives and well being.The first thing that struck me when I was partway into the book is how her background and h Becoming is a memoir of a famous person, Michelle Obama, the first black First Lady in the United States who lived with her husband, President Barack Obama, and their two daughters, Malia and Sacha in the White House for eight years During that time, alongside taking care of her family, Michelle Obama managed to accomplish four major initiatives as First Lady to help improve people s lives and well being.The first thing that struck me when I was partway into the book is how her background and her first years resonated so strongly She is relatable, plain and simple I could relate to her and her experiences as a woman, yet there is no doubt in my mind that a great deal of her story will also resonate with men On a personal level, partway through the book I went online and discovered that Michelle Obama s birthday is 3 days before my Dad s, and Barack Obama s birthday is the same day as my Mom s Regardless of color, religion, sex, age, or any of the other discriminators that still cling to our so called advanced societies, each one of us makes our way into the world with a desire to accomplish something Whether those accomplishments take place on a very small scale or a large scale matters not Whether those accomplishments are on the dark side, the low road of stepping on top of others to gain lift matters a lot.It is the attitude of optimism and gratitude for our lives and opportunities that drives us to make a positive impact We also somehow magnetize the mentors we need to help us along the way This is the story of a woman who came from very humble beginnings and spent the largest part of her life in the cause of elevating others into a better life because she, too, had positive mentors and people who showed her possible doors and helped her to open them From my perspective, it was during this process of passing along the good she experienced in her life that her own life became elevated, too.I can t even count the number of times that tears came to my eyes while reading Michelle Obama s story Tears of recognition and empathy, but also because her story touched my heart over and over again in incident after incident, and event after event.At one point, I was reading along as Michelle Obama described their eldest daughter Malia s 10th Birthday a July 4th day in the midst of the high tension campaign that Barak Obama was involved in Near the end of their long day of campaigning, participating in the town s July 4th celebrations, talking with people, shaking hands, and making connections with as many people as they could, all they had energy for was a thrown together private party for their daughter at the end of the day While reading this, I could feel a tightness in my diaphragm I had a feeling I knew what was coming and then she described the look she and Barak Obama exchanged, a tired and rueful we really blew it, didn t we look At that moment Malia came over, plopped herself in her daddy s lap and said, This is the best birthday ever I lost it.There is so much in this memoir that is inspiring, interesting, fascinating even I could write an entire short story on everything this book gifted me Instead, if you haven t already, I urge you to read it It is a remarkable story that is uplifting and, despite all odds, all the hurdles, and all that has followed since the Obama family left the White House, it remains hopeful, and it re kindled hope in my own heart flag 127 likesLike see review View all 76 comments Jaline Toni wrote Jaline, magnificent review I loved this book and Michelle Obama too Thank you for your lovely comment, Toni and I am glad you also lo Toni wrote Jaline, magnificent review I loved this book and Michelle Obama too Thank you for your lovely comment, Toni and I am glad you also love both the author and her frank and open memoir Jan 31, 2019 10 36PM Jaline Laysee wrote A moving review, Jaline So good to read snippets in the memoir that touched you Thank you so much, Laysee As I mentioned in my revie Laysee wrote A moving review, Jaline So good to read snippets in the memoir that touched you Thank you so much, Laysee As I mentioned in my review, I could have written an entire short story on the many aspects that impressed me in Michelle Obama s memoir On the other hand, I think folks will find it far satisfying to read on their own Jan 31, 2019 10 37PM Nov 08, 2018 Holli rated it did not like it This book is poorly written Only fans of M.O could possibly like this book as it doesn t stick to facts They are the only ones allowed to give reviews of it I wonder what is being said about Trump books My review has been deleted twice Hopefully I am allowed to say this little bit flag 117 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 05, 2018 April Aprilius Maximus rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018 Michelle Obama AKA our lord and saviour AKA an actual INSPIRATION flag 113 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jul 24, 2018 Chrissie rated it really liked it Shelves bio, usa, politics, feminism, leaders, audible uk, 2018 read, 2 itunes library The audiobook is wonderful Hearing Michelle tell her own story is better than reading her words in a book She speaks clearly, with emotional feeling and at a perfect speed I have given the narration performance five stars.The writing is heartfelt, clear and well formulated We start at Michelle s youth and learn about her family The telling moves forward chronologically, concluding in 2017 when Michelle and Barack left the White House Each chapter flows smoothly into the next, in this way m The audiobook is wonderful Hearing Michelle tell her own story is better than reading her words in a book She speaks clearly, with emotional feeling and at a perfect speed I have given the narration performance five stars.The writing is heartfelt, clear and well formulated We start at Michelle s youth and learn about her family The telling moves forward chronologically, concluding in 2017 when Michelle and Barack left the White House Each chapter flows smoothly into the next, in this way making it clear to the reader why and how one decision led to the next What you need to know to understand each decision taken is made clearly evident There is no overload of unnecessary details, which is to say the book is properly edited Amusing incidents are included What I want said is that one s attention never wanders I listened and listened and listened and never needed a break.This book is about Michelle It is about what is important to her It Is what she wants said It is about how she has experienced being a young woman growing up in the latter half of the 20th century and life today as a woman of the 21st century She speaks of how she views her relationship with her husband who happened to be the United States president She brings you in close What she says is both about being a woman of today and about what it was like being married to the president In this way you get two different perspectives.You learn about her reluctance and ambivalence toward Barack s decision to seek presidency With that overcome her involvement in his campaign follows Always, how the family as a whole is affected, is spoken of On election night in 2007, after the votes had been counted and it was clear Barack would be president, Barack, Michelle and their two girls drove to the celebration party, but Sasha, their youngest child, was worried because there were no other cars on the road The roads had been cleared by the Secret Service agents, but she did not understand this Daddy, she says, I don t think anybody is coming to your party I am paraphrasing What she said was so cute she was so upset and worried for her father Michelle s eight years in the White House are of course covered too Her trips and what she endeavored to achieve by setting up a garden on the White House grounds, her work to combat child obesity, efforts toward affordable health care, healthier foods and physical exercise in school curriculums You hear of their two dogs and the night when mother and daughter sneak outside to see the White House gloriously lit up in color for Gay Pride festivities We follow with Michelle as her two children grow into young adults.Michelle does not see herself as a political person politics are not her prime interest If you are looking for a book that in detail reviews Barak s political accomplishments, you must look elsewhere I have previously read The Bridge The Life and Rise of Barack Obama by David Remnick I do not regret having read it, even if I only gave it two stars There is a difference between reading a biography and an autobiography One reaps different information one gets different perspectives, but both have value as long as one keeps in mind whose view is being presented Michelle presents her views in a polite, thoughtful, balanced and relatively fair manner.I have come to understand the dynamics of the Obama family, the ups and downs the family has progressed through Look at the title Becoming Becoming is a process it is a transition from one state to the next It Is not about reaching a final destination Becoming looks at Michelle Obama and the process by which she has become who she is It is an apt title Every aspect of this book is well thought out.I hope you enjoy it as much as I have I hope I have clearly indicated what the book contains and what it gives and doesn t give flag 110 likesLike see review View all 33 comments Nov 15, 2018 Jessica rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves biography memoir, diverse lgbtq If you like Michelle Obama, you are going to like this book Her delightful personality shines through It s thoughtful, well written, and willing to go everywhere without betraying her signature line When they go low, we go high This isn t a book full of gossip or meant to tear her enemies down It s simply an uplifting look at a remarkable woman s remarkable life If you don t like Michelle Obama, though, you re going to write a snarky one star review complaining that she criticizes Donald If you like Michelle Obama, you are going to like this book Her delightful personality shines through It s thoughtful, well written, and willing to go everywhere without betraying her signature line When they go low, we go high This isn t a book full of gossip or meant to tear her enemies down It s simply an uplifting look at a remarkable woman s remarkable life If you don t like Michelle Obama, though, you re going to write a snarky one star review complaining that she criticizes Donald Trump, conveniently forgetting that he was among the primary architects of the false, racist claim that her husband was lying about his citizenship She s got every right to criticize him Whatever, the Donald Trump stuff is a relatively small piece of this book He gets just a couple brief mentions, really And that s just fine This is the first political memoir I ve ever read, but it was a thoroughly enjoyable book flag 113 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Jan 03, 2019 Holly rated it it was amazing Shelves non fiction, book club, audiobook, 2019 read I wanted to start off my 2019 reading with a book that would be uplifting and hopeful for a better new year, so I of course picked Michelle when they go low, we go high Obama s book I m totally giving this 5, absolutely biased, stars sorrynotsorryWhat is there to say about a woman who empowers others, supports children, is a dynamic force for change, has boundless empathy, and manages to be realistic but not cynical She s the kind of person I aspire to be, though I would never personally w I wanted to start off my 2019 reading with a book that would be uplifting and hopeful for a better new year, so I of course picked Michelle when they go low, we go high Obama s book I m totally giving this 5, absolutely biased, stars sorrynotsorryWhat is there to say about a woman who empowers others, supports children, is a dynamic force for change, has boundless empathy, and manages to be realistic but not cynical She s the kind of person I aspire to be, though I would never personally want to walk a day in her endlessly judged shoes She s handled a lot with grace and dignity than many of us could ever hope to achieve, and I m thankful to have had her in the White House for eight years Though I will say all the talk about the garden could have been weeded out a bit from this book pun intended But hey, it s better than be best flag 106 likesLike see review View all 18 comments Renata Loved your review After reading three wonderful but dark books this month, I can t wait to read Obama s book for February s book group Something pos Loved your review After reading three wonderful but dark books this month, I can t wait to read Obama s book for February s book group Something positively inspiring Jan 23, 2019 09 27PM Lilo I LOVE President Obama, and I LOVE Michelle Obama And I so wish we had the two of them back in the White House, which is now getting degraded and soi I LOVE President Obama, and I LOVE Michelle Obama And I so wish we had the two of them back in the White House, which is now getting degraded and soiled by the present administration or should I already say regime.So this book will be one of my next reads I have already reserved it at the library.And I really like your review updated Jan 26, 2019 11 06PM Apr 25, 2018 SHOOKITHA TEA marked it as to read review of another edition Shelves want need gotta have gimme, tbr, non fiction I honestly can t wait to read this one Already preordered the audiobook A full memoir about her life in her own words Take all my money Michelle Release Date Nov 13 2018 flag 105 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 11, 2019 Helene Jeppesen rated it it was amazing review of another edition This was my first read of 2019, and what a beautiful start to my reading year Becoming by Michelle Obama is one of the better, well written autobiographies I ve ever read, which surprises me since I didn t realize Michelle Obama was that good of a writer That being said, I didn t know much about her to begin with, so reading about her childhood and upbringing as well as her Princeton and Harvard educations was eye opening and engrossing I wanted to read this book because who wouldn t want t This was my first read of 2019, and what a beautiful start to my reading year Becoming by Michelle Obama is one of the better, well written autobiographies I ve ever read, which surprises me since I didn t realize Michelle Obama was that good of a writer That being said, I didn t know much about her to begin with, so reading about her childhood and upbringing as well as her Princeton and Harvard educations was eye opening and engrossing I wanted to read this book because who wouldn t want to read a personal account on what it s like to be the First Lady of the USA and live in the White House Meanwhile, I was really hoping for a personal account of the experience instead of a political one, and that s exactly what I got Michelle is excellent at balancing the personal with politics in her account of a life which, unavoidably, is interwoven with politics Not at any point does she get too specific with the political side of things and when she does get into politics, it s in order to explain the broader picture of her decisions and thoughts And what a beautiful writer Michelle is I was often taken aback with her poetic descriptions and reflections which didn t become overwhelming at any point a pet peeve of mine All in all, I was engrossed and enchanted with this autobiography which I whole heartedly recommend if you want to get familiar with Michelle Obama and her life, thoughts and views on what it s really like to be the First Lady of the USA flag 101 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Nov 17, 2018 Evie rated it it was amazing Shelves nonfiction, memoir, feminism, politics, favourites Dreaming of a world where Trump doesn t exist and Michelle Obama is PresidentThis was such a great read Engrossing from the beginning, it was so interesting to hear her life story from her childhood and the life she had before she met Barack, to the person she became with him, and to the life they built together with their children and within the Whitehouse Their love and respect for each other is just so awe inspiring.Although I already knew it, this book proved she was everything she po Dreaming of a world where Trump doesn t exist and Michelle Obama is PresidentThis was such a great read Engrossing from the beginning, it was so interesting to hear her life story from her childhood and the life she had before she met Barack, to the person she became with him, and to the life they built together with their children and within the Whitehouse Their love and respect for each other is just so awe inspiring.Although I already knew it, this book proved she was everything she portrays herself to be strong, confident, fiercely loyal, kind, intelligent, hardworking, modest, and so down to earth Her passion for diversity and representation for the poor, females and people of colour is so refreshing and encouraging to read She is such a brilliant role model and an incredible person, one I hope many women, especially young girls, look up to I know I do.This book is definitely one for the favourites shelf flag 87 likesLike see review View all 8 comments AlwaysV I ve had the same dream as yours since Nov 7, 2016 Superior review Loved every word I ve had the same dream as yours since Nov 7, 2016 Superior review Loved every word Jan 21, 2019 01 43PM Evie AlwaysV wrote I ve had the same dream as yours since Nov 7, 2016 Superior review Loved every word Thank you AlwaysV wrote I ve had the same dream as yours since Nov 7, 2016 Superior review Loved every word Thank you Jan 27, 2019 02 54AM Dec 05, 2018 Barbara rated it it was amazing The job of First Lady which is essentially to dress well, attend public functions, support your husband, and perhaps take up a worthy cause or two would be confining for anyone, much less a woman of Michelle Obama s abilities, drive, and accomplishments Michelle had to give up a distinguished career in public service to help her spouse Barack Obama achieve his ambitions, and she at least publicly doesn t regret it In fact, while in the White House, Michelle was able to advance some cause The job of First Lady which is essentially to dress well, attend public functions, support your husband, and perhaps take up a worthy cause or two would be confining for anyone, much less a woman of Michelle Obama s abilities, drive, and accomplishments Michelle had to give up a distinguished career in public service to help her spouse Barack Obama achieve his ambitions, and she at least publicly doesn t regret it In fact, while in the White House, Michelle was able to advance some causes close to her heart, including Improving children s health This started with Michelle s White House garden, planted by fifth graders, and branched out to important changes in the food industry especially those supplying food to schools Michelle s efforts also resulted in many schoolkids getting time for vigorous play and exercise Working in the White House garden planted to inspire children to eat better Bettering the lot of servicemen Michelle in conjunction with Jill Biden the Second Lady made it her mission to help military familes Thus Michelle frequently visited military hospitals, talked to patients and their relatives, and convinced businesses to hire and train veterans and military spouses Michelle Obama visiting a military hospital Michelle helped veterans get jobs Boosting education for girls Michelle and Barack worked assiduously to get girls around the world the schooling they deserve In the U.S Michelle s efforts helped millions of girls sign up for federal student aid got increased support for school counselors and launched National College Signing Day a commemoration of young people and their pursuit of higher education beyond high school Michelle Obama on National College Signing Day Michelle encouraged students to continue schooling training after high schoolTaking all this into account, I m still irked that any woman especially a college and law school graduate has to dim her lights so her husband can pursue his dream Now that her tenure in the White House is over, I m hoping for great things from Michelle.ough she vows that politics is not for her and she ll never run for President Michelle Robinson grew up in a strong nuclear family on the South Side of Chicago Michelle, her older brother Craig, and their parents rented the upstairs apartment of a small two family home owned by a great aunt and uncle Michelle s mother was a stay at home mom and her father tended boilers at a water filtration plant Marian and Fraser Robinson with Craig and Michelle the Robinsons aimed high for their childrenGrowing up, Michelle was enveloped by relatives, and during her family s regular weekend outings they would always visit with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins Michelle s favorite destination was the home of her maternal grandfather Southside , who would cook for everyone and play music from his extensive record collection.Michelle s forebears had few chances to better themselves Her paternal grandfather Dandy moved to Chicago in the 1930s, hoping to earn money to go to college But African Americans couldn t get good jobs such as electricians, steelworkers, carpenters, or plumbers because they were denied union cards So Dandy became a handyman and gave up the idea of getting a higher education.This kind of discrimination thwarted the advancement of generations of African Americans, and Michelle s parents were determined to help Craig and Michelle succeed Michelle s mother Marian was an especially powerful force When Michelle reported that her second grade teacher couldn t teach or control the classroom, Marian said Oh dear and quietly lobbied the school Michelle was then tested.d placed in an orderly third grade class In later life, Michelle thought back with concern, wondering what happened to the kids who d been left behind Young Michelle Robinson Michelle s mom made sure she got a good teacherWhen Michelle s father Fraser Robinson was in his thirties he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis Over the years Fraser s symptoms worsened and his mobility declined, but he continued to do fun things with his family like going for drives and taking a yearly vacation at Dukes Happy Holiday Resort in Michigan Even when Fraser had to use a walker, and then a wheelchair, he didn t miss a day of work and never complained Fraser was the sort of person who just kept moving forward , and this undoubtedly sent a powerful message to his children.As Craig and Michelle got older, their parents treated them like mature individuals and talked to them about drugs, sex, life choices, race, inequality, and politics Marian and Fraser then left their offspring to make their own decisions, trusting they d do the right thing.Michelle s journey through school was eased by her brother Craig, who was two years ahead of her Craig who got good grades and was a basketball star was very popular with teachers and schoolmates.d being his sister was a huge plus Nevertheless, Michelle s constant worry was, Am I good enough Michelle s anxiety increased when she tested into Chicago s first magnet school Whitney M Young High School which had a much diverse group of students than Michelle was used to In addition to kids from working class neighborhoods like hers, there were white students from Chicago s prosperous North Side, and members of the African American elite , who belonged to social clubs, took ski vacations and traveled overseass completely off young Michelle s radar To keep up with her classmates or even forge ahead Michelle worked extra hard at schoolwork, homework, and extracurricular activities Michelle Robinson in high schoolThis compulsion continued at Princeton University, where Michelle was one of few females, and even fewer African Americans Socially, Michelle was most comfortable at Princeton s Third World Center TWC where students of color gathered ally, Michelle took her minority status as a mandate to overperform to keep up with or even pass by privileged students.At Princeton Michelle got a work study position with Czerny Brasuell, the director of the TWC Michelle describes Czerny as an uber mentor who lobbied for inclusive policies for minorities and helped individual students improve their lot Czerny became a role model for Michelle, who admired her work ethic and accomplishments Czerny Brasuell Director of Princeton s Third World Center she was a big influence on MichelleMichelle Robinson at Princeton UniversityMichelle Robinson s college graduation pictureAfter Princeton, Michelle attended Harvard Law School, then got a position with Chicago s prestigious Sidley Austin Law Firm There she was asked to mentor an incoming summer associate a law student from Harvard who turned out to be Barack Obama Michelle and Barack started out as mentor and mentee, became friends, started to date, then fell in love Michelle describes Barack as a catch He was good looking, poised, successful, athletic, interesting and kind Barack was also cerebral, and though he could be lighthearted, always had a sense of obligationto help his community Michelle Robinson and Barack Obama at Sidley Austin Law Firm Michelle was Barack s mentor when he was a summer associateMichelle Robinson and Barack Obama young and in love In the part of the book titled Becoming Us , Michelle writes about the development of her relationship with Barack his delightful surprise proposal their engagement and their wedding which was a large, joyous affair Unfortunately, Fraser Robinson had succumbed to his illness two years before the nuptials, so Craig walked his sister down the aisle The BrideThe Bride and GroomMichelle wasn t satisfied being a corporate lawyer and wanted a job where she could help the community Thus Michelle took a steep cut in salary to become an assistant to Chicago s Mayor Daley Afterwards, Michelle s career advanced step by step as she became executive director of the Chicago chapter of Public Allies which trains young people to work in community organizations and non profit agencies then associate Dean at the University of Chicago where she focused on community relations and finally Executive Director for Community Affairs at the The University of Chicago Medical Center where she promoted community outreach Along the way Michelle met Susan Sher and Valerie Jarrett, two women who were confident and ran meetings and spoke their minds and influenced people women who knew their voices and were unafraid to use them.d were mothers That was exactly what Michellle wanted, everything , a work life and a home life Michelle Obama and Susan Sher a role model mentorMichelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett a role model mentor In the meantime, Barack was pursuing his career teaching a class about racism at the University of Chicago Law School working at a law firm running community organizing workshops and revising his book Dreams From My Father Anxious to do good things, Barack entered politics, and Michelle describes the trajectory of his political career, from State Senator to President As their careers advanced, Michelle and Barack decided to start a family which was easier said than done Michelle had trouble getting pregnant suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage and used IVF to conceive Malia and then Sasha Michelle and Barack were happy and devoted parents, but Barack s career required long stints away from home, so the brunt of home responsbilities fell to Michelle Michelle and Barack Obama with Malia and SashaMichelle was at least partly prepared for political life because of her high school friendship with Santita Jackson, daughter of the civil rights activist, Baptist minister, and politician Jesse Jackson Hanging around Santita s house, Michelle was exposed to the life of a political leader with people constantly coming and going plans alway being made and Jackson s frequent absences from home Michelle s friend Santita Jackson with her father Jesse JacksonOnce Barack started running for President, life became grueling for both himself and Michelle Michelle had an extensive role in the campaign and particularly because she was black was under a microscope Everything Michelle said and did and wore was scrutinized, and Republicans and the right wing media took every opportunity to criticize her, cut her down, take her remarks out of context, say cruel things about her, etc According to Michelle, the punches hurt , but she forged ahead with unstoppable drive In the latter part of the book, Michelle talks about being First Lady what it s like to live in the White House and how she tried to make sure her daughters had as normal a life as possible Michelle had to attend an endless stream of functions, parties, and galas, and to look fashionable and put together hired a wardrobe stylist, hairdresser, and make up artist This part of being First Lady, at least, sounds like fun Michelle Obama became a fashion iconFinally, Michelle mentions leaving the White House and resuming a normal life , which is still a work in progress.I ve tried to give a brief overview of Michelle s story, but you ll have to read the book to read her compelling personal anecdotes about family friends schools teachers bullies piano lessons her best friend dying from cancer visits to Kenya vacations in Hawaii election night nerves inaugural balls the family dogs Bo and Sunny Malia and Sasha Joe and Jill Biden Hillary Clinton Queen Elizabeth Lin Manuel Miranda Donald Trump and much Michelle and Barack Obama at the inaugural ballBo right and Sunny Obama Michelle and Barack Obama with Malia and Sasha when the girls were preteens Barack Obama with little Malia and Sasha on vacationJill and Joe Biden with the ObamasMichelle Obama and Queen ElizabethThe book is well written and illuminating, a fine first memoir from a First Lady.You can follow my reviews at flag 85 likesLike see review View all 15 comments Nov 24, 2018 Jenny Reading Envy rated it it was amazing Shelves audiobook, read2018, nonfiction november, biography memoir I m not super interested in politics so I was pleased to find that Michelle Obama doesn t really like politics either Her memoir is about how she created her life, once she discovered she had followed other people s expectations instead of figuring out what she wanted She is honest and open, than I would have expected, and I liked hearing how she reconciled living with someone messy haha , gave up her work for a while, and how she navigated the frustrating world of optics I liste I m not super interested in politics so I was pleased to find that Michelle Obama doesn t really like politics either Her memoir is about how she created her life, once she discovered she had followed other people s expectations instead of figuring out what she wanted She is honest and open, than I would have expected, and I liked hearing how she reconciled living with someone messy haha , gave up her work for a while, and how she navigated the frustrating world of optics I listened to the audio read by the author, highly recommended flag 85 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Oct 25, 2018 Michelle marked it as to read review of another edition I miss you and your husband so much flag 82 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Choice Becoming February 2019 14 26 1 minute ago Mocha Girls Read Book of the Month Becoming 5 9 18 minutes ago Diversity in All Becoming February 2019 10 31 8 hours, 0 min ago Books Ever After Maandboek Februari 2019 Mijn Verhaal Michelle Obama 23 50 10 hours, 32 min ago Kindle Book Club Discussion, Becoming, Reading In Progress 4 4 Feb 01, 2019 06 45AM UCAS English 11 R 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        Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is the wife of the forty fourth President of the United States, Barack Obama, and is the first African American First Lady of the United States.She was born and grew up on the South Side of Chicago and graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School After completing her formal education, she returned to Chicago and accepted a position with the law firm Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is the wife of the forty fourth President of the United States, Barack Obama, and is the first African American First Lady of the United States.She was born and grew up on the South Side of Chicago and graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School After completing her formal education, she returned to Chicago and accepted a position with the law firm Sidley Austin, and subsequently worked as part of the staff of Chicago mayor Richard M Daley, and for the University of Chicago Medical Center.Michelle Obama is the sister of Craig Robinson, men s basketball coach at Oregon State University She met Barack Obama when he joined Sidley Austin After his election to the U.S Senate, the Obama family continued to live on Chicago s South Side, choosing to remain there rather than moving to Washington, D.C


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    1. I d been lucky to have parents, teachers, and mentors who d fed me with a consistent, simple message You matter As an adult, I wanted to pass those words to a new generation. Look, I m not a happy crier I might cry at songs about leaving and missing someone I might cry at books where things don t work out I might cry at movies where someone dies I ve just never really understood why people get all choked up over happy, inspirational things But Michelle Obama s kindness and empathy change [...]


    2. I m so thrilled to add Becoming to my list A powerful, surprising and moving book as well as refreshingly candid that I think will be deeply inspirational to many.



    3. I didn t think I could admire and respect former First Lady Michelle Obama any than I already did For eight years she graced our country with her presence, her intellect, her caring We never had to ask because it is obvious in everything she says and does that she does care Without a doubt, she cares than anything about her family, but also cares deeply about this country Then I read this book, an eloquent memoir, strikingly honest and as inspiring as I suspected it would be I fel I didn t thi [...]


    4. I understand the hype I didn t know much about Michelle Obama nor her husband This book absolutely humanized them and show me how much they care about others The contrast with the actual political situation is blatant.Recommend


    5. Audiobook read by Michelle ObamaFor the past three days all I wanted to do was listen to Michelle Obama. I cried or was teary eyed so many times I lost count THIS BOOK must be especially special to her immediate family and closest friends.but it s also a great gift to the rest of us Nobody else but Michelle could have written this book it s so MICHELLE S STORY She is gifted in her ability to express her own emotions write with tremendous insight and sensitivity and from beg Audiobook read by Mic [...]


    6. I was humbled and excited to be First Lady, but not for one second did I think I d be sliding into some glamorous, easy role Nobody who has the words first and black attached to them ever would I stood at the foot of the mountain, knowing I d need to climb my way into favor God, do I miss the Obamas.Since I ve had the right to vote, two presidents have energized and excited me Bill Clinton and Barack Obama That s not to say that I agreed with everything they did, or that there weren t t I was hu [...]


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