Book Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama

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Author: Michelle Obama

Print Length: 468 pages

Publisher: Crown

Publication Date: November 13, 2018

Sold by: Random House LLC

ISBN: 978-0-52-63375-4

Buy it here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Source: I borrowed this book from the local library


An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

My Thoughts

Inspiring, Thought-provoking and Insightful

Reading Becoming was a bit out of character for me to read.  I don’t usually find myself drawn to memoirs.  But with all the rage around this book, I just had to read it. I was not disappointed.  This book exceeded my expectations.

Becoming covers the story of Mrs. Obama’s life

  • her upbringing
  • schooling
  • family
  • meeting her husband
  • the decision for Barack to run for office
  • leaving office and moving forward after

When reading, I like to pull quotes. With Becoming, by Michele Obama, I felt like I wanted to write down everything. Michelle Obama is an inspiring, insightful, hardworking, classy woman. She stresses throughout the book the importance of treating people as people. To show common decency to others and not to tolerate inequalities based on race or gender. This book holds priceless insight and thoughts on how to better ourselves, as well as to listen and help others.

I highly recommend this book.






About the Author

michelle obama authorMichelle Robinson Obama served as First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, Mrs. Obama started her career as an attorney at the Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin, where she met her future husband, Barack Obama. She later worked in the Chicago mayor’s office, at the University of Chicago, and at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Mrs. Obama also founded the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, an organization that prepares young people for careers in public service.

The Obamas currently live in Washington, DC, and have two daughters, Malia and Sasha.

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