Review: Becoming

38744839Title: Becoming
Author: Michelle Obama
480 pages, published November 13, 2018
Source: Purchased for myself

From Goodreads:

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

What a beautiful, fantastic book! I've always admired Michelle Obama, ever since I watched her speech from the Democratic National Convention in 2008. What I loved about this book was how real and human the story was. There were so many stories and experiences from her childhood that spoke to me or I could relate to. One that stood out was during her senior year in high school, while searching for colleges.  She told a college counselor she was thinking about Princeton, and the counselor told her she wasn't sure she was "Princeton material." Fortunately, that motivated Michelle rather than discouraged her. As someone who works in college admissions, I connected with this story. Stories like these made this book so special. 

I also enjoyed learning more about Michelle and Barack's relationship and marriage, and how being in politics challenged them and made them stronger. She told many stories of daily life in the White House that we don't realize happen--the simple task of running to the grocery store or going out for ice cream are not as easy when you have Secret Service following you. It was also interesting learning about their daughters and how life in the White House affected them.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and commend Michelle for sharing her story. Her overall theme in the book of sharing our stories to realize we are not that different was perfectly done and was so inspiring. A five star read!

Happy Reading!


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