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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Becoming

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emily May

    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

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Jessica Parker

    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. 5 out of 5

    Kai

    MICHELLE MY HEART this is going to be good

  4. 4 out of 5

    Angela M

    I didn’t think I could admire and respect former First Lady Michelle Obama any more 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 more 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 more 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 more 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 more 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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elyse Walters

    Audiobook read by Michelle Obama For 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 Obama For 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 me..... It 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....as 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 .....the 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 more intimately with the Obama family. The beginning of this Audiobook.....we 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 more 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 more of this Michelle?” .... But then.....during 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 too ..... Things 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 *together*.....SO MUCH FAMILY TIME - HAPPY MEMORIES..... something 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 more tolerable and ‘fun’. I wanted to be friends with Michelle.....feel safe in her home......cherished 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 Chicago ....and 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 World”.....was such a beautiful part of this story.... MY GOD....at one point I said to myself, “they really are a fairy tale couple”.....lol I usually ever even ‘think’ like that. .....but their wedding did feel beautiful.....surrounded by many people who loved them both. The only thing that would have made the wedding scene better would have been ...... If on the Audiobook....they 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 toddler....and I said, “what the heck is that?”... look it up....it’s cute. Might drive adults nuts, though. 🐛 I loved hearing about Michelle’s high school AND college years..... Yet 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 more active than many spouses of candidates in campaigning for their husbands… But in the future we will see more 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 now ..... This book comes at a good time. It’s a great holiday gift! A cute moment... Michelle learned early in childhood that she could discuss things with her parents. Her parents would listen to her ideas...Even 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 more than good enough! She’s A GIFT TO OUR COUNTRY.....a woman who continues to be true to herself - making a difference being who she is .....just keep her sharing!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    "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 more 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.blogspot.com, or check out my list of the best books I read in 2017 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2017.html.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie L (catteabooks)

    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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    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 Amazon 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 more. 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 Amazon 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 more. 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 more 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!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    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 Goodreads, Amazon and Twitter on 12.8.18. Excerpt to be published on Instagram.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brandice

    Becoming like Michelle Obama herself, is both eloquent and relatable. She talks about becoming her, becoming us, and finally, becoming more. 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 more. 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 more 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 more 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 more growing up to be done.“ Highly recommend Becoming for fans Michelle, Barack, and the Obama administration.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dem

    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 🎁.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chrissie

    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 more 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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    SHOOKITHA TEA

    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

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    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 more of the Obama’s!!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    Michelle Obama AKA our lord and saviour AKA an actual INSPIRATION!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Evie

    *Dreaming of a world where Trump doesn’t exist and Michelle Obama is President... This 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 President... This 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!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Eric Anderson

    Like many people, I eagerly read Michelle Obama’s memoir “Becoming” as soon as it was published this week. It’s important that this book has come out now and there’s many reasons to be excited about it. I’m not only excited about it because she’s a former first lady as well as being an icon in her own right or her historic importance as the first African American First Lady who is the great great granddaughter of a slave. And not just because this book finally gives insight to her own private th Like many people, I eagerly read Michelle Obama’s memoir “Becoming” as soon as it was published this week. It’s important that this book has come out now and there’s many reasons to be excited about it. I’m not only excited about it because she’s a former first lady as well as being an icon in her own right or her historic importance as the first African American First Lady who is the great great granddaughter of a slave. And not just because this book finally gives insight to her own private thoughts on things ranging from her evolving romance with Barack or the painful transition to the current presidency after they left the White House. And I’m not even excited just because I have silly fantasies about what it’d be like to be Michelle’s best friend and closest confidant and listening to the 19 hours and 3 minutes of the audio book meant Michelle was speaking about her private reflections directly into my ear. I’m excited about this book because I need a dose of wisdom and optimism in a period of time when the world seems so bleak and I feel so uncertain and frightened about my own future and the future of our society that I sometimes feel a creeping cynicism overcome me. Having just read the book I’m filled with emotion and admiration and, yes, more hope because of the striking insights and heartfelt openness of Michelle’s story. Read my full review of Becoming by Michelle Obama on LonesomeReader

  19. 4 out of 5

    Holli

    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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I miss you and your husband so much

  21. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    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 more 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 school Taking 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.....though 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 children Growing 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.....and 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 teacher When 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.....and 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 more 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 overseas.....things 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 school This 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. Scholastically, Michelle took her minority status as a mandate to overperform - to keep up with or even pass by more 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 more 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 Michelle Michelle Robinson at Princeton University Michelle Robinson's college graduation picture After 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 obligation...to help his community. Michelle Robinson and Barack Obama at Sidley & Austin Law Firm - Michelle was Barack's mentor when he was a summer associate Michelle 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 Bride The Bride and Groom Michelle 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.....and were mothers." That was exactly what Michellle wanted, "everything", a work life and a home life. Michelle Obama and Susan Sher - a role model/mentor Michelle 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 Sasha Michelle 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 Jackson Once 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 icon Finally, 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 more. Michelle and Barack Obama at the inaugural ball Bo (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 vacation Jill and Joe Biden with the Obamas Michelle Obama and Queen Elizabeth The book is well-written and illuminating, a fine first memoir from a First Lady. You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot....

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jenny (Reading Envy)

    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 more 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, more 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 more 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, more 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.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    I absolutely loved listening to Michelle Obama read her memoir, Becoming. Michelle is frank in telling her life story, especially in the challenges she has faced and the ways she has tried to overcome those difficulties. The book follows a basic chronological order, starting with her childhood on the south side of Chicago, covering her college years, then how she met Barack while working at a law firm, and finally their life together, with Barack choosing a career in politics, while Michelle adm I absolutely loved listening to Michelle Obama read her memoir, Becoming. Michelle is frank in telling her life story, especially in the challenges she has faced and the ways she has tried to overcome those difficulties. The book follows a basic chronological order, starting with her childhood on the south side of Chicago, covering her college years, then how she met Barack while working at a law firm, and finally their life together, with Barack choosing a career in politics, while Michelle admits she dislikes politics, especially how it can strain family life. There were a lot of great stories in this book, but one I especially liked (in part because it reminded me of my own father) was how frustrated Michelle would get with Barack's constant lateness. When he was a state senator in Illinois, he would often be hours late for dinner. After going to see a couple's therapist, Michelle changed her attitude by setting a firm time for dinner, rather than waiting for him, and also prioritizing her own needs, such as making time to exercise in the morning. When it came to the home-for-dinner dilemma, I installed new boundaries, ones that worked better for me and the girls. We made our schedule and stuck to it ... It went back to my wishes for them to grow up strong and centered and also unaccommodating to any form of old-school patriarchy: I didn’t want them ever to believe that life began when the man of the house arrived home. We didn’t wait for Dad. It was his job now to catch up with us. The lesson being that in life you control what you can. Another fun anecdote was the inside joke Michelle had after Barack's popular 2004 speech at the Democratic National Convention. When Barack suddenly became famous, getting a book deal and more speaking requests and an interview from Oprah and even being greeted on the street by strangers, after every encounter, Michelle would look at him and say, "Must have been a good speech." Yes, yes it was. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes the Obamas, political stories or inspiring memoirs. Favorite Quotes "Now I think it’s one of the most useless questions an adult can ask a child — What do you want to be when you grow up? As if growing up is finite. As if at some point you become something and that’s the end." "Now that I’m an adult, I realize that kids know at a very young age when they’re being devalued, when adults aren’t invested enough to help them learn. Their anger over it can manifest itself as unruliness. It’s hardly their fault. They aren’t 'bad kids.' They’re just trying to survive bad circumstances." "The choice, as he saw it, was this: You give up or you work for change. 'What’s better for us?' Barack called to the people gathered in the room. 'Do we settle for the world as it is, or do we work for the world as it should be?'" "Since childhood, I’d believed it was important to speak out against bullies while also not stooping to their level. And to be clear, we were now up against a bully, a man who among other things demeaned minorities and expressed contempt for prisoners of war, challenging the dignity of our country with practically his every utterance. I wanted Americans to understand that words matter — that the hateful language they heard coming from their TVs did not reflect the true spirit of our country and that we could vote against it. It was dignity I wanted to make an appeal for — the idea that as a nation we might hold on to the core thing that had sustained my family, going back generations. Dignity had always gotten us through. It was a choice, and not always the easy one, but the people I respected most in life made it again and again, every single day. There was a motto Barack and I tried to live by, and I offered it that night from the stage: When they go low, we go high." "My father, Fraser, taught me to work hard, laugh often, and keep my word. My mother, Marian, showed me how to think for myself and to use my voice. Together, in our cramped apartment on the South Side of Chicago, they helped me see the value in our story, in my story, in the larger story of our country. Even when it’s not pretty or perfect. Even when it’s more real than you want it to be. Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own." "For every door that’s been opened to me, I’ve tried to open my door to others. And here is what I have to say, finally: Let’s invite one another in. Maybe then we can begin to fear less, to make fewer wrong assumptions, to let go of the biases and stereotypes that unnecessarily divide us. Maybe we can better embrace the ways we are the same. 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."

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sophia Triad

    “I think we should go out,” Barack announced one afternoon as we sat finishing a meal. “What, you and me?” I feigned shock that he even considered it a possibility. “I told you, I don’t date. And I’m your adviser.” He gave a wry laugh. “Like that counts for anything. You’re not my boss,” he said. “And you’re pretty cute.” I feel that Michelle Obama is a truly inspiring woman, a woman who makes you believe in true values, who makes you appreciate the importance of duty and family.... ...But I hav “I think we should go out,” Barack announced one afternoon as we sat finishing a meal. “What, you and me?” I feigned shock that he even considered it a possibility. “I told you, I don’t date. And I’m your adviser.” He gave a wry laugh. “Like that counts for anything. You’re not my boss,” he said. “And you’re pretty cute.” I feel that Michelle Obama is a truly inspiring woman, a woman who makes you believe in true values, who makes you appreciate the importance of duty and family.... ...But I have to admit (and I won't apologise about my little weakness in romance!) that the main reason I wanted to read this was the LOVE STORY.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Becoming is a very honest, introspective memoir. Michelle Obama’s young life was humble. The Robinson’s lived a working class life, in a lower middle class neighborhood. They managed with one salary – Mr. Robinson’s – and so Mrs. Robinson was able to do more for her children. Her father’s chronic disease was increasingly debilitating, and in the end, forced changes. Mrs. Robinson went to work as both parents worked hard to pay for their children’s education. They were determined to see them achie Becoming is a very honest, introspective memoir. Michelle Obama’s young life was humble. The Robinson’s lived a working class life, in a lower middle class neighborhood. They managed with one salary – Mr. Robinson’s – and so Mrs. Robinson was able to do more for her children. Her father’s chronic disease was increasingly debilitating, and in the end, forced changes. Mrs. Robinson went to work as both parents worked hard to pay for their children’s education. They were determined to see them achieve their potential. I discovered that I had held an assumption that Michelle Obama’s education at elite colleges was paid for by scholarships. I was wrong. She and I shared a common path to college. A decade before her, I was helped by a school counselor and encouraged by parents of a friend to attend an elite (though not Ivy) college. My father did not believe girls should go to college, but my mother supported me. There were two of us in my high school class, both females, who were accepted to a top tier university. We were first generation college students from large (Catholic) lower middle class families. Thanks to scholarships and decent financial aid including work study and loans, we paid the same to attend this university as it would have cost to attend our state university. I had student loans (modest compared to the debt students accumulate these days) as did Michelle Obama. It was an era when colleges and universities were intentional in the diversification of their student body, including many first-generation college students from modest economic backgrounds. Michelle Obama reveals unsurprising details of the difficulties she, and her family faced when they became the first family. There were one or two times when I was bewildered by the inability of Mrs. Obama or one of her daughters to understand the necessary limitations of their activities. But I also realized that in 2018, the world has become even more dangerous than ten years ago, and I may be judging their reactions to Secret Service restrictions from a 2018 perspective. Mrs. Obama was relentless in working to keep life “normal” for her two daughters. On the other hand, how many young people meet the Pope, and Nelson Mandela. Perhaps the incidents in the book that impacted me the most were Mrs. Obama's accounts of the Sandy Hook shooting, and soon after, the death of a Chicago honor student Hadiya Pendleton, who had participated in President Obama's second inauguration as part of her school's marching band and was gunned down days later. Mrs. Obama didn't go with the President to Sandy Hook, and explains why. But when Hadiya Pendleton was killed, she went to Chicago, to her funeral. She was there first and foremost as a native of Chicago's South Side, and second as the First Lady of the United States. Michelle Obama’s legacy is much more than that of the first African American First Lady. She fought determinedly for the rights and access to education for girls around the globe. Her White House garden, and focus on healthy diets in schools were far more profound than the media portrayals. Girls around the world have more hope and better lives because of Mrs. Obama’s efforts. This is a book that admirers of Mrs. Obama will love, and it may demonstrate to others who aren’t yet in the “fan club” that she is, at heart, a person who loves humanity, and has dedicated her life to making our country, and the world a more just place.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    A beautifully written and inspiring story of the most iconic American woman of this century SUMMARY Becoming is a Michelle Obama’s autobiographical memoir. It’s a deeply personal account of a woman describing her Chicago roots, finding her professional voice and being a mother. Obama describes her White House personal experiences as First Lady, as well as her public campaigns to promote healthier living and to advocate for women and girls around the world. “One of the lessons that I grew up with w A beautifully written and inspiring story of the most iconic American woman of this century SUMMARY Becoming is a Michelle Obama’s autobiographical memoir. It’s a deeply personal account of a woman describing her Chicago roots, finding her professional voice and being a mother. Obama describes her White House personal experiences as First Lady, as well as her public campaigns to promote healthier living and to advocate for women and girls around the world. “One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.“ REVIEW BECOMING is an beautiful and inspiring story of how a woman who grew up on the Southside of Chicago, became the first African-American First Lady of the United States. It’s a honest and deeply revealing account of some of her most difficult decisions, including her decision to leave a high paying position with a major law firm, and her decision to seek marital counseling. Obama had me from page one. It’s delightfully well written with elegance and warmth, and beautifully descriptive. Listening to Michelle Obama narrate her own life story in the Audible version of the book was wonderfully mesmerizing. I laughed as she ran through an open field with her boyfriend, I got mad when her father’s car was scratched in the Chicago suburbs, I cried when she felt out of place at Princeton and I cheered the night she was able to break out of the White House. Becoming is the perfect title for a perfect book, and should absolutely be on every woman’s reading list. “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.”

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    All the stars! I highly recommend listening to this on audio. It's long, but it's so lovely to hear Michelle Obama's words on her own warm, confident voice. Her story is interesting and inspiring, full of love and tragedy, challenges and triumphs. I loved hearing about her own life as a person who existed before she met the man who would become president, who had dreams of her own, and the will to do the hard work to accomplish them. But I also loved seeing Barack Obama through her eyes, when he All the stars! I highly recommend listening to this on audio. It's long, but it's so lovely to hear Michelle Obama's words on her own warm, confident voice. Her story is interesting and inspiring, full of love and tragedy, challenges and triumphs. I loved hearing about her own life as a person who existed before she met the man who would become president, who had dreams of her own, and the will to do the hard work to accomplish them. But I also loved seeing Barack Obama through her eyes, when he was young, and while he was president. It confirmed that he is exactly the kind of man who should be president--intellectual, curious, empathetic, and with an authentic passion for improving his community from a young age. Hearing their love story was 😍😍😍! We also got to hear about how Barack's political career was for Michelle, and the struggles she went through and doubts she had, as well as her and her feelings about her role as first lady, her goals, and what how she was touched by hearing the stories of the people she interacted with in that role. Michelle Obama is such a remarkable woman, and I loved everything about her memoir. I felt such a longing while listening, for a time when we had a president and first lady who cared deeply about the people of this country, but she also gave me hope that we can have that again. *Used for Read Harder 2018 prompt "An Oprah Book Club selection."

  28. 4 out of 5

    alex

    omg omg omg

  29. 4 out of 5

    MaryBeth's Bookshelf

    I loved listening to Michelle Obama narrate her memoir. It was well written, insightful, emotional, funny, and reflective. What I took from this book was Mrs. Obama's drive to be successful combined with her fierce love and devotion to her family. The first third of the book is devoted to her story growing up in Chicago and her parents instilling in her a strong work ethic. The second third focuses on how Mrs. Obama built her career. I was so impressed with her motivation and drive to be success I loved listening to Michelle Obama narrate her memoir. It was well written, insightful, emotional, funny, and reflective. What I took from this book was Mrs. Obama's drive to be successful combined with her fierce love and devotion to her family. The first third of the book is devoted to her story growing up in Chicago and her parents instilling in her a strong work ethic. The second third focuses on how Mrs. Obama built her career. I was so impressed with her motivation and drive to be successful and never settle. The final third of the book focuses on their time in the White House. If I had one comment it would be I wished there was more about they Obama's time in the White House (which I found fascinating), but I understand the book could only be so long. Even if you are not a fan of Michelle Obama, this book is a very uplifting read!

  30. 5 out of 5

    BookOfCinz

    Hands Down, the Best Memoir of 2018 Now I think it’s one of the most useless questions an adult can ask a child—What do you want to be when you grow up? As if growing up is finite. As if at some point you become something and that’s the end. I picked up Becoming because it is Michelle Obama and I wanted to hear what she had to say. I expected to be wowed, amazed, and knocked off my feet but I didn't expect to be so smitten. I have no words to explain how amazing this book is. The writing is fl Hands Down, the Best Memoir of 2018 Now I think it’s one of the most useless questions an adult can ask a child—What do you want to be when you grow up? As if growing up is finite. As if at some point you become something and that’s the end. I picked up Becoming because it is Michelle Obama and I wanted to hear what she had to say. I expected to be wowed, amazed, and knocked off my feet but I didn't expect to be so smitten. I have no words to explain how amazing this book is. The writing is flawless, Michelle Obama is GOALS and the G.O.A.T. This is Michelle Obama like we have never seen her before, unencumbered, moving, flawed, deeply authentic and funny. I am in awe of this woman and the life she has lived so far and I cannot wait to see where the next years take the Obamas. While I am not a big fan of politics and politician, the Obamas stole my heart when they were in power and I still look on deeply fascinated by the life they live. In Becoming Michelle Obama gave us an inside look at exactly what the race for presidency was like, what living under a spotlight like the First Lady affected her and her children and how she was able to use her platform. Also, can we just all pause and acknowledge Barrack and Michelle's love story and how moving it was? I found myself crying, laughing out loud and cheering for them at different stages of the book. This might be one of the best memoirs I have read to date. This is a MUST READ. Top favorite book of 2019, do not sleep on it. Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.

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