Bookseller Reviews, Kim – Michelle Obama – Becoming
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 mesmerising storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world.
With the release of Barack Obama’s autobiography it felt apt to read Michelle Obama’s and I loved it from page 1.
Michelle Robinson grew up in the upper floor of 7436 South Euclid Avenue in Chicago’s South Shore community area. Her family believed in the power of hard work and she went on to be a Princeton and Harvard graduate and to practice law. The book covers also covers her family relationships, Barack’s presidential campaign, election and presidency.
This book is a joy to read. Michelle has a self awareness throughout makes the autobiography feel like you’re sitting listening to her reveling her life in story like a friend. It made me laugh and cry and allows you to see the story through her eyes. The criticism she encountered and the good she did during her time in the White House.
I was surprised about her hesitancy for Obama to run for presidency and was wowed by her commitment to her husband’s passions and dreams. Michelle used her position to promote healthy eating in kids, the businesses of often overlooked fashion designers and empowering young women to aspire for greatness. The parenting of children in office is another thing that she covers, always aware that they needed to live as normal life as possible – the girls stories of their days being a highlight of evening meals as a family.
The ending – when Trump rose to power – is a sad moment but Michelle reflects on the good her and Barack had done in their time in the White House and their plans for after. The last chapter reflects on her life and their time in the White House and is a message of hope for the future even when things look bleak. Michelle talks about the importance on keeping an open communication and the importance of embracing our differences.
Michelle Obama has led an amazing life and the book follows her journey. It is an empowering story that gives hope to those marginalized and gives everyone permission to be great. ‘Becoming is a means of evolution…the journey does not end’ – I’m looking forward to reading Barack’s autobiography to see the other side of White House life.