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In writing BECOMING Michelle Obama proves that it isn’t only her husband who has a gift for words. Her genuineness, wisdom, grace, and dignity transcend the pages as she shares her journey from humble beginnings on the south side of Chicago to becoming First Lady of the United States. In addition to personal photos, she offers some fascinating insights into coping with life in the public eye. BECOMING is truly an inspiring and worthwhile read.
Michelle Obama's book is everything I hoped it to be--personal, direct, honest, unpretentious, and of course beautifully written. I was brought to tears unexpectedly along the way. Hers is a voice we should listen to and heed.
I loved this book! For a while everyone I knew was reading it so I thought I needed to jump on board.
This is an autobiography reflecting on how Obama’s younger years made her who she is and her experience as the First Lady. I thought the section titles were clever: Becoming Me, Becoming Us, and Becoming More.
I am not a political person (although there ARE rights I am very passionate about) and before I started reading I was a little anxious about exposing myself to potential propaganda. And there ARE propaganda and the evidence for an intentional persona, which I have actually written an article on (https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/5bQL26fu9vlK1NOBel2LNA here is the link for my Chinese readers) but I actually minded it much less than I had expected. Yes there is all that but from her words I still saw her as an activist and an advocate, and I think that even though there are things that she is not talking about, what she has revealed is enough to make me like her. As I said somewhere else (I actually don’t remember where) unless she had the experience ghostwritten for her in full, words don’t lie and are a reflection of part of her true self.
At certain moments I had been filled with tears. Strong words can only come from a strong individual, and she is a determined person indeed.
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I really enjoyed the book. Definitely one of my favourite reads of 2019. I liked how she talked about the various people that mentored her along the way, about the joys and sorrows of her life and makes herself vulnerable to readers.
I loved this book. I felt like I was visiting with a friend. Michelle Obama is honest and down-to-earth about her entire life. I love her mom, too. I savoured this book. (I actually bought it because I could not read the book from the library in the allotted time). Each of the sections of the book are about a time in her and her family's life. I laughed and I cried. There are several places in the book that choked me up to the point that I had to put the book down, get a tissue and have a break. Very good read, I'm glad I own the book now. I will probably read it again sometime.
I completely understand what all the fuss was about, this memoir is exceptional. Michelle Obama recounts three clear stages of her life up to the end of Barack Obama's presidency. The stages are titled: Becoming Me, Becoming Us, and Becoming More.
This is a dense book and there are a lot of emotions to digest. Michelle is a powerhouse of strength, grace and resilience. Every paragraph is mindfully crafted and strings together a story of twists and turns. Everyone has challenges that we don't see at the surface level and learning about Michelle's journey and challenges will inspire and empower many readers to push on.
Every paragraph was well written and interesting, Thoroughly enjoyed Michelle Obama’s book. She is also an excellent “voice” for women regarding the struggles we encounter in life and on how to succeed. She shares on her life before and during her years in the Whitehouse.
This book was fantastic. I would definitely recommend it! It was fun being able to have a behind-the-scenes look at what it would be like going through finding out you would be married to a man running for President. It was interesting to be able to hear about her emotions as their family waited to find out the results of the elections. Hearing her talk about how thoughtful and kind Barrack is but also how neither of them are perfect. She gave 8 years of service to our country in the most elegant and wonderful way. I can't describe the joy this family, this woman especially, brings me.
Fascinating, honest, and compassionate glimpse behind the curtain of politics, as well as a clearer view of the current state of the US. Started slow for me, but then I realized it was so conversational (audiobook read by author) that if I listened in typical hangout chunks (1-2 hours here and there) I could fully appreciate her stories.
If you liked fairy tale stories as a child you will love this book.
Everything is perfect about this woman: her looks, her family, her straight A grades, her hubby, her kids, her dog, her homes.
As much as love it that a woman like her made it to the top in her profession and personally, I would have liked a bit of a human element you know, wabi-sabi, imperfection. It is hard to get inspired when there is none of that.
Put it down after page 20. I can't believe how long I waited for a book that left too much to be desired.
The book I thought was okay nothing scandalous seem to have happened in life. She a straight by the book person. And there's nothing wrong about that.
It’s a long read (425 pages), and there’s a lot for her to say in an accomplished life (before and after Barack). She is careful about how to say it...sometimes too careful, usually just right, to keep her class and dignity intact while many others around her lacked it. Michelle Robinson was going to be an important contributor to society before she met Barack Obama, but likely no-one outside of Chicago would have known it. Instead she got swept into the tornado of politics while trying to raise two small children—she makes it pretty clear she distrusted politics before, and despised politics (and most media) after--especially you-know-who: “I’ll never forgive him” (for all the racist “birther” stuff).
What really struck me in the book was how much of a “team” that family was and is. That was the only way they could survive with their sanity, considering the barriers they had to break, and the abuse they had to take. Lots of lessons from this book.
Like the woman herself, this memoir is likeable, accessible, smart, insightful, humble and confident in perfect balance. The most interesting facet of the book’s first pages for me was her story of growing up watching her father’s advancing multiple sclerosis. Watch for her subtle yet skillful descriptions of the coping mechanisms employed by each of her family members to adapt to the stark yet slow-motion debilitation of the patriarch’s physical mobility. A landmark memoir about a singular icon for our age. 📖👍
from the book:
"Hamilton touched me because it reflected the kind of history I'd lived myself. It told a story about America that allowed diversity in. I thought about this afterwards: So many of us go through life with our stories hidden, feeling ashamed or afraid when our whole truth doesn't liveup to some established ideal. [...] That is, until someone dares to start telling that story differently"
for some reasons I think - if she got it in mind also by writing her book - she failed.
Or maybe she put a message, which I am not quite understand or was unable to catch.
Anyway - I am big fan of Obama, but his message to Americans : in order to get America higher - you have to start work on themselves - unfortunately also failed. It is not his fault, but also you have to understand that this kind of changes has to be clear and precise and has to be implemented for long period. There is maybe why Trump now succeed.
Anyway - good to refresh memory how Obama handled challenges US experience during his presidency, especially that now doesn't look like is handling them at all.
I have to start my review by saying I don’t like political books, neither the right or the left. They are too preachy and intolerant of others opinions. But this book was not political. It was marvelous. It was very well written telling the tales of growing up poor in dollars and rich in love, and the difficulty in being judged by what you wear, the color of your nail polish, where you go, and your facial expressions. It’s a tale of love for both her mother, her husband and her children and trying to navigate the very difficult public life into which she was thrown. Thank you Michelle Obama.
Wonderful read. It was if we were at lunch and she was bringing me up to date on things. While you think you know all,you find out that there is more. I've suggested this book to two clergy members as a possible discussion vehicle to use with pre-marital counseling.
This is such a wonderful, uplifting and thoughtful read. Through her biography we not only come to understand Michelle Obama and what matters to her, we get to meet her family and friends. Her story, intertwined with theirs is by turns funny, poignant, tragic and inspiring. It gives us another perspective on her famous husband too.
Her words at the conclusion of the book explain the title and are empowering for people at any stage of life.
Here I sit, weeping as midway down page 279 describing election night when President Obama became #44 (a master number by the way) and they became our classiest First Family ever. The dam just burst in me as when encountering something so overwhelming that this reaction is a complete surprise.
While it may (or not) be tempting to feel angry and disgusted at the current moment our turd-in-chief and his batch of ill-willed bully boys, I cannot really give any shrift to them and that category of frightened, small people that have always been with us.
Rather it is the sheer, immeasurable heart, mind and soul of the Obamas and people like them who always want better. The includers, the problem solvers, those whose spare thoughts are always on some marvelous possibility or solution, from the stubborn practicalities of helping those marginalized least fortunate of us to the great majority who commonly share a love of Life, Family, Country wanting better for all. I recognize my tears as the same ones that spring out when something so beautiful overwhelms and drowns the heart in the ineffable.
A good biography and inspiration to see the possibility in this precious Life.
An inspiring story of a brave, caring and intelligent woman. As remarkable in her own right as her very famous husband. "Yes you can!"
This was a good book. This is the first book I've read about the Obamas, but Michelle is such a unique former First Lady; it comes out in her writing.
I probably shouldn't be surprised, but the book is surprisingly good and not as self-aggrandizing as I was expecting. She seems like a very real person.