Courage Is Contagious
A collection of never-before-published essays celebrating a First Lady whose impact will be felt for years to come, featuring a stunning array of acclaimed contributorsMichelle Obama's legacy transcends categorization; her cultural imprint is as nuanced as it is indelible. She used her time in the White House to fight for women, minorities, and health and education advocates. At the same time, her own genre-busting style encouraged others to speak, to engage, even to dress however they wanted. In this tribute to the former First Lady, T: The New York Times Style Magazine editor Nick Haramis assembles twenty original essays from prize-winning writers, Hollywood stars, celebrity chefs, and politicos, all of whom have been moved and influenced by her extraordinary grace in power. This uplifting book uncovers the many layers of Michelle Obama as she continues to be a role model and icon in the age of Donald Trump.

Courage Is Contagious Details

TitleCourage Is Contagious
Author
ReleaseOct 24th, 2017
PublisherLenny
ISBN-139780399592614
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Writing, Essays, Biography, Politics

Courage Is Contagious Review

  • Seymone
    January 1, 1970
    Very inspiring. Makes one really think about the mark one leaves on the world. What do people say about you when your not around. Summation, Michelle Obama is a class act. She had a huge impact on so many people, from the young to the old. What you find in this book is their stories.Very inspiring read.
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  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    January 1, 1970
    RATING: 3 STARS(Review Not on Blog)I put this on hold only because it featured essays on Michelle Obama. There were a few good essays but some were more about names (Lena Dunham who also published this book).
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a delightful book of celebration and inspiration.
  • Garrett
    January 1, 1970
    You know you need to read this, and if you don't already know that, you don't need to read it. I love Michelle Obama, and her not being First Lady makes me a little weepy. If you don't feel that way, fuck you. She's classy, I'm not.
  • Chelsey
    January 1, 1970
    A collection of short essays about why Michelle Obama is an inspiring woman? Yes. Just yes!
  • LAPL Reads
    January 1, 1970
    This collection of seventeen essays is not intended to be a biography of Michelle Obama, many of which can be found here in LAPL’s catalog, rather this is an appreciation of who she is as a person, who also happened to be First Lady of the United States. The essays are from students and from working professionals in different fields: fashion, literature, arts and entertainment, social and political activists.There is a commonality to their perceptions and expectations about the First Lady, as so This collection of seventeen essays is not intended to be a biography of Michelle Obama, many of which can be found here in LAPL’s catalog, rather this is an appreciation of who she is as a person, who also happened to be First Lady of the United States. The essays are from students and from working professionals in different fields: fashion, literature, arts and entertainment, social and political activists.There is a commonality to their perceptions and expectations about the First Lady, as some recall being apprehensive or nervous visiting the White House, and meeting her. What comes through is that she is a loving, protective, supportive and encouraging mother; a professional lawyer who came from a working class family that was hard working; she is an enabler, especially for girls and women; and encourages healthful living through better eating and exercise. As a modern woman she made her own mark on style, fashion, entertaining, and on domestic and international events. She brought the professionalism of her working life to this position, but she also brought who she is as a person: focused, serious, at ease, dignified, outgoing, inclusive in her programs and her actions. There is also an unselfconscious, mischievous woman, which was evident in some of her public activities: mom-dancing with Jimmy Fallon, singing with James Corden, leading exercises on the White House lawn and encouraging others to participate.Among those who wrote essays are the following: fashion designer Jason Wu, who was asked to dress the new First Lady, and submitted several sketches, not knowing until the inaugural ball that his dress was the one worn by Mrs.Obama; journalist and author Jon Meacham's insight, “... Mrs. Obama, a clear-eyed lawyer, found a way to withstand the scrutiny of the spotlight. To borrow a phrase from William Faulkner, she not only endured it: she prevailed over it."; for ninth-grader Laua Camacho, who lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn, Michelle Obama's modest early life is an inspiration to do well in school, and look to a future where a young girl can see endless possibilities.Not only in 2016, but in years past women have campaigned to run for President of the United States. Most presidential wives may have supported their husbands' work, however it is doubtful that any woman has cajoled her husband into running for President so that she could be First Lady. In modern times it is a position that mostly has been a burden because every woman has been so intensively watched and scrutinized. "Perhaps this First Lady was watched more than any others, because her husband was “the first” African American President." Michelle Obama proceeded to live her life, and led by example, which exemplifies a woman who lives by the courage of her convictions.Reviewed by Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library
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  • Maria
    January 1, 1970
    This collection of essays showcases Michelle Obama, not by her title, but by the amazing human being that she is that gave us eight great years in which we got to see her grow, transform, and revitalize not just the image of the White House but us, as a nation, us a people as we too grew, transformed and revitalized with her.This collection showcases Michelle's facets from the eyes of the people who wrote them, whether they get to meet her in person or not, and all showcase the warm, intelligent This collection of essays showcases Michelle Obama, not by her title, but by the amazing human being that she is that gave us eight great years in which we got to see her grow, transform, and revitalize not just the image of the White House but us, as a nation, us a people as we too grew, transformed and revitalized with her.This collection showcases Michelle's facets from the eyes of the people who wrote them, whether they get to meet her in person or not, and all showcase the warm, intelligent, caring individual that I gladly called my First Lady for eight years and find myself missing every day as Cecile Richards stated in her essay "She was the voice of our better angels-a role she never asked for, but one she stepped into with grace and humility."
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  • Jeimy
    January 1, 1970
    Lovely odes to the one of the country’s most beloved first lady.
  • Shelli
    January 1, 1970
    Courage Is Contagious: And Other Reasons to Be Grateful for Michelle Obama is a sweet little volume of essays from mostly (but not only) women, spanning the spectrum of personal fame, each with a varying degree of connection to the former First Lady – from actresses and activists to authors and fashionistas – all of whom describe in short chapters the snapshots of Mrs. Obama's life they'd gotten to see, and how each encounter influenced and inspired them. It was both fascinating and heartwarmi Courage Is Contagious: And Other Reasons to Be Grateful for Michelle Obama is a sweet little volume of essays from mostly (but not only) women, spanning the spectrum of personal fame, each with a varying degree of connection to the former First Lady – from actresses and activists to authors and fashionistas – all of whom describe in short chapters the snapshots of Mrs. Obama's life they'd gotten to see, and how each encounter influenced and inspired them. It was both fascinating and heartwarming to read such vivid and accurate descriptions of Michelle's most subtle and ethereal mannerisms and gestures, how she invites and welcomes with only a few words and a warm smile, how she manages to simultaneously exude both humility as well as complete self-assuredness. Unfortunately, most of the stories were very similar in tone and content, and in the ways and reasons that their authors valued and revered Michelle. Frankly, the two most original and pleasantly surprising essays were by eighth graders; I got the feeling from them more than any of the other authors that they were truly writing what was in their hearts, as opposed to what they thought they should be saying, what they should sound like. And therefore, it was these two young ladies who most successfully captured the spirit of what we love about Michelle Obama – the courage to unselfconsciously and unapologetically march to the beat of their own drum, with skill, grace, and dignity. A great gift for any Michelle Obama fan, and/or young women from Millennials down through higher-grade middle schoolers. 3.5 stars.I received an Advanced Readers Edition of this title via Goodreads Giveaways courtesy of the publisher in return for my honest review.
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  • Ruby
    January 1, 1970
    Alice Waters: "The food from the garden became a metaphor for the values of the First Couple, from welcoming guests to helping neighbors in need."Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: "All over America, black women were still, their eyes watching a form of God, because she represented their image writ large in the world."Janet Mock: "Her gift was her ability to address the truth of the matter, and I always believed her-probably because she was not a politician, because she was doing unpaid labor, because sh Alice Waters: "The food from the garden became a metaphor for the values of the First Couple, from welcoming guests to helping neighbors in need."Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: "All over America, black women were still, their eyes watching a form of God, because she represented their image writ large in the world."Janet Mock: "Her gift was her ability to address the truth of the matter, and I always believed her-probably because she was not a politician, because she was doing unpaid labor, because she was investing her talents in a country that had often made her feel as if she would never measure up, never truly belong simply because she was a black woman."Jason Wu: "She has a comforting spirit about her, and she makes you feel included, listened to, and important. That's part of her strength and her legacy: As smart and inspirational as she is, she is also completely relatable."Cecile Richards: "She's smart, fiercely independent, and determined to chase her dreams. She worked hard to pursue opportunities in her own life, then reached back to hold the door open for all the women who would come after."Adasendis De La Cruz (9th grader): "I only care what certain people say, among them Michelle Obama, who taught me that it's not just okay-but right-to pursue your dreams."Charlamagne tha God: "She was as visible as anyone on TV, and she presented an entirely different model for black women. No matter what the setting, Michelle always acted with poise. We never saw her slip up. Not once. Thanks to her influence, black women I know, including my daughters, felt more empowered."Gloria Steinem: "After a decade under a public microscope, she has managed what no other first lady-and few people in any public position-have succeeded in doing: She has lived a public life without sacrificing her privacy and authenticity."
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  • Jenny Slorach
    January 1, 1970
    A true celebration of an incredible woman. Highlights include moving essays from two high school students who grew up knowing only the Obamas in office. Not all of the authors added fresh and interesting perspectives to the collection (do we really care how Michelle Obama has affected Anna Wintour? I know I don’t).
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  • Lara
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderful tribute to Michelle Obama!"For me, a foreign-raised person who likes America, one of its greatest curiosities is this: that those who have the most reason for dissent are those least allowed dissent." - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie"Things happen that are beyond our control, but we have a choice to give up or to keep fighting. Life is like a boxing match. It's not about how hard you hit. It's about how many times you can take a hit and get back up." - Adasendis De La Cruz"Like so many of A wonderful tribute to Michelle Obama!"For me, a foreign-raised person who likes America, one of its greatest curiosities is this: that those who have the most reason for dissent are those least allowed dissent." - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie"Things happen that are beyond our control, but we have a choice to give up or to keep fighting. Life is like a boxing match. It's not about how hard you hit. It's about how many times you can take a hit and get back up." - Adasendis De La Cruz"Like so many of the people I work alongside, I grew up fearful that if I were truly myself, I would be met with closed doors. Michelle Obama guaranteed that the doors to the White House, and all that they implied, would remain open. She made it clear that when she, as a black woman, entered that historic space, she may have been the first to be let in, but that it was her duty to ensure that she would not be the last." - Janet Mock"She confronted hate and vitriol with poise and honesty, and reminded us all that it was never about her - it was about deep-seated racism, sexism, and bias. It was about the naked hostility too many women, particularly women of color, face every single day." - Cecile Richards"We will never have a democracy until we have democratic families and a society without the invented categories of both race and gender. Michelle Obama may have changed history in the most powerful way - by example." - Gloria Steinem"When they go low, we go high." - Michelle Obama
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  • Kristin MB
    January 1, 1970
    The essays in this collection are from people have had the privilege of meeting or otherwise of being inspired and positively affected by Michelle Obama. They were somewhat uneven, as may be expected from many non-writers, but I thought the collection overall did a good job of capturing the special and truly inspiring woman Michelle Obama is. Because each person was writing from their own perspective, there was a lot of repetition but perhaps that goes to show that these were universally admired The essays in this collection are from people have had the privilege of meeting or otherwise of being inspired and positively affected by Michelle Obama. They were somewhat uneven, as may be expected from many non-writers, but I thought the collection overall did a good job of capturing the special and truly inspiring woman Michelle Obama is. Because each person was writing from their own perspective, there was a lot of repetition but perhaps that goes to show that these were universally admired qualities about the former First Lady. I especially enjoyed the essays from two 9th graders that were included, but overall I felt that many of the essays didn't elicit the strong positive emotions that I feel when I think of her. I am not sure why. The words were there, but sometimes they felt too impersonal which is odd, because they were written from individual perspectives. Maybe I just love my former first lady too much, and nothing written would ever be able to capture her essence and fill the void that formed when her husband left office. As unrealistic as that may be, I guess that was what I really wanted. Excuse me as I grieve some more
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  • Katy
    January 1, 1970
    I received my copy free through Goodreads Giveaways. My copy is an uncorrected ARC, so a couple of chapters are blank.I loved the chapter written by Adasendis and Laura (8th graders) for who Michelle Obama was a role model of working hard and doing better. Gloria Steinem wrote, "We will never have a democracy until we have democratic families and a society without the invented categories of both race and gender. Michelle Obama may have changed history in the most powerful way -- by example."Whet I received my copy free through Goodreads Giveaways. My copy is an uncorrected ARC, so a couple of chapters are blank.I loved the chapter written by Adasendis and Laura (8th graders) for who Michelle Obama was a role model of working hard and doing better. Gloria Steinem wrote, "We will never have a democracy until we have democratic families and a society without the invented categories of both race and gender. Michelle Obama may have changed history in the most powerful way -- by example."Whether one liked or hated President Obama's policies while in office, one cannot but be impressed with what Michelle has accomplished by example and hard work."You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it's important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages." -- Michelle Obama
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  • Jess
    January 1, 1970
    This is an extraordinarily quick read that’ll bring some tears in the current political climate. But I loved it.
  • Dehlia
    January 1, 1970
    The stories were very short, but sweet. Made me long for the Obama administration...
  • Joanna Taylor Stone
    January 1, 1970
    Well that was a nice little bright spot.
  • ariesdollface
    January 1, 1970
    NOTE: I received this book free through the Goodreads First Reads program.I still remember how I felt when I first read “To the First Lady with Love,” the 2016 New York Times article that serves as the inspiration for this book. The original contributions of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Gloria Steinem, Jon Meacham, and Rashida Jones were powerful testaments to Michelle Obama’s style, grace, intellect, influence, work, and purpose. Some pieces lyrical and deeply personal, others cerebral and reflect NOTE: I received this book free through the Goodreads First Reads program.I still remember how I felt when I first read “To the First Lady with Love,” the 2016 New York Times article that serves as the inspiration for this book. The original contributions of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Gloria Steinem, Jon Meacham, and Rashida Jones were powerful testaments to Michelle Obama’s style, grace, intellect, influence, work, and purpose. Some pieces lyrical and deeply personal, others cerebral and reflective, all were moving. It was a beautiful public declaration of admiration for the First Lady that gave voice to so many things I admired about Mrs. Obama. So, I was extremely excited to win and read Courage is Contagious. Sadly, the ARC that I read suggests the best of the book remains in the original article. The good:The original pieces. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s contribution in particular remains poignant, powerful, and serves to provoke a sentimental and emotional response. The lead piece of the article, it is the crowning jewel of the book. The artwork of Joana Avilla. Avilla’s artwork, which graces each of the book’s sections, evoke a growing season. From germination to fruition, it is both a glorious homage to Mrs. Obama’s community garden and representative of the evolution of a First Lady. Additionally, it is a shining example of art as a unifying element to a written anthological work. I wish the editor would have taken the artist’s lead and allowed the illustrations of progression to order the book.The bad:Editing. This critique comes with the caveat that I have read only an uncorrected proof. That said, the problem here is far more substantive than grammatical errors or missing articles (TK). There seems to have been a complete lack of direction given to the book’s contributors. The rules which governed an article comprised of four contributors do not work in a book length version that adds 15 more. There is a great degree of repetition in the pieces, a constant reiteration of facts that many readers will know prior to opening the book (the First Lady planted a community garden, for instance). For those who do not, the facts are repeated so often as to quickly render the book mundane. This lack of guidance was a disservice to both the contributors and readers. The Forward. First, there are far too many parentheses. I imagine the final edit will correct this flaw. Second, given the problems inherent in Sheryl Sandberg’s concept of “leaning in” in general as well as the attacks Michelle Obama confronted from the concept’s strictest adherents in particular, I found Lena Dunham’s deliberate effort to position Michelle Obama as the feminist model of “leaning in” not only annoying but disrespectful. The underrepresentation of Black men as contributors. I can just hear critics of this point scream “Why does someone always have to bring up race?” To that, I roll my eyes and disregard disingenuous exasperation and rage because, let's face it, Michelle Obama was one half of the first black couple to occupy the White House as President and First Lady; the other half was, of course, a black man. Yet, Courage is Contagious offers the sole contribution of Charlamagne tha God. Certainly this book could have benefited from the reflections of one or two more of any number of influential African American men. Ta-Nehisi Coates, Marc Lamont Hill, Jesse Williams, Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Kendrick Lamar, Michael Render (aka, Killer Mike), and Damon Young come readily to mind; there are many, many others. Courage is Contagious held such promise; unfortunately, it falls far short of its full potential. To capture the idea’s spirit, read the article. 2/5-3
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  • Sara Mantia
    January 1, 1970
    Talk about having an ideal book to always have by your side to remind you of such a wonderful human being. This book is a love letter to First Lady Michelle Obama by people that were closest to her and just by people that had day to day interactions with her. The general theme from almost everyone's insight stresses just how strong, brave, kind and graceful she is. I grew up on the South Side of Chicago not very far from where Michelle was born and raised so naturally I already worship her but I Talk about having an ideal book to always have by your side to remind you of such a wonderful human being. This book is a love letter to First Lady Michelle Obama by people that were closest to her and just by people that had day to day interactions with her. The general theme from almost everyone's insight stresses just how strong, brave, kind and graceful she is. I grew up on the South Side of Chicago not very far from where Michelle was born and raised so naturally I already worship her but I am so grateful for this book. A book that will constantly be at my reach for me to pick up and thumb through when I need a reminder to hold my head high or am in need of inspiration. Or just when I am wondering to myself "What Would Michelle Obama Do?".
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  • Jeanie
    January 1, 1970
    I have nothing but love and respect for the greatest first lady since Eleanor Roosevelt. Michelle Obama has shown all men and women what it is to be wholly respectful, unique, empowered, & enlightened.Mrs. Obama showed us how to live your life leaving what you inherited, better when you leave. Her involvement with Veterans, health of children, a pro garden movement to encourage healthful eating and knowledge, a movement to get children and adults to move more; may seem like very motherly thi I have nothing but love and respect for the greatest first lady since Eleanor Roosevelt. Michelle Obama has shown all men and women what it is to be wholly respectful, unique, empowered, & enlightened.Mrs. Obama showed us how to live your life leaving what you inherited, better when you leave. Her involvement with Veterans, health of children, a pro garden movement to encourage healthful eating and knowledge, a movement to get children and adults to move more; may seem like very motherly things to stand behind. But remember She is a Princeton, Harvard educated Lawyer, who was running a Hospital before her husband became president.Michelle brought style, grace, pride of race, intelligence, compassion, lazer focus on important issues and still was a wonderful mother, wife, daughter, and the Best First Lady I have ever witnessed in my 61 years.
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  • Maggie Mattmiller
    January 1, 1970
    Love paying homage to the wonderful woman who is Michelle Obama, but this didn't quite do it for me. Definitely some nice sentiments, but it just didn't feel like enough, or significant. I guess I needed more.
  • Stephanie Moran
    January 1, 1970
    Short little book of short essays on the impact Michelle Obama has had on various people - there are two ninth grade girl submissions and the rest are authors, activists or entertainers.Although I felt her husband let us down in the end, I still admire Michelle Obama. In some ways, I feel like she would have been better as President. I loved how she truly tried to change the quality of food for our children and how passionate she was about it. I gave this 3 stars because, to me the foreward was Short little book of short essays on the impact Michelle Obama has had on various people - there are two ninth grade girl submissions and the rest are authors, activists or entertainers.Although I felt her husband let us down in the end, I still admire Michelle Obama. In some ways, I feel like she would have been better as President. I loved how she truly tried to change the quality of food for our children and how passionate she was about it. I gave this 3 stars because, to me the foreward was annoying, there was repetition across some of the essays (it's fine, but I wonder why the editor didn't pick different essays that weren't so similar), and the fact that people continued to compare her to Hillary. Michelle was so much more than Hillary.In the foreward, Lena Dunham states that Michelle's "intellect and opinions" weren't "used in service" of her "husband's goals." Dunham states that Roosevelt and Clinton did just that, and this is why Obama is above them. Dunham must not know much about Eleanor Roosevelt and I feel her commitment to community and the people is much similar to what Michelle Obama conveys. Also, sorry, but Michelle did support and speak up in support of ACA (this is one example I remember). ACA is a great idea - but didn't go far enough in making a positive impact for all Americans, and in fact raised insurance premiums and still gave insurance companies a lot of control. If Michelle had come out and supported but criticized the weaknesses, then I would be able to see this point of view - but she didn't. I think the foreward would have have been more impactful if there weren't so many flaws.The important thing about this book is the diversity that the Obama's allowed to flourish and be accepted. They did this by hosting events to make people of differences feel welcome. It seems that Michelle was behind a lot of that and I have much respect for that. I found the 9th grader essays most impactful, I especially liked the one by Laura Camacho.To me this is a short sweet little read, but I would have enjoyed more essays that were moving. I also really liked the illustrations.
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  • Olivia
    January 1, 1970
    3.5. stars. This is a heartwarming and uplifting collection of small essays answering the question, "Why are you grateful for Michelle Obama?" Respondents include famous actors, writers, designers, and activists, as well as two young girls. They touched on the example that Michelle Obama has set, the initiatives she has taken under her wing, and the symbolism of her presence in the White House. I enjoyed the pieces presented by Gabourey Sidibe, Charlamagne Tha God, and Jason Wu, but felt that ma 3.5. stars. This is a heartwarming and uplifting collection of small essays answering the question, "Why are you grateful for Michelle Obama?" Respondents include famous actors, writers, designers, and activists, as well as two young girls. They touched on the example that Michelle Obama has set, the initiatives she has taken under her wing, and the symbolism of her presence in the White House. I enjoyed the pieces presented by Gabourey Sidibe, Charlamagne Tha God, and Jason Wu, but felt that many of the others were repetitive ("When they go low, we go high" was said a number of times). The diversity of the voices included could have led to essays with more oomph, but they were just a bit formulaic. In fact, as a couple other reviewers have mentioned, the two essays written by young girls were easily the most compelling. Adasendis De La Cruz is a young Latina girl who wants more than anything to be a boxer, but has to overcome the barriers of her gender and her neighborhood. Laura Kimacho is from Brooklyn and found her voice to speak about injustices through reading countless books as she was growing up. These were essays that did not focus on Michelle Obama and her choice of clothing, her Let's Move program, or something else, but showed that Michelle Obama has an influence that extends beyond meet-and-greets and silly jokes. She is showing the next generation of girls, especially girls of color, that they can be anything they want to be - a sentiment frequently expressed to children, but which previously may not have been as true for families of color.
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  • Jo Young Switzer
    January 1, 1970
    This book was one of several that my husband gave me for my birthday. It is a collection of very short essays (scarcely long enough to be called essays) that people who know Michelle Obama wrote about Michelle Obama. The choice of writers reflected the rich diversity in our nation. We heard from old people and young people. We heard from authors, activists, and style writers. Their impressions were simultaneously diverse and stunningly similar. They celebrated Michelle Obama's intelligence, roun This book was one of several that my husband gave me for my birthday. It is a collection of very short essays (scarcely long enough to be called essays) that people who know Michelle Obama wrote about Michelle Obama. The choice of writers reflected the rich diversity in our nation. We heard from old people and young people. We heard from authors, activists, and style writers. Their impressions were simultaneously diverse and stunningly similar. They celebrated Michelle Obama's intelligence, roundedness, confidence (including the confidence to celebrate fashion and style), courage (to plant a garden and would clearly succeed or not), and warmth. In the book, Michelle Obama's strength and wisdom were celebrated in ways that can encourage and empower readers to reflect on their own ways of problem-solving and impression-managing. I admired Michelle Obama since I first learned of her, and this book is like a celebration of the many things about her that are worth celebrating. This is a focused, short, energizing book.
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  • Paula Seabright
    January 1, 1970
    Don't get me wrong. I love Michelle Obama. One of, or perhaps the highlight of my adult life was attending s luncheon with my son at the White House and having our picture taken with her. The opening essay by Lena Dunham should have served as a warning that the collection of "essays" I was about to read wouldn't be great. The ones penned by celebrities were very repetitive and probably served only to keep the author somehow ingratiated to Mrs. Obama. Barf. The best essay was written by ninth gra Don't get me wrong. I love Michelle Obama. One of, or perhaps the highlight of my adult life was attending s luncheon with my son at the White House and having our picture taken with her. The opening essay by Lena Dunham should have served as a warning that the collection of "essays" I was about to read wouldn't be great. The ones penned by celebrities were very repetitive and probably served only to keep the author somehow ingratiated to Mrs. Obama. Barf. The best essay was written by ninth grader Adasendis De La Cruz who suffered the humiliation of being allowed to attend a special program only to have that privilege stripped away because the people at the program assumed she didn't qualify for the free program because she was too "professional" and poised. No. She didn't get back in. She took the poise and grace she learned from observing Michelle Obama and started her own program in her own school. I wish I had read more about this book before I bought it. Now how to get the hour of my life back that I put into reading this?
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    The 2016 election pulled many of us out of our private political closets, as issues and words could not be overlooked, accepted, or ignored. Although I'd had no opposition to the Obamas, the sharp contrast now became apparent, and I was drawn to their calm strength and compassion for others. Each time I heard Michelle Obama speak, my respect and admiration grew. This small book of essays about her impact on the lives of others from differing backgrounds, cultures, and ages was a good way for me The 2016 election pulled many of us out of our private political closets, as issues and words could not be overlooked, accepted, or ignored. Although I'd had no opposition to the Obamas, the sharp contrast now became apparent, and I was drawn to their calm strength and compassion for others. Each time I heard Michelle Obama speak, my respect and admiration grew. This small book of essays about her impact on the lives of others from differing backgrounds, cultures, and ages was a good way for me to get to know her better. She has been a role model, example, and inspiration to so many. We see a woman who loves her family and her country and wants everyone to live with dignity, respect, and justice. As First Lady, she had the courage to be herself in spite of harsh criticism and stand firm for her convictions. We would do well to follow her example. Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaways for this uplifting book.
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  • Veronica Rivera
    January 1, 1970
    Super quick read at 102 pages, can easily be read in one sitting. This book is a collection of essays of the impact of Michelle Obama had on other people while she was first lady of the United States of America. These essays are an extension of an article first published by T magazine that came out in the last months of her stay in the White house. Overall you see the power of influence that one person can have when she became "the first" but you also see the humility that she brought foward. Sh Super quick read at 102 pages, can easily be read in one sitting. This book is a collection of essays of the impact of Michelle Obama had on other people while she was first lady of the United States of America. These essays are an extension of an article first published by T magazine that came out in the last months of her stay in the White house. Overall you see the power of influence that one person can have when she became "the first" but you also see the humility that she brought foward. She did not have easy but regardless she stayed above the fray, and became a leader well before her marriage. Great stories overall again I would recommend beginning with those that you know and work your around to learn about the different ways that she influenced not only the author but others across the country.
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  • JoDeanne Francis
    January 1, 1970
    Originally I planned to give this book two stars but because it’s about Michelle Obama...I couldn’t. I enjoyed this book because of some of the personal accounts of experiences with Michelle Obama, the stories of how she inspired others, and snippets of who she was. I think this book made me love her more as I was inspired by the love of others in this book. With that said, only a few essays really moved me...it was definitely a variety of voices but, I wish some of these voices were included or Originally I planned to give this book two stars but because it’s about Michelle Obama...I couldn’t. I enjoyed this book because of some of the personal accounts of experiences with Michelle Obama, the stories of how she inspired others, and snippets of who she was. I think this book made me love her more as I was inspired by the love of others in this book. With that said, only a few essays really moved me...it was definitely a variety of voices but, I wish some of these voices were included or were exchanged for others. Some essays left much to be desired and truly probably could be said in a paragraph rather than a few pages. Sigh, if this book had more essays like Chimamanda’s...it’d be 5 stars pretty easily. Great beginning essays, enjoyed Janet Mock as well.
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  • Jan Olsson
    January 1, 1970
    Nick Haramis in the Introduction to this book writes "Each of us knew who Mrs. Obama was from the moment we were introduced to her. She hasn't changed. What she changed was us, encouraging us to lead better lives and teaching us to be better people through her example". "Michelle Obama will have her own legacy, separate from her husband's. And it will be that she was the First Lady to show women that they don't have to choose. Nth at it's okay to be everything".What a great example she has left Nick Haramis in the Introduction to this book writes "Each of us knew who Mrs. Obama was from the moment we were introduced to her. She hasn't changed. What she changed was us, encouraging us to lead better lives and teaching us to be better people through her example". "Michelle Obama will have her own legacy, separate from her husband's. And it will be that she was the First Lady to show women that they don't have to choose. Nth at it's okay to be everything".What a great example she has left for everyone and what a great role model for so many. I just love her and all the good she has done for this country.
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  • Barbara Lovejoy
    January 1, 1970
    I am always taken aback when someone makes the comment that Michelle Obama did not love America. A good friend recently made this comment. Therefore, I wanted to read some books about Michelle that showed her love for America. This book was one that I found. In the book I was reminded of a couple of Michelle Obama's quotes that I really like: 1) "When they go low, we go high, and 2) "I wake up every morning in a house build by slaves." Whether you are a Democrat, a Republican, or an Independent I am always taken aback when someone makes the comment that Michelle Obama did not love America. A good friend recently made this comment. Therefore, I wanted to read some books about Michelle that showed her love for America. This book was one that I found. In the book I was reminded of a couple of Michelle Obama's quotes that I really like: 1) "When they go low, we go high, and 2) "I wake up every morning in a house build by slaves." Whether you are a Democrat, a Republican, or an Independent (or a man or a woman), I believe Michelle Obama has much to teach, not just about being a First Lady, but about being a person. She is an incredible woman.
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