Becoming
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.

Becoming Details

TitleBecoming
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 13th, 2018
PublisherCrown
ISBN-139781524763138
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Politics

Becoming Review

  • Sarah Jessica Parker
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • Kai
    January 1, 1970
    MICHELLE MY HEARTthis is going to be good
  • Stephanie L (catteabooks)
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Elyse Walters
    January 1, 1970
    Audiobook read by Michelle ObamaFor 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 ObamaFor 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”.....lolI 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!
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  • SHOOKITHA TEA
    January 1, 1970
    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
  • Chrissie
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I miss you and your husband so much
  • Eric Anderson
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • alex
    January 1, 1970
    omg omg omg
  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    "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.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    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. If you don't like Michelle Obama, 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 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. If you don't like Michelle Obama, 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. I don't think I've ever read a political memoir before, but this was a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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  • Holli
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Leigh Kramer
    January 1, 1970
    HERE FOR THIS.
  • Dee's Books
    January 1, 1970
    A must read-- Michelle Obama's memoir, "Becoming" will hold you while you breathe in her moving story and literally become stuck in her words as they resonate a vivid profile of a strong African-American woman who has a heart of gold with very strong values and character. This book is more than her being an iconic FLOTUS, it's about her entire life: her hopes, dreams, life lessons, etc. ! I will not give spoilers but know this-- this memoir will have you repeating certain passages as mantra to l A must read-- Michelle Obama's memoir, "Becoming" will hold you while you breathe in her moving story and literally become stuck in her words as they resonate a vivid profile of a strong African-American woman who has a heart of gold with very strong values and character. This book is more than her being an iconic FLOTUS, it's about her entire life: her hopes, dreams, life lessons, etc. ! I will not give spoilers but know this-- this memoir will have you repeating certain passages as mantra to live by and evening "who knew shockers" to the WHITE HOUSE. If ever there was a book that makes you laugh, cry and even feel Obama's worth as a person, this one is it! So people read "Becoming" and become inspired! 5 plus ALL-ENCOMPASSING STARS! *****
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  • Jerrika
    January 1, 1970
    Chiiiiiilld the reviews from those who haven't read the book but already don't like it!? LOL, one even said "How unbecoming of a former first lady" or something along those lines completely ignoring the fact that MOST former first ladies write memoirs starting with Eleanor Roosevelt. Lawd the ignorance runs deep in some people. Anyway, I've always been a Michelle stan so she's finna get these 5 stars. The book is a classic memoir, written in the same way as ANY OTHER MEMOIR on shelves. If you li Chiiiiiilld the reviews from those who haven't read the book but already don't like it!? LOL, one even said "How unbecoming of a former first lady" or something along those lines completely ignoring the fact that MOST former first ladies write memoirs starting with Eleanor Roosevelt. Lawd the ignorance runs deep in some people. Anyway, I've always been a Michelle stan so she's finna get these 5 stars. The book is a classic memoir, written in the same way as ANY OTHER MEMOIR on shelves. If you like the former first lady, you will enjoy this book.16% Done: I love love love her back story. It's one everyone can relate too.33% Done: Queue the tears57% Done: Shots fired! Mich didn't come to play with us. There have been many instances in the reading of this book that proves how real she is. Michelle didn't come from a family of politics and wealth. She is literally us. There are pages when I think, "that's exactly what I thought when he announced" or "so did my auntie!". Bravo Mrs. Obama, bravoOmg! I laughed, cried, applauded and understood. This book was glorious. Simple and honest and GLORIOUS <3
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  • Allyson Stallman
    January 1, 1970
    Could. Not. Put. Down. You really are pulled into the writing, to the point that you really feel as if you’re sitting in front of her listening to her tell you about her remarkable life. The give-and-take of her marriage to Barack, the trials of IVF, the joy (and pain) of parenthood to their life in politics in Chicago and onward to the White House (a place Michelle never thought Barack would end up!). Finally to the epilogue where we find Michelle pondering life after the White House and her ho Could. Not. Put. Down. You really are pulled into the writing, to the point that you really feel as if you’re sitting in front of her listening to her tell you about her remarkable life. The give-and-take of her marriage to Barack, the trials of IVF, the joy (and pain) of parenthood to their life in politics in Chicago and onward to the White House (a place Michelle never thought Barack would end up!). Finally to the epilogue where we find Michelle pondering life after the White House and her hopes and dreams for the future: hers, ours and our country’s. While some thoughts are dedicated to Trump and life in the reality of a Trump presidency, all hope is not lost on the spirit and endurance of the human, the American spirit to want and to do good - which kept with the overall uplifting tone of the book. Michelle rightly doesn’t have to be so welcoming to the reader, but we are better off for her candor and I find no parts of the book that felt forced or fake. We not only learn about her life, we learn about the importance of diversity and compassion: for others and for self and family, something I am certain will continue on with both her and Barack’s life Post-White House. This is a read I highly recommend.
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  • Jerry
    January 1, 1970
    Michelle Obama comes from a unique position that only 45 women have ever known. But even more unique, of course, is that she is the first First Lady of color, and in that respect she is in a class of her own. This was an enlightening book and very well written by a brilliant lawyer and mother and wife. The book is inspirational and uplifting. I definitely recommend.
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  • Diego
    January 1, 1970
    Es la primera vez en toda mi vida que anticipo un libro. De verdad. No espero a que salga!!!!
  • Katy
    January 1, 1970
    What an insightful, honest, and graceful memoir from an amazing woman.
  • Ariel
    January 1, 1970
    After eight years with confident, witty, unfailingly graceful Michelle Obama - First Lady of the United States, it was a great experience getting to know Michelle Obama - The Person. As a black woman, I've been in some of the places she found herself and I hope that when I reflect on my own life at 54, I can say I did it with as much courage as she has.
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  • Amie Jackson
    January 1, 1970
    THIS is what I've been waiting for. 😊
  • Sage
    January 1, 1970
    This gorgeous memoir is absolutely stunning. I didn’t think it was possible to love Michelle Obama any more than I do already and then I read this book and just....wow. This made me cry/tear up an embarrassing amount, and also made me laugh out loud a lot too. The way she weaved her narrative together and peppered in anecdotes was masterful, and I loved hearing her talk about her family and daughters, and her relationship with Barack in and out of the White House. 1000000000% would recommend.
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  • Chresann Dsouza
    January 1, 1970
    just can't wait to read this book....we all know it's gonna be fabulous!
  • Brenda Nelson
    January 1, 1970
    Great Read!!I read a lot of negative reviews, but I don’t understand why. I enjoyed reading her story from her perspective. Some parts made me sad; however, I’ll always view Michelle Obama as a role model.
  • Book Addict Shaun
    January 1, 1970
    What a truly remarkable woman and what an amazing book. I highly recommend everybody to read this. I’m not going to pretend to know about politics in the US (I don’t even keep up with them much in the UK) but this book is about so much more than that and is a no holds barred account of the life of a girl from the South Side of Chicago to the First Lady of the United States. I have to say I had no idea about her life or her roots before picking up this book and having finished it I couldn’t admir What a truly remarkable woman and what an amazing book. I highly recommend everybody to read this. I’m not going to pretend to know about politics in the US (I don’t even keep up with them much in the UK) but this book is about so much more than that and is a no holds barred account of the life of a girl from the South Side of Chicago to the First Lady of the United States. I have to say I had no idea about her life or her roots before picking up this book and having finished it I couldn’t admire her any more if I tried. The book is also an insight into life in the White House and what it meant to learn this role that has never really had a defined meaning, that of the First Lady. Anybody who is struggling with identity or their place in the world can take so much from this story. It shows what can be achieved through hard work, education and self-belief even in the face of those who don’t think you can or don’t want you to achieve your dreams. It is a story of falling in love, the struggles of starting a family and then having to make a choice about whether you truly want your husband to run for the most powerful job in the world. I absolutely loved reading about Michelle and Barack Obama meeting and falling in love. Love at first sight it was not, but what a love it went on to be and that has always been clear to see on TV in speeches and the fondness with which they speak about and look at one another. Michelle speaks so openly about everything from miscarriage to marriage counselling and to finding her own happiness and place in the world. She has really poured her heart out here for all to read. What came across throughout the whole story is how ‘normal’ she is. I read her life story and felt much emotion as each chapter drew to a close. This is a story of love, of family and of friendship and what can be achieved through hard work and education. The way she speaks about her family, especially her parents had me almost in tears multiple times. The passion is there in the way Michelle talks and in everything that she believes in. The initiatives that she created, the reasonings behind them and the way in which her and Barack changed the White House and public perceptions was remarkable to read and it was only with dread that I reached the closing chapters as Michelle and Barack realise just what is to come when they leave the White House for its new resident. Becoming is a truly incredible book that should give hope to anybody who reads it and should hopefully make people realise that their story matters, all our stories matters regardless of our colour, gender, sexuality or anything else that makes others perceive us as different to them. It’s left one hell of a lasting impression on me and I’ve since spent hours watching Michelle Obama videos on YouTube because I didn’t want this book to end. Very highly recommended and one of the best books I’ve read this year if not ever.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    The cover of this book was just revealed 🙌🏾🙌🏾
  • Jenifer
    January 1, 1970
    By the time I got to the end of the first page of Michelle Obama's captivating memoir, I knew I was going to spend the whole rest of the day (and night) binge-reading it. Obama steers clear of gossip, scandal, controversy and, for the most part, politics...and still tells a fascinating, inspiring story about her incredible life from her earliest memories to the present. Michelle's writing often reflects her down-to-earth demeanor and sharp sense of humor, but also reveals a great deal of emotion By the time I got to the end of the first page of Michelle Obama's captivating memoir, I knew I was going to spend the whole rest of the day (and night) binge-reading it. Obama steers clear of gossip, scandal, controversy and, for the most part, politics...and still tells a fascinating, inspiring story about her incredible life from her earliest memories to the present. Michelle's writing often reflects her down-to-earth demeanor and sharp sense of humor, but also reveals a great deal of emotion, particularly when she is writing about her family, her values and the vision she shares with her husband for a better future. One of the things I like best about this book is that it welcomes larger conversations-- about family, work-life balance, finding meaningful work, believing in oneself, marriage, motherhood, feminism, race, sacrifice, success, striving--and so much more. I recommend this book to all readers of memoirs and nonfiction in general.
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  • Lois
    January 1, 1970
    This was more relatable than I thought it would be. Michelle is a decade older than me and grew up in Chicago. I grew up in Detroit. Honestly her story at least at the beginning, made her feel like a cousin. Read by the author in her soft and cultured voice. Just beautifully done!
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    This book felt like a warm hug. I listened to the audiobook, and I loved hearing all about Michelle Obama's life, and the experiences that have molded and shaped her. I expected to love hearing about her life as First Lady (and I did), but my very favorite part was when she talked about being a young married woman and mother, and how she balanced her ambition, her husband's ambition, kids, and life generally. I remember people pressuring her to run for president, and her saying that she didn't t This book felt like a warm hug. I listened to the audiobook, and I loved hearing all about Michelle Obama's life, and the experiences that have molded and shaped her. I expected to love hearing about her life as First Lady (and I did), but my very favorite part was when she talked about being a young married woman and mother, and how she balanced her ambition, her husband's ambition, kids, and life generally. I remember people pressuring her to run for president, and her saying that she didn't think the general public understood what kind of sacrifice it was for a president's family members, and that stuck with me, because I really hadn't considered that before. Hearing about how she tried to create a sense of normalcy for her kids (despite living in the White House being anything but normal) was so refreshing. I also loved hearing what she was doing (and thinking) during the 2016 election. There was so much about her story that I identified with, and I admire her grit, poise, and wisdom. I already miss having her story in my ears!
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