An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States
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In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.
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With her witty, insightful memoir, Michelle Obama proves that she’s a masterful storyteller. She begins her story with a poignant reflection on her post–White House life, before reflecting back on her early years in a working-class family on Chicago’s South Side. With honesty, warmth, and wisdom, Obama talks about her early challenges as a black woman lawyer and her decision to have children via in vitro fertilization. There’s also plenty of affectionate dish about her husband. Her unselfconscious narration drives home her inspiring relatability, convincing us that we could be friends with Michelle. (But we’re also content for her to remain a role model and a source of hope.)
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Michelle Obama is absolutely everything I hope to one day become.
This book is captivating and to be able to hear her voice as she tells her story is miraculous (*this is my very first audiobook). First Lady Obama speaks with such elegance. I have the hardcopy coming from Barnes and Noble and honestly everyone on my Christmas list this year, will be receiving a copy of this book. Powerful. Spectacular. Relatable. Brilliant. Thank you, First Lady Obama, thank you for showing me what a leader who exudes class looks like.
I’m not sure who she thinks she is.
She’s awful full of herself. Her husband took us from bombing two countries to bombing seven. I don’t understand what makes this read worthy. Maybe the details about her lavish vacations that she wanted to impart?
Real & Empowering
Thank you Mrs. Obama for sharing your life with us. I love, love, love this audiobook because you opened the door and allowed us to understand your journey and get to truly know you. This is so empowering and I’m 54. I can’t wait to talk about this book over Thanksgiving dinner with my 27 and 30 year old daughters. You have empowered young woman everywhere. Thanks for keeping it real.