Book review: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Becoming by Michelle Obama
Rating: ★★★★★
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Publication Date: November 13, 2018
Source: Borrowed

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. 

Failure is a feeling long before it becomes an actual result. It’s vulnerability that breeds with self-doubt and then is escalated, often deliberately, by fear.

I love the Obamas. When I saw that Michelle had written a book, I knew that I absolutely had to read it. I put a hold on it at my library, fully expecting to wait months, and was shocked when the hold came in only a couple weeks later. This book was so good. I got the audiobook from my library and I really think that the narration made the book that much better.

If you’re expecting a book about politics, that’s not what you’re going to get. Sure, there’s some politics in there. It would be impossible for a book written by a former First Lady to not include some politics. But, more than anything, this is a book about growing up poor in Chicago and ending up in the White House. This book is inspiring.

I’m going to keep my review short because I don’t even know what I can say about this book. I loved it and I think it really shows the more human side of the Obamas. I’ll end with this quote that I really loved and that really hit me:

I don’t recall when or exactly how it happened. It was just an articulation, tender and meaningful, of the thing that had caught us both by surprise. Even though we’d known each other only a couple of months, even though it was kind of impractical, we were in love. But now we had to navigate the more than 900 miles that would separate us.


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