Becoming by Michelle Obama

Book Review #280

Title: Becoming

Author: Michelle Obama

Publisher: Crown

Genres: Non Fiction, Biography

Format: Audiobook

Publication Date: November 13, 2018

Pages: 426Related image

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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.

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I would firstly like to clarify that this is my first written review for a non-fiction memoir/biography book so if you find anything lacking, I apologise in advance.

This is a very real book about a public figure’s life—the former first lady, Michelle Obama. It tells about her experiences firsthand and it felt like getting into a glimpse of someone who is so out of reach and slowly I could understand a bit of why she is the way she is. As a woman of color who is living in America, she is inescapable from other’s critisms, undermining, prejudices when no one deserves to be treated that way. She has accomplished so much and has proven to everyone that if she will fight for something or someone, she will not let go and will not even take anyone’s bullshit up to face value. That is definitely a quality that I admire so much about her.

The book spans from her childhood to leaving the white house and back to a semi normal life of her own, away from the public eye. Honestly, I wanted to hear more of what she had to go through and deal with throughout being the first lady, her difficulties, her passion and her progress throughout it all. But, as I completed reading her story, I felt like she had a way more interesting life even before then. She was already someone so passionate with both her work and her loved ones. She wasn’t perfect and flawless per say and a ton of problems that stumble into her life but I see her as someone with the exact definition of remaining to be resilient, consistent and lovable. What is there not to love about her and not to look up upon her? She is a really great woman and I completely understand why women all over the world view her as their role model.

This is all in all a very interesting and a knowledgeable read but I honestly am not sure if I will ever pick up another nonfiction book in the near future. As I’m sure that there are other great nonfiction books out there that I have yet to read, I’ll stick to fiction because I love it way too much. But will I recommend this book for someone seeking for this kind of read? I absolutely will!

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