Becoming by Michelle Obama
Publisher: Crown (November 13, 2018)
Print Length: 426 pages
Audiobook Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
Audiobook Narrator: Michelle Obama
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.
Michelle Obama’s Becoming is one of those books that deserves, without a doubt, every accolade it has been given. It is a poignant look at childhood, marriage, fertility, politics, and the state of the world. Regardless of if you agree with her ‘politics’ or that of her husband, it is a book that I recommend most fervently.
When I first heard of Becoming I wrestled with the idea of whether or not to read the physical copy or pick up the audiobook, narrated by Obama herself. I eventually would choose the latter, and I am so glad I did. Hearing America’s former First Lady recount everything from piano lessons as a child to her first impression of her eventual husband, Barack Obama, made the book that much more poignant.
She doesn’t shy away from the tough stuff, grappling with the idea of motherhood while also focusing on a rather impressive career was one such topic. Another, which I found particularly intriguing, was Michelle’s take on politics and having her family go from relative obscurity to ‘celebrity’ virtually overnight.
Michelle does a great job at keeping her personal political views close to her chest, making the novel inclusive for whomever decides to pick up the autobiography. However, she can’t help but comment on America’s current political climate, and the leader of its circus, Donald Trump. While I am in agreement with the former FLOTUS disapproval of the new leader, and how he was elected, this may be the one thing that makes the book inaccessible to everyone, due to politics being one of those magical topics that turn us all on one another.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
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