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4.65  ·  Rating details ·  174,058 ratings  ·  21,735 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 426 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by Crown
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Paula I loved her interview with Stephen Colbert, when she said: "It is lazy and easy to lead by fear, it is harder to lead with hope." The gap between the…moreI loved her interview with Stephen Colbert, when she said: "It is lazy and easy to lead by fear, it is harder to lead with hope." The gap between the Obamas and the current administration could not be more striking. I miss their intelligence, dignity, humor and humanness every day. (less)
Gina This is her biography. So it is about Michelle Obama and not a comprehensive look at all African American woman activists. You can read the summary…moreThis is her biography. So it is about Michelle Obama and not a comprehensive look at all African American woman activists. You can read the summary just like any of us and it describes a basic political biography/memoir of Michelle. (less)

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Emily May
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Sarah Jessica Parker
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.
Feb 25, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: owned


this is going to be good
Angela M
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t think I could admire and respect former First Lady Michelle Obama any more than I already did. For eight years she graced our country with her presence, her intellect, her caring. We never had to ask because it is obvious in everything she says and does that she does care. Without a doubt, she cares more than anything about her family, but also cares deeply about this country. Then I read this book, an eloquent memoir, strikingly honest and as inspiring as I suspected it would be. I fel ...more
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
I understand the hype!

I didn't know much about Michelle Obama nor her husband. This book absolutely humanized them and show me how much they care about others. The contrast with the actual political situation is blatant.

Elyse Walters
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook read by Michelle Obama

For 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
Larry H
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"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
Navidad Thélamour
I just finished this PHENOMENAL book–seriously, probably THE best autobiography I’ve ever laid my hands on! It’s now in vogue–the coolest new trend–for people to write a book about their lives, and I respect that trend for allowing us to read more TRUE, REAL stories about REAL people. BUT, Becoming is the first autobiography I’ve ever felt I’ve truly connected with, learned from and became a better person for having read it. Within these pages, I both saw myself and re-found myself within Michel ...more
Stephanie L (catteabooks)
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.
4.5 stars!!

I’ve had Becoming pre-ordered since I saw it was coming out. I was so excited to read it. Per my Amazon account, I purchased The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama in early 2007. When I read this book, I was moved and hoped this man would be president one day. When I was in my early 20’s, I volunteered for his 2008 campaign. My point is, I’ve always loved the Obamas, but I never knew much about Michelle. After reading this book, I feel like I know so much more. Her story is inspiring, f
Susanne  Strong
5 Extremely Poignant Stars for “Becoming”

When I think of Michelle Obama, the words that come to mind are: Grace Personified.

She exemplifies all of the qualities I admire most: beauty, elegance, honor, kindness, intelligence and dignity. To say that I miss the Obamas is an understatement.

Going into this read, I knew I would be emotional. Truth be told, that didn’t begin to describe my reaction to hearing Michelle Obama’s words, her thoughts and learning about her, a good portion of which I’m a
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, politics
Thank you, Michelle Obama, for all you've done.
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Becoming is a memoir of a famous person, Michelle Obama, the first black First Lady in the United States who lived with her husband, President Barack Obama, and their two daughters, Malia and Sacha in the White House for eight years. During that time, alongside taking care of her family, Michelle Obama managed to accomplish four major initiatives as First Lady to help improve people’s lives and well-being.

The first thing that struck me when I was partway into the book is how her background and h
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook

While I admit to being a reading fiend when it comes to politics, as some will no doubt have realised, I also find much pleasure in learning about people through biographies and memoirs. Knowing full well that I would be swept up in the wave that surrounded the recent release of Michelle Obama’s memoirs, I vowed to take some time to read them, partially to offset some of the alarming pieces about current events in DC. Obama seeks not to define herself as FLOTUS (First Lady of the Uni
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Becoming like Michelle Obama herself, is both eloquent and relatable. She talks about becoming her, becoming us, and finally, becoming more.

As most of us know by now, Michelle is from Chicago, grew up with loving and supportive parents, attended Princeton followed by Harvard for law school, then began her position as an associate at the prestigious law firm of Sidley Austin, where she eventually met Barack.

My favorite section of the book was by far, Becoming Us, in which Michelle describes mee
Nov 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
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.
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Becoming by Michelle Obama is a captivating and compelling read, narrated by Michelle Obama herself makes this a moving, deeply personal and intimate story which is inspirational and insightful. Michelle Obama comes across as a very intelligent and grounded lady who knows what she wants from life and not afraid to stand up for what she believes in. I think her time in the While house was well spent and admirable

I was in a book shop last week and while browsing overheard two ladies discussing "
Theresa Alan
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found this fast-paced, interesting, and touching. Also, heartbreaking to be painfully reminded of having once had a thoughtful, ethical president and first lady, and the vindictive, misogynist, racist disaster who doesn’t read that we have now.

Michelle wrote about how guilty she felt for putting out secret service agents and people driving in New York City so she and Barack could have a rare date night together. Now we have a president who doesn’t mind squandering 3.6 million taxpayer dollars
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming, is a refreshingly honest and fascinating insight into the major decisions, challenges and events in her life. This left me with even more respect and admiration for her and Barak. It provides wonderful coverage of her thinking and actions through life, from childhood to lawyer, to wife and mother, and to First Lady.

Michelle’s background in the South Shore neighbourhood in Chicago is openly chronicled to the reader and shows a person shaped by her hardwo
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have loved Barack Obama since I watched his speech at the Democratic Convention in 2004.... but, I never really knew much about Michelle.
Michelle came from humble beginnings, surrounded by loving parents, brother and extended family on the South Side of Chicago. She always strived to do her best and she became very highly educated.
There were so many things I was surprised by ...I was brought to tears a few times and laughed quite a bit also.
I am so happy that I chose the audiobook.. loved list
Nov 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Just to be up front, I voted for Barack in both 2008 and 2012, I’m male, not white, a naturally born citizen who generally vote Democrat. Since this book was written by a somewhat polarizing person I thought being upfront on who I am made sense in todays world of identity politics. Also, I borrowed my friends EPUB and read it on his computer which is why it doesn’t say “verified purchaser” next to my name and the references I have below is from that EPUB.

I generally respect Michelle Obama and he
Hannah Greendale
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Diane S ☔
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2019, lor-2019
I have finally come to enjoy listening to audio books, at least non fiction, fiction not so much. So glad I listened to this one as having it read by Michelle, made it more personal. Plus, she is an excellent reader, loved the tone and clarity of her voice.

I have always admired her down to earth manner, the way she is with her family and that she didn't let being first lady change her priorities. From the beginning of the book, as we meet her family, the way they parented, one could see the pers
Ahmad Sharabiani
Becoming, Michelle Obama
Becoming is the memoir of former United States First Lady Michelle Obama published in 2018. The book talks about her roots and how she found her voice, as well as her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother. The book's 24 chapters (plus a preface and epilogue) are divided into three sections: Becoming Me, Becoming Us, and Becoming More.

Become Me, traces Obama's early life growing up on the South Side of Chicago, through her education
Jessica Jeffers
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 without betraying her signature line: "When they go low, we go high." This isn't a book full of gossip or meant to tear her enemies down. It's simply an uplifting look at a remarkable woman's remarkable life.

If you don't like Michelle Obama, though, you're going to write a snarky one-star review complaining that she criticizes Donald
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Michelle Obama AKA our lord and saviour AKA an actual INSPIRATION!
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
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to start off my 2019 reading with a book that would be uplifting and hopeful for a better new year, so I of course picked Michelle "when they go low, we go high" Obama's book. I'm totally giving this 5, absolutely biased, stars. #sorrynotsorry

What is there to say about a woman who empowers others, supports children, is a dynamic force for change, has boundless empathy, and manages to be realistic but not cynical? She's the kind of person I aspire to be, though I would never personally w
Helene Jeppesen
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first read of 2019, and what a beautiful start to my reading year!
“Becoming” by Michelle Obama is one of the better, well-written autobiographies I’ve ever read, which surprises me since I didn’t realize Michelle Obama was that good of a writer. That being said, I didn’t know much about her to begin with, so reading about her childhood and upbringing as well as her Princeton and Harvard educations was eye-opening and engrossing.
I wanted to read this book because who wouldn’t want t
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
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Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is the wife of the forty-fourth President of the United States, Barack Obama, and is the first African-American First Lady of the United States.

She was born and grew up on the South Side of Chicago and graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. After completing her formal education, she returned to Chicago and accepted a position with the law firm
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“Now I think it’s one of the most useless questions an adult can ask a child—What do you want to be when you grow up? As if growing up is finite. As if at some point you become something and that’s the end.” 369 likes
“If you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.” 215 likes
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