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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 Americathe first African American to serve in that roleshe 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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Angela M
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didnt 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 felt ...more
Emily May
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Id been lucky to have parents, teachers, and mentors whod 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 changed
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.

Jul 19, 2020 added it
im so glad that i got the audiobook for this back and finally was able to finish all these months later!

michelle obama sharing her experience and dropping nuggets of wisdom into my ear holes for 19 hours straight was just a delightful experience :)
Feb 25, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: owned


this is going to be good
Sarah Jessica Parker
Im 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. ...more
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this!

Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I usually dont rate memoirs but this is a 10/5 Im writing this with tears streaming down my face I am beyond moved!!!! ...more
Nov 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Just to be up front, I voted for Barack in both 2008 and 2012, Im 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 doesnt say verified purchaser next to my name and the references I have below is from that EPUB.

I generally respect Michelle Obama and her
Miranda Reads
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Miranda by: Mimi
Shelves: audiobook

Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.
Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States, quickly became one of the most iconic women of the White House.

In this memoir, she reflects on what her life was like as she was raised on the South Side of Chicago and her roots in her working class family.
Do we settle for the world as it is, or do we work for the world as it should be?
We learn about her college life and her career as a lawyer.

Along the way,
Elyse  Walters
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 its also a great gift to the rest of us.
Nobody else but Michelle could have written this book - its so MICHELLES STORY!
She is gifted in her ability to express her own emotions- write with tremendous insight and sensitivity and from
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 meBill Clinton and Barack Obama. That's not to say that I agreed with everything they did, or that there weren't
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
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm surprised at how much I thoroughly enjoyed this. I was engrossed the whole time and even teared up at some parts. Even when I wasn't reading the book, I was still thinking about Michelle Obama's story. I loved that rather than a rehashed Wiki article of her successes, this was a reflective coming-of-age story that will be inspiring to so many women and people of color who are struggling to find themselves. I loved experiencing Michelle's life alongside her with all her triumphs and ...more
5/5 ⭐

Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺

me: *screaming through a megaphone and a microphone* I LOVE MICHELLE OBAMA SHES MY PRESIDENT

I am not even American LOL but Id still vote for Michelle at pretty much anything to be completely honest.


There is not much I could discuss this book, because everything I could possibly say lays already between the pages of it, so I would make this quick because this is the most important idea of my review: I LOVE MICHELLE OBAMA
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Michelle Obama won spoken-word Grammy from audiobook. Cannot wait to listen from the beginning of her fantastic life journey!

OMG I couldnt put it down! I havent read so many biographies or memoirs for so long but after starting that one I berated myself for procrastinating for so long to get this book into my hands.

It was fascinatingly riveting, intriguing, inspirational, powerful, moving! Its so hard to find role models in our modern world because the appearance, faking, imitation, being
Felice Laverne
I just finished this PHENOMENAL bookseriously, probably THE best autobiography Ive ever laid my hands on! Its now in voguethe coolest new trendfor 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 Ive ever felt Ive 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 Michelle ...more
Jun 13, 2019 added it
This isnt so much a review as it is a tiny opportunity to thank the book gods for all the opportunities reading and books have given me. Getting to meet and share time with Michelle Obama was one of the craziest highlights of my professional life and speeding through this book to finish it in time will always be one of the funniest reading experiences Ive ever had. 🙌 ...more
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Absolutely stunning in every possible way. I hope Michelle is having a good day 😭
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 didnt begin to describe my reaction to hearing Michelle Obamas words, her thoughts and learning about her, a good portion of which Im
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.
4.5 stars!!

Ive 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 20s, I volunteered for his 2008 campaign. My point is, Ive 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,
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 Obamas 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
Cristina Monica
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, politics
Thank you, Michelle Obama, for all you've done.
Michelle Obama Give Me A Hug And Tell Me Everything Is Going To Be Okay 2k19.

One of my greatest wishes is for the entirety of my thought process to be narrated - if not controlled - by Michelle Obama.

But apparently that isnt a thing that can happen, and even if it was itd be creepy and in many ways morally wrong, and seriously Emma how do these ideas even occur to you, its worrying, stop.

So I did the next best thing and listened to this audiobook.


I dont even
Stephanie L
Feb 25, 2018 marked it as to-read
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.
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
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Michelle Obamas 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.

Michelles background in the South Shore neighbourhood in Chicago is openly chronicled to the reader and shows a person shaped by her
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 peoples lives and well-being.

The first thing that struck me when I was partway into the book is how her background and
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Michelle Obama calling Donald Trump a bully in one of the best selling books of the year gave me the strength to get through 2019.

This was wonderful to listen to, Michelle is beautifully eloquent and her way with words was bewitching. I listened to this in the car and at times found myself just sitting in the car outside work/home/wherever just so i could finish listening the chapter.

This book is relatable in all the best ways, incredibly interesting and most importantly, inspiring. I'm fairly
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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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