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426 pages, Hardcover
First published November 13, 2018
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.
Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States, quickly became one of the most iconic women of the White House.
Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.
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.
It hurts to live after someone has died. It just does. It can hurt to walk down a hallway or open the fridge...You look at something you’d otherwise find beautiful—a purple sky at sunset or a playground full of kids—and it only somehow deepens the loss. Grief is so lonely this way.And we get to follow along as she met Barrack Obama, a junior lawyer, and what it was like dating (and eventually marrying) the future president.
Time, as far as my father was concerned, was a gift you gave to other people.Oh my gosh. People. This was perfect.
At fifty-four, I am still in progress, and I hope that I always will be.YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads
Whatever was coming next, this was a story we could own.What an extraordinary and formidable undertaking it must have been, to be the one standing next to the first black President of the United States. And it was made all the more so because Michelle Obama was scrutinized and held to a bar far higher than any previous First Lady. And yet, she came through it with grace, intelligence, and humor, and in the process, inspired an entire generation of women and people of color, including me.
“I was a full-time mother and wife now, albeit a wife with a cause and a mother who wanted to guard her kids against getting swallowed by that cause.”
“Barack looked out at the audience and into the TV cameras, and as if kick-starting some internal engine, he just smiled and began to roll. He spoke for seventeen minutes that night, explaining who he was and where he came from.”
“The media response to Barack’s speech was hyperbolic. “I’ve just seen the first black president,” Chris Matthews declared to his fellow commentators on NBC.”