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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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The first thing that struck me when I was partway into the book is how her background and h ...more
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 ...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 ...more
I was in a book shop last week and while browsing overheard two ladies discussing " ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
If you don't like Michelle Obama, though, you're going to write a snarky one-star review complaining that she criticizes Donald ...more
“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 ...more
Release Date: Nov. 13 2018
I generally respect Michelle Obama and he ...more
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 ...more
This was such a great read. Engrossing from the beginning, it was so interesting to hear her life story; from her childhood and the life she had before she met Barack, to the person she became with him, and to the life they built together with their children and within the Whitehouse. Their love and respect for each other is just so awe inspiring.
Although I already knew it, this book proved she was everything she po ...more
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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 ...more