For November, the biography I chose was one I’ve been wanting to read since it came out.
What It’s About:
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. She dramatically changed the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and stood 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.
Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations – and whose story inspires us to do the same.
Wow. I’ve always liked Michelle Obama. I’ve always thought she carried herself with both pride and humility. So I started this story already appreciating her. The depths she has climbed, and the work she’s done to better the lives of children and people in all walks of life took my respect for this woman to a whole new level. I think my favorite story while finding her way as First Lady was the vegetable and fruit garden she started.
Reading Becoming gave me insights into what a woman of color had to deal with throughout her life, made me smile at the strong family core she was raised in, and gave me hope for a better future for all.