Becoming by Michelle Obama

n 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, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing 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.

INSPIRATION on every page!

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Politics aside, Michelle O is a classic. Her story is real, authentic and funny. I can see her with her girls and husband and Mom in the Whitehouse navigating their new lives.

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I’m the first born child of a first born child...driven and fond of checking tasks and accomplishments off lists. I’ve also on more than one occasion in my life found myself in a job or relationship that met my accomplishment ‘list’ but didn’t fulfill my soul. This book reminded me that we are constantly learning, growing and becoming...and if I’m brave enough I can get off a path that doesn’t suit me anytime I want or need to and go in a different direction even as I (gulp) approach middle age. Powerful stuff!

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Michelle Obama's novel, "Becoming", is one of the most influential memoirs I've read so far. The book is touching, relatable, inspiring, and at times funny. Ms. Obama will inspire you to choose empathy instead of apathy, and to take action in the face of injustice. She influences the reader to choose optimism because in her words, it is "a force that's larger and more potent than any one election, leader, or news story." It is "a form of faith, an antidote to fear."

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The book has gotten a ton of hype... but it totally lives up to it! Michelle is a great storyteller and a very thoughtful writer. This book is a look at her life as a wife, mother and working professional. There were so moments where I audibly said "YES" reading a passage about motherhood, or empathized with her struggles. Some parts even left me thinking differently about something based on a story or perspective she shared. Highly recommend it—no matter your politics.

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Her intelligence, grace and strength will always inspire me. This book has earned a place in my 'forever' collection.

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Beautifully written and inspirational. Highly highly highly recommend!

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Great read by an amazing woman !

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I listened to Michelle Obama narrate her life on audio book and was completely mesmerized. It took me two weeks, but the end I felt like Michelle and I were BFF's'... we had laughed, cried and helped each other through motherhood. I was sad when it ended.

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