Hi Reading Ninjas, I love to read autobiographies (as opposed to biographies). I love to hear about a persons life, in their own voice, from their perspective. And no matter your politics, I think you'll really enjoy reading Michelle Obama's
This is her life story (thus far), told by Michelle. She's so much more than the First Lady with great arms. Michelle is a passionate woman who refused to allow her modest beginning define or limit her life. In fact, she fought tooth and nail from a very young age to rise above her situation and become who she was meant to be, destined to be and not who she was expected to be.
There are some funny moments in her history, some tender moments, some confronting, some amusing tidbits about the man who would rule the world and lots of normal, everyday, pull your hair out working mum moments. In short, the woman behind the man is someone who is a great leader in her own right and her husband is almost an 'also ran' in her story, although we all know, a great portion of her recent history revolved around him. What rings out the loudest in Becoming is simply that Michelle Obama is a woman and mum, just like the rest of us, with kids who are sassy and a hubby who doesn't pick up his socks and a life that's just as crazy and individual as each of ours. She's super relatable and tells her own story clearly with tongue in cheek amusement and a who lotta heart. I had tears in my eyes when she talks about the Sandy Hook shooting.
No matter where you sit politically, no matter where in the world you live - Becoming is a book that I think you'll really enjoy and will inspire you to try to become who you were truely meant to be, even if it's simply in a tiny, insignificant to anyone other than you, way.
If poor little Chicago Southside Michelle can become FOTUS, then each of us can take a small step towards becoming the wonderful person we are destined to be...
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, 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.