Becoming by Michelle ObamaAn intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.
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.
Becoming Reader’s Guide
And such is Michelle Mania that last month, she stole the show from the biggest stars in music by making a surprise appearance at the Grammy awards. Hillary Clinton, of course, became a dominant political figure in the Democratic party, a senator, a secretary of state and a two-time presidential candidate. But Michelle Obama is also now carving a niche as a hyper-prominent former first lady and her post-White House career is probably only beginning. Becoming, published in November, sold more than 1. According to CNN, it was the most-sold book on Amazon across all formats for 47 consecutive days, the longest streak of any book since the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey in Recently, challengers have briefly knocked it off top spot, but this week it was back at No 1 on the non-fiction list.
Share: Share on Facebook. Add to Cart. In sharing my story, I hope to help create space for other stories and other voices, to widen the pathway for who belongs and why. Obama begins her book with a story about making cheese toast on a quiet night at home, a few months after leaving the White House. Why do you think she chose this story to begin her memoir? Robinson is the opposite of a helicopter parent.
Michelle Obama tells London school she still has impostor syndrome
The former first lady is a woman capable of muddying your stance on things you stood firmly against. First on the list is the very concept of a first lady. Just think about this. For feminists, or anyone frankly with a 21st-century grasp of gender equality, it is a highly troublesome concept. It is a position that involves a woman — no matter the glorious complexity, glittering accomplishment or human drama of her prior life — being shoehorned into a role that is, by definition, about the man to whom she is married. First ladies both feed into, and reflect, our patriarchal values, and so, in this world still so intolerant of female domination, making their husbands look good inevitably involves diminishing themselves, and a decoupling from their own achievements, so as not to outshine the president. Obama is both the ultimate first lady and has also, which is the second issue, been folded into a narrative of the American dream.
The tensions between these two desires animate the body of fiction and nonfiction about the private lives of women and mothers. She makes and remakes her relationship to both throughout her adult life. But she also details the rather more modest creation of a stable domestic life. The book as a whole, however, represents a different moment, and announces her ambition to tell her story in her own way. Having devoted herself to strategically remaking the office of First Lady, through such initiatives as the White House garden and Let Girls Learn, she now reflects on what she has done and who else she might want to become.
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