Becoming by Michelle Obama

Published: November 13, 2018

For something different from my usual book review I read the new autobiography of Michelle Obama. Now I read this book several months ago but as y’all have been noticing (probably) I’m a bit behind on any books that I didn’t receive as an ARC. That being said, I don’t care what your political preference is (at least in this sense) but this book is definitely worth your reading time. I have always thought that Michelle Obama is a real national treasure and this book has solidified those feelings for sure.

The autobiography starts out with her early life on the South Side of Chicago and what it was like to grow up in a solidly middle class household in a neighborhood that was starting to decline. She discusses how her life would have been different if her mother and father didn’t push her to be an overachiever. And having a natural inclination to succeed. That inclination still exists for her today. She then goes on to talk about her father’s disease, the twists and turns that her life has taken thus far, and meeting Barack. The book goes into very personal issue as well. Like the death of her father, her marriage to Barack, having a miscarriage, the ups and downs of being a working mother, and, of course, the seemingly endless campaigning.

What I liked most about this book is that she never once deviated from a goal of empowering women. Especially girls and women of color. She knows the struggle to get where she is today and wants others to have the opportunities she both did and didn’t have. And because I listened to the audiobook it was like she was telling me her life story. Since Michelle narrates the book you know how it all sounds in her head and that is the best part of audiobooks. Y’all will be doing a disservice to yourself if you don’t give this book a chance. Definitely pick it up (even if you don’t normally read autobiographies)!

— #IAmBecoming —

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