1. Author: Michelle Obama
  2. Release: 13th November 2018
  3. Pages: 426
  4. Genre: Memoir, Biography, Non-Fiction
  5. Publisher: The Crown Publishing/ Penguin Random House
  6. Language: English
  7. Good Reads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38746485-becoming?ac=1&from_search=true

Blurb

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.

Review

Becoming is a memoir of the former First Lady of United States of America. Michelle Obama pens down a powerful and inspiring journey of the first black lady to live in the White House. I hope my book review helps you know why you should definitely pick up Becoming by Michelle Obama. She talks about her humble and grounded beginnings in the South Side of Chicago. She was very well aware of the social short comings she would face due to the color of her skin and not belonging to a financially affluent background. She, therefore, worked very hard from the very first day of her school. Her unbeatable ambition, dedication and competitive spirit took her to many privileged places.

Even though she was in so many situations where she could have been easily dominated and silenced, her level headedness and ability to take a stand for herself truly sets her apart. But most importantly, after getting best of education from Ivy league, a well paid job and a promise of comfortable future, she knew what was much more valuable. Inspired by her visionary husband, she wanted to make a change in the world. She wanted to make an impact by using the privileges that her position bought. Her support for various charities working for military families, education of females and healthier food for children have created ripples of change which will be felt for coming years.

Her ability to stay grounded and know what truly matters touched one too many hearts and her passion and zeal for life inspired many.

Final Thoughts

The most powerful and impressionable part of the book for me personally was to see what an amazing, powerful, fearless, confident yet humble woman Michelle Obama is. She is not afraid to take a stand for herself, her dignity and her values and she fiercely protects her family. In the world where women are taught to speak softly and align their career goals according to that of their potential marriage and husbands, Michelle Obama sets unique example of how to create your own identity and individuality while also being a supportive spouse. Highly recommend to all.

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