Becoming by Michelle Obama

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MichelleObamaIn 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.

This is a powerfully written memoir by the United States former First Lady, She was the first African American to serve in this role. She writes with tremendous insight and sensitivity. Her memoir is divided into three sections Becoming Me, Becoming Us, Becoming More.

Becoming Me details Michelle Obama's family and it is also a portrayal of the city of Chicago in the late 1960s to 1980s with reflections on race, class, and how these played out in her experience of the education system. She cites education as the key to how she got to where she is today. Michelle talks about her childhood and her mother's important role. Her mother was tough and had high expectations for her children, she said, 'her goal was to put us out into the world she offered guidelines rather than rules. She expected them to solve their problems and learn from their mistakes.'

Becoming Us is the most revealing part of the book. She talks about her relationship with Barack and how their friendship turned into romance and then marriage. She talks about her struggles trying to balance career and family, about the problems in their marriage, and how they had to attend couple counselling, and how both her daughters were conceived through IVF. She talks about the importance of having girl pals and narrates how her pals supported her.

Becoming More is a story of hope. Michelle was sure her husband didn't stand a chance of being elected President. She gave him her blessing and support. She was worried about racial tension in the country. 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.

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I found this book to be a refreshingly honest and fascinating insight into the many decisions, challenges and events in her life. Submitted by Geraldine in Drumcondra Library.

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