Happy Friday everyone! This past weekend, I had the ABSOLUTE PLEASURE and once in a lifetime experience of going to Washington D.C. to hear my forever #FLOTUS speak about her autobiography, Becoming. If you’ve never heard her speak in person, I’ll be the first to tell you that the former (really, forever) first lady of the United States is hilarious, witty, and thoughtful. I won’t even insult her by mentioning how intelligent, inspiring and driven she is because I think we all know that. 🙂 I started reading Becoming before going to hear her speak, but I’m ALL THE MORE excited to finish it and review it for you guys now that I’ve had the experience of hearing her tell her story in her own words in person. WHEW! Beyonce who?? Mrs. Michelle Obama is my forever inspiration and role model! Here’s how her book begins:
When I was a kid, my aspirations were simple. I wanted a dog. I wanted a house that had stairs in it–two floors for one family. I wanted, for some reason, a four-door station wagon instead of the two-door Buick that was my father’s pride and joy. I used to tell people that when I grew up, I was going to be a pediatrician. Why? Because I loved being around little kids and I quickly learned that it was a pleasing answer for adults to hear. Oh, a doctor! What a good choice! In those days, I wore pigtails and bossed my older brother around and manged, always and no matter what, to get As at school. I was ambitious though I didn’t exactly know what I was shooting for. Now I think it’s one of the most useless questions an adult can ask a child–What do you want to be when you grow up? As if growing up is finite. As if at some point you become something and that’s the end.
I spent much of my childhood listening to the sound of striving. It came in the form of bad music, or at least amateur music, coming up through the floorboards of my bedroom–the plink plink plink of students sitting downstairs at my great-aunt Robbie’s piano, slowly and imperfectly learn their scales. My family lived in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago, in a tidy brick bungalow that belonged to Robbie and her husband, Terry. My parents rented an apartment on the second floor, while Robbie and Terry lived on the first. Robbie was my mother’s aunt and had been generous to her over many years, but to me she was kind of a terror.
I’m well into this book now, but not yet finished. Michelle Obama’s voice within these pages is introspective and humorous, shining a light on a “black American story” as she put it at her book tour talk. It is the story that the media doesn’t often talk about–the story of a loving black family with a two-parent household who surround their children with love and encouragement and push them to truly follow their dreams. I look forward to finishing this PHENOMENAL book that has started out a 5 star read from the very first pages! What do you think of her opening in Becoming and have you read it/do you plan to read it?
Hardcover, 426 pagesPublished November 13th 2018 by Crown
An 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.
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