Becoming

Becoming

eBook - 2018
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"An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States. When she was a little girl, Michelle Robinson's world was the South Side of Chicago, where she and her brother, Craig, shared a bedroom in their family's upstairs apartment and played catch in the park, and where her parents, Fraser and Marian Robinson, raised her to be outspoken and unafraid. But life soon look her much further afield, from the halls of Princeton, where she learned for the first time what if felt like to be the only black woman in a room, to the glassy office tower where she worked as a high-powered corporate lawyer--and where, one summer morning, a law student named Barack Obama appeared in her office and upended all her carefully made plans. Here, for the first time, Michelle Obama describes the early years of her marriage as she struggles to balance her work and family with her husband's fast-moving political career. She takes us inside their private debate over whether he should make a run for the presidency and her subsequent role as a popular but oft-criticized figure during his campaign. Narrating with grace, good humor, and uncommon candor, she provides a vivid, behind-the-scenes account of her family's history-making launch into the global limelight as well as their life inside the White House over eight momentous years--as she comes to know her country and her country comes to know her. [This book] takes us through modest Iowa kitchens and ballrooms at Buckingham Palace, through moments of heart-stopping grief and profound resilience, bringing us deep into the soul of a singular, groundbreaking figure in history as she strives to live authentically, marshaling her personal strength and voice in service of a set of higher ideals. In telling her story with honesty and boldness, she issues a challenge to the rest of us: Who are we and who do we want to become?"--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : Crown, 2018
ISBN: 9781524763152
1524763152
Branch Call Number: OverDrive eBooks
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 426 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (chiefly color)

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bookie66
Jan 19, 2019

A wonderful story. A truly special woman.

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fran_cine
Jan 17, 2019

I can understand why this is a best seller, exceeding in sales. I loved her well-planned, inspiring, and real memoir stories which were simple and yet profound, as the intelligent, loved, first class lady. 5 stars.

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bibliomum
Jan 15, 2019

When I grow up I want to be Michelle Obama. What a phenomenal woman!

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veg4life
Jan 14, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Michelle Obama's honesty and openness made her life come alive in a refreshing way. I have always wondered what life as a parent in the White House would be like. She was honest about her personality and shared her flaws, her process of growth, and her strengths in her various roles. After reading this, I appreciate those who enter public life with all of its challenges and disappointments even more, especially when they do so with the aim of improving whatever they can. A big thank you to the Obama's!

Thanks also to the Seattle library for providing this as a Peak Pick. How nice not to have to wait to read this wonderful book!

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val1
Jan 10, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her audiobook. I found that I was binge-listening to it, looking forward to each chapter as it went along! I totally give it a 5-star review!

DBRL_ReginaF Jan 10, 2019

I admire her so much, especially considering that she never wanted a political life.

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AnneCarolineDrake
Jan 10, 2019

I was very much looking forward to this book. It was a huge disappointment and filled with self-absorbed, tedious, boring detail that isn't terribly informative except for the bits about Chicago's late mayor Harold Washington.

Since I'm from Chicago and was around when Michelle launched her legal career, I was shocked that her Sidley & Austin mentor Jewel LaFontante wasn't mentioned. Jewel opened ALL the doors Michelle sailed through, and her son raised the money which allowed Barack to become president.

I did come away from the book with elevated respect for her parents.

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Indoorcamping
Jan 01, 2019

This is such a good, unbelievably heart-warming, sweet, tender story that it made me just plain sad. Someone could be so incredible, so determined, so full of grit, to overcome obstacles, like her husband, to become someone so successful seems impossible. How many other Michelle Obamas are there out there that we'll never get to enjoy?

I have to admit I could not finish this book. Life kept interrupting. By that I mean, her husband isn't president. Instead, some other guy is undoing lots of the good the Obamas did and it was just too much going from the beautiful hope in this book to the hopelessness that is happening outside of it.

Maybe I'll return to it when we return to a country that doesn't lock up little kids.

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pokano
Dec 30, 2018

The voice of our First Lady, Michelle Obama, comes through loud and clear in this engaging memoir. Beginning with her childhood in the Southside of Chicago and ending with the inauguration of her husband's successor, Mrs. Obama lets the reader into her world as she saw it. While her husband's activities as a community organizer have been well known for some time, we discover that after deciding that the practice of law was not for her, she too became engaged in her community through the University of Chicago as well as a Chicago medical center. She was never particularly interested in politics and forcefully rejects any idea that she should ever run for office, but was selfless enough to agree to her husband's following through on his political ambitions. Many women (including me) will see parts of themselves in her story. Highly recommended.

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wrtrchk
Dec 29, 2018

I always wanted to be a fly on the wall when President Obama told Mrs. Obama that he wanted to run for President of the United States, and this book has allowed me into her personal thoughts and concerns on the matter. Becoming is an honest and thought provoking look into the life of a strong educated woman, and mother who happened to be one of our country's most graceful and influential first ladies. I loved it and appreciated its timeliness and Mrs. Obama's inspirational love for the U.S., community, education, children, and of course, her husband.

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