What I Read Last Week: Becoming

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Becoming by Michelle Obama

SYNPOSIS: 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.

MY THOUGHTS: This memoir was so beautifully written by Michelle Obama. Becoming was raw and genuine and when Michelle spoke about losing her loved ones, even left me in tears. This book left me feeling so inspired and powerful. Michelle touches upon topics that are vulnerable and deep, but they are also topics that aren’t discussed as often as they should be. As I’m not well versed with American politics, I found some parts of the book a little slower to navigate. I relished the personal behind-the-scenes stories such as all the intricacies of living in the White House, getting used to the round the clock protection of the Secret Service agents, the effect Barack’s presidency had on her 2 young girls while growing up under the spotlight and all the projects she worked on to make the world a better place for those who are under privileged and less fortunate. She also talks about race and is not afraid to go into detail about her upbringing in South Side of Chicago. I stopped and sticky noted many lines throughout the book that struck a chord with me and I can’t wait to go back and re-read!

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Becoming by Michelle Obama

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Written by Grace Yeung
Edited by Eden Yeung



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