Publication date: November 13th, 2018
Source: Times Reads
Page Count: 426
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.
How do I even begin to review one of the greatest books I’ve read, ever?
I have always loved MICHELLE OBAMA’s grace and intellect since her First Lady days. She carries herself with so much poise, that it was a no brainer how the future president of the United States fell in love with her 25 years ago.
Now we are graced with the beautiful existence of Becoming that is Michelle’s own personal memoir growing up in South Side, Chicago and how she repeatedly found her purpose over the years , most notably during her 8-year period as First Lady.
Becoming is the book everyone needs to feel good about themselves, and feel inspired to do more for the world. While it is the memoir of the 44th First Lady of the United States, the way it’s written will make you feel as if every chapter resonates with your life. Every chapter has a story that you will find relatable, and be able to take life lessons for your own.
“If you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”
We’re taken on a journey from Michelle’s humble roots in a middle class working neighbourhood to the halls of Princeton and Harvard, where she later on found work as a corporate lawyer before embracing a career in public service as she raised two daughters. Every milestone in her life had a life lesson and the message is universal: Believe in yourself and the work that you do. Every effort and time invested will bring out valuable results.
Becoming also highlights the amazing group of people that supported Michelle and inspired her to be who she is today. With her parents pushing her to find her voice and use it to her advantage, Michelle proves what the power of believing in someone can do to them. And inspires us all to practice tolerance and kindness when helping others.
“For every door that’s been opened to me, I’ve tried to open my door to others. And here is what I have to say, finally: Let’s invite one another in. Maybe then we can begin to fear less, to make fewer wrong assumptions, to let go of the biases and stereotypes that unnecessarily divide us. Maybe we can better embrace the ways we are the same. It’s not about being perfect. It’s not about where you get yourself in the end. There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there’s grace in being willing to know and hear others. This, for me, is how we become.”
Another favourite part of Becoming is her marriage to Barack Obama. From the beginning, it was clear both individuals were so sure of themselves and what their purpose in life is. Their relationship is a healthy example of two individuals being supportive of one another, knowing that whatever happens, at the end of the day they have one another to fall back on. And that is the kind of relationship to have in mind when you’re finding a potential partner, I believe. With a love that strong, it can achieve many a great thing.
If there is one book I would urge everybody to read, regardless your age, gender and background, it would be Becoming. Read this in your free time, read this when you need a motivational boost in your career, read this when you’re wondering what a healthy marriage looks like. Becoming inspires its readers to own their stories and find their own voice in standing up for themselves and their beliefs. Because if you don’t own your story, what else do you have that’s yours?
“For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.”
Thank you Times Reads for providing a copy in exchange of an honest review.