Hello, here we are for another book review!
This last week I was reading or I would rather say listening to Michelle Obama’s autobiography entitled Becoming. The audio book was recorded by Michelle Obama herself; it was so enjoyable hearing her read in her voice.
“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.” Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama is one of the most famous women in the world. She has been famed for being the first African American first lady of the united states of America. Apart from being Barack Obama’s wife, who is Michelle? Through the book you get to know her as a daughter, a sister, a friend, a mother but most importantly as just Michelle Robinson. She takes us into her life journey from childhood up to when she moved out of the white house.
The book is divided into 3 sections:
1.Becoming me: In this first part of the book, Michelle Obama mostly talks of her family and education background. She actually comes from very humble beginnings. She was born and raised in south side of Chicago. Her father went to work while her mother stayed home. She has only one sibling, an older brother whom they are very close. Craig and Michelle had the coolest parents, with them they talked about everything: for instance, earlier in their childhood, they had started discussing about uncomfortable subjects such as sex and drugs. Michelle’s Mother used to say ‘’ I am not raising babies; I am raising adults”. Academically, Michelle believes much in education: in college she went to Princeton and later to Harvard law school.
2.Becoming us: This is the most interesting part (at least to me). She talks of things I was very curious to know when I started reading this book, one of them is “how did Michelle meet Barack?” It is a quite amazing story. Michelle worked for a law firm and Barrack came as an intern, then Michelle was assigned to be his mentor. For their first meeting Barack was late! Michelle says that she wasn’t interested by him at the beginning it was even worse when she found out that Barrack smokes. As they got to know each other Michelle fell in love with the visionary man she discovered in him. Days later, they started dating. After some years Barrack proposed to Michelle and she of course accepted, having no idea she was saying yes to being the future first lady of the world’s most powerful country. In this part she talks a lot about Barack, it is so wonderful to see barrack through the eyes of Michelle.
She also mentions things most women can relate to, like how she struggled with getting pregnant. She talks of her miscarriage and IVF treatment. I loved how with the verb <getting pregnant> she used “we” instead of “I”: “we were trying to get pregnant “
Mothers can easily understand when she tells how she struggled with balancing family and work life, after she had given birth to Malia and Sasha. She felt like she was doing things half well.
3.Becoming more: This is where we see Michelle as first lady. Though She reveals that she is not naturally interested in politics, she has done a great job as a politician. She had assumed her role with grace and humility. She worked on different projects, which one of them was about decreasing the rate of obesity in children by encouraging healthy nutrition. To set an example, she started a garden at the white house. Up to now she still is a committed health advocate. She also made the white house more accessible for children to visit, she used to organize spoken word evenings at white house.
Becoming is a phenomenal read. The writing style is impeccable. It is so thrilling to hear an iconic person as Michelle telling her story in a poetical manner: showing her qualities as well as her flaws, mixing with some humors and moments of vulnerability.
Though she has faced some challenges as black and/or female, I can’t say that Michelle had a difficult life or has met with many obstacles on her way, she is just an ordinary person who find herself on an extraordinary journey. However, what makes Michelle special is her humility, she is so down to earth. Many people admires her for that, I also do because it is not everyone who manages to stay grounded after having spent 8 years in the white house. she remembered where she came from and as she tells in the book for every door that has been open to her, she tried to open her door to others.
If you sometimes feel retained back by your background, if you want to read an inspiring biography or if you simply love The Obamas, make BECOMING your next read.
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