Book Review: Michelle Obama's Becoming

Michelle Obama approaches Becoming with honesty, humility and grace. While the memoir can feel diplomatic, following the former First Lady from the south side of Chicago to the ranks of the Ivy League, and eventually the White House is nothing short of a joy.

Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.

A thoughtful, yet tempered recollection of her life from birth to current day, Mrs. Obama reminds us that the good things in life don’t happen by accident, and that when we feel crushed by the worlds burdens, only fools go it alone. Carried throughout the book are Mrs. Obama’s steadfast beliefs that family is priority, integrity is the linchpin of fruitful relationships and the success of our future lies in empowering the world's next generation of women and girls.

“Do we settle for the world as it is, or do we work for the world as it should be?”

If you want Auntie Michelle to spill all the tea, this book is not that. She does tip out a few drops, but more so tells a story of hard work, perseverance and finding the strength to rise above.


Quote. Unquote.

Excerpts from Becoming

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.

The lesson being that in life you control what you can.

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.

[Y]ou may live in the world as it is, but you can still work to create the world as it should be.

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