Book Review: Becoming, by Michelle Obama

Book Review: Becoming, by Michelle Obama
Book Review: Becoming, by Michelle Obama

Becoming isn’t about politics. I do not like or support any politician. I believe that if you want to make a change in the world you are living in, you don’t necessary have to be into politics. I bought a copy of Becoming because I was interested in the personality of Michelle Obama, she seems to be one of those people gifted with a magnetic charisma.

Book Blurb

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.

Book Review

Although I have never been fascinated by memoirs and rarely would I read them, but Becoming is my second one for this year and it’s still only January. The hype about the book was huge and it was the bestselling book for 2018 and I was sceptical about it because it happens far too often where you read a book that is no1 in the charts and to be left disappointed. Well let’s just say that didn’t happen and after only a couple of pages I was captivated by Becoming.

The book is divided into three sections – Becoming Me, Becoming Us and Becoming More.

In the first one Michelle Obama shares details about her parents and the way they had lived in South Chicago. She is honest about the challenges she had met in the early stage of her life. Some readers describe that part as the most intriguing and deep but I find the whole book captivating.

Becoming us is the part where the former first lady met Barack Obama. Their love story is well written and gives us a closer glimpse to their personal life. Here she also shares with us her own thoughts and feelings when her husband confided in her whether to run for president or not and also discussing her role in his presidential campaign.

The third section is about her life as a First Lady and what is like to live as one. Michelle Obama reveals the pros and cons of living in the White House and how their family life had changed so drastically moving from Chicago to Washington DC.

I enjoyed reading this memorial and find it truly inspiring. I would highly recommend it to anyone who would like to know more about her.

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