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(Audio) Book Thoughts: Becoming (Michelle Obama)

Obama, Michelle - Becoming

★★★★★★☆

Title: Becoming
Author: Michelle Obama
Genre: Non-Fiction/Autobiography   Pages: 464 (19 hours)
First published: 2018
Edition: Audio

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

I am not going to get into politics in this review, because I could fill a book with my thoughts on the state of affairs in both the US and the UK. However, whilst listening to this autobiography I could not help realise the huge chasm between the current US presidency and the previous one.

Michelle Obama speaks about her life eloquently and with a witty intelligence that I cannot help but admire. She takes us through her childhood in Chicago, her time at Princeton and Harvard and into her professional career. Here is woman, who made something of herself, because she had the courage to strive for something better, but also because she had a family who helped her strive.

I have a soft spot for the Obamas, and Michelle especially. I have always seen her as a great example for women all over the world, no matter their backgrounds, simply because Michelle Obama has class and grace in abundance and knows how to motivate others to feel worth it. Her autobiography definitely reflects this.

She takes us through Barack Obama’s life seen through her eyes, from the moment they met at a law office, the falling in love and through his political career and his presidency. She talks about the impact of his career on her own and on their family life. It was a great insight into a very protected life, one that she maybe had never envisioned or even wanted.

What shines is Michelle’s empathy for others and understanding of different classes and situations. Growing up working class, she knows what it is like to be at the bottom of the food chain. She is astutely aware of her privilige and communicates this very well.

There were bits that were a bit drawn out and did not quite hold my attention, but overall I really enjoyed my time with Michelle Obama.

In short, after having listened to this book I have even more respect for this lady. I would highly recommend the audio book.

6 out of 7

 

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