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Michelle Obama

Author of Becoming

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About the Author

Michelle Robinson was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 17, 1964. She studied sociology and African-American studies at Princeton University. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1988, she joined the Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin, where she met her husband Barack Obama. After a few show more years, she would rather be working with people to serve their communities and their neighbors. She served as assistant commissioner of planning and development in Chicago's City Hall before becoming the founding executive director of the Chicago chapter of Public Allies. In 1996, she joined the University of Chicago as Associate Dean of Student Services. Her husband became President of the United States in 2009. In February 2010, she launched Let's Move!, a nationwide initiative to address the epidemic of childhood obesity by bringing healthier food into schools and communities, and encouraging children to be more active. Her first book, American Grown, was published in 2012. Her next book Becoming came out in 2018 and immediatley hit the bestseller list. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Joyce N. Boghosian, White House photographer February 18, 2009

Works by Michelle Obama

Associated Works

Waffles + Mochi: Follow That Food! (2021) — Introduction, some editions — 31 copies
Rustin [2023 film] (2023) — Executive producer — 1 copy
American Dirt, Becoming (2020) — Contributor — 1 copy
A Promised Land, Becoming (2020) — Contributor — 1 copy


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It is a warm, powerful, and inspirational chronicle by the former First Lady of the United States. Perfection.
Huba.Library | 339 other reviews | Feb 22, 2024 |
Enlightening book from a very intelligent, humble, relatable, reflective woman about what it's like to be at the center of the political world as First Lady while also trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy as a parent, wife and professional. Lengthy, well-written and chock full of anecdotes about the Obama family.
eg4209 | 339 other reviews | Jan 27, 2024 |
Michelle is just lovely. I enjoyed Becoming a little more, but The Light We Carry is still a great read
rosenmemily | 20 other reviews | Jan 7, 2024 |
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I picked this book up way behind the curve. However, I can not tell you how much I enjoyed it. In Becoming, First Lady Michelle Obama, not only gives us a detailed look into the night of the November 4th, 2008 Presidential election, but she steps back in time after the introduction and gives us layers of her personal life from childhood to puberty and from puberty to adulthood. We walk the blocks of Euclid Avenue on the Southside of Chicago. We meet her parents Marian and Fraser Robinson, and her elder brother Craig, as well as extended family members, like her Uncle “Southside,” who introduces Michelle to jazz and Motown artists such as, Stevie Wonder. We would return to Michelle’s small house that was shared with her great Aunt who taught her piano. We would feel Michelle’s angsts from her first piano recital to her big decision to fight to get into Princeton.

Early on, we could tell that the young Michelle Robinson, who was filled with curious questions, would grow up to be an intelligent and independent woman. Without question, you could foresee her breaking White House traditions as First Lady, not disrespectfully, but in a way that awakened a new dawn and era. She gives women who are trying to live their dreams hope that dreams are possible. That you can fall in love have a job and be successful all with a smile on your face.

Socially, it seems Michelle chose her friends and boyfriends as wisely as she chose her career. She never lowered her standards. Her every move seemed calculated and driven by a checklist until she met Barack Obama. Obama was a man who helped Michelle to relax her shoulders, have some ice cream, and breathe and appreciate the spontaneity of life. He also helped her to find her true passion in order to discover genuine happiness.

In this book, Michelle lays out a plate of honesty that spills over human imperfections that we all contend with on the day-to-day basis. She didn't hide her flaws or pretend to be someone she is not. Thus, my favorite quote is: “Barack and I told our stories and shared our stories because too often people focus on stats. Stats do not tell us who people are.” It is therefore not surprising that Michelle and Barack Obama won the 2018 Most Admired People, despite not being in office anymore. People feel connected to public figures who are honest, compassionate, forgiving, and sincere.

I hope this book shows much more many people you can become anything you want as long as you do it 100% for yourself. Five starts across the board.
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b00kdarling87 | 339 other reviews | Jan 7, 2024 |



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