My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Becoming is Michelle Obama’s memoir/autobiography, covering her life from childhood through Barak’s terms as President of the United States. It is a simple and powerful book about a woman who has had a somewhat blessed life but remains true to herself and her ideals and convictions.
Michelle Obama comes from a working class family in south Chicago. She talks about her family life with her parents and brother, living upstairs in a house owned by her aunt. Her childhood was framed by family and supported by her parents’ determination that their children would grow up as responsible adults with the strength and ability to make their own way in the world. She attended local schools, and went to law school. She interned with and got a job at a firm in Chicago, and met Barak Obama when he interned at the firm where she worked. She supported his early political career, but kept her own interests alive as well. As First Lady, she put her experience and drive to work on causes she supported, primarily child hunger and nutrition, and women’s rights, areas she continues to pursue today. She was also a devoted mother, who tried as best she could under the glass dome of being First Family, to give their daughters as normal a life as possible, sometimes confounding the Secret Service on the way. She lived in a spotlight for years, but she maintained her poise and grace, and her unfailing pride and conviction in the United States was never dimmed.
Of course, the above is condensed and leaves out a lot of detail, but that’s what the rest of the book is for. It is written in a clear, concise way, with a conversational tone that is easy to read. It is rich in detail, and gives a bit of a deeper insight into the woman who is Michelle Obama. It is easy to read, and held my interest to the end. I recommend it to anyone, but especially those interested in politics, history, and the lives of strong, capable women.
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