Becoming by Michelle Obama
I loved Becoming by Michelle Obama so much I don’t even know where to begin. I’ll start by saying I know how biased I am about the Obamas. I adore them. I miss them. I follow fan pages on Instagram. So, I get it. I probably would have loved the book no matter what. But I have to tell you, this book went so far beyond what I expected from a White House memoir. I’m shocked by how personal this book feels. She uses conversational language so it’s almost like you can hear her voice as you read. She answers all the questions that you want to ask her. What is it like being married to a career politician, Barack Obama, no less? How do you keep your family together during campaigns or the presidency? How does it feel to be in the public eye all the time? How do you protect your young children from the toxic environment which is politics? What does Barack do that annoys you? How do you deal with the harsh criticism that can come your way? She talks about her upbringing, the challenges she faced because of her race, about being a working mother with a husband that is absent most of the time, about marriage counseling, her miscarriage and the struggles to conceive. She talks in depth about how she always wondered if she was good enough, how she is always working to prove that she is and times she was hurt. She talks about her schooling, her career and her struggle to maintain her identity. She goes into great detail about life in the White House, her staff, the chaos of each day, the Secret Service and the initiatives she championed as First Lady. She paints a picture of Barack Obama like only she can. She leaves little tidbits of wisdom throughout and gives her insight about major events that are truly inspiring to read. My favorite thing about the book is that she lays out her path from being a typical black girl from Chicago to being one of the most influential people in the world in such relatable detail. It has left me with a kind of hope that is hard to feel in the current political climate. I highly recommend giving this one a try if you can carve out some time.