Becoming

Becoming

Large Print - 2018
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An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States. When she was a little girl, Michelle Robinson's world was the South Side of Chicago, where she and her brother, Craig, shared a bedroom in their family's upstairs apartment and played catch in the park, and where her parents, Fraser and Marian Robinson, raised her to be outspoken and unafraid. But life soon took her much further afield, from the halls of Princeton, where she learned for the first time what if felt like to be the only black woman in a room, to the glassy office tower where she worked as a high-powered corporate lawyer--and where, one summer morning, a law student named Barack Obama appeared in her office and upended all her carefully made plans. Here, for the first time, Michelle Obama describes the early years of her marriage as she struggles to balance her work and family with her husband's fast-moving political career. She takes us inside their private debate over whether he should make a run for the presidency and her subsequent role as a popular but oft-criticized figure during his campaign. Narrating with grace, good humor, and uncommon candor, she provides a vivid, behind-the-scenes account of her family's history-making launch into the global limelight as well as their life inside the White House over eight momentous years--as she comes to know her country and her country comes to know her. [This book] takes us through modest Iowa kitchens and ballrooms at Buckingham Palace, through moments of heart-stopping grief and profound resilience, bringing us deep into the soul of a singular, groundbreaking figure in history as she strives to live authentically, marshaling her personal strength and voice in service of a set of higher ideals. In telling her story with honesty and boldness, she issues a challenge to the rest of us: Who are we and who do we want to become?
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Large Print, [2018]
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780525633754
0525633758
Branch Call Number: B OB14OA
Characteristics: xvi, 675 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
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Alternative Title: Becoming Michelle Obama

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"The first full life--private; public; legal; philosophical--of the 107th Supreme Court Justice, one of the most profound and profoundly transformative legal minds of our time; a book fifteen years in work, written with the cooperation of Ruth Bader Ginsburg herself and based on many intervi... Read More »


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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Dec 13, 2018

So often books written by celebrities/politicians are a slog to get through, but this was not a chore in the slightest. The strongest bits of the book are the parts that take place before her husband's political career really takes off -- the bits about growing up in Chicago, about being a black girl at a very fancy, very white school (Princeton), about falling in love with the hotshot young lawyer who worked at her firm one summer -- and I found the portion that covered the 2008 campaign and her time in the White House to be the least compelling, because it got into a bit too political/policy detail and it felt overly polished and performative (though some of the behind-the-scenes glimpses of details of life in the White House were fascinating). However, she is very adept at conveying the strangeness (without ever using that word) of being married to someone so extraordinary, and you finish the book with the feeling that you’ve just spent time with a very smart, eloquent friend.

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deb_on_the_web
Dec 13, 2018

Genuinely so stoked to read this book. Once it was published, our entire library system ended up with a giant line of holds. Someday, it'll show up on the shelf for me. But honestly, I've heard such good things about it, and I can't wait to enjoy it for myself!

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Tara_P
Dec 13, 2018

I've just finished reading Becoming and am pretty disappointed. Michelle Obama is a good writer, or maybe she had a great editor. It's a pleasant read from an entertainment point of view. But, I was really disheartened by her limited view of how to make changes for people of color and poor people. She did talk about all of the racist slights that she had received and about how she'd worked with the Univ. of Chicago Medical Center to improve access to medical care for the local people in the Southside of Chicago-where she had grown up. But really the whole book was infused with her assent from disadvantaged circumstances to First Lady-the American Dream-with apparently little realization of how that type of thinking actually backfires on our society in many ways.

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mitchtdaly
Dec 12, 2018

For someone with such an amazing and unique life, I was surprised to find that this book was fairly vanilla. It seemed almost too polished. There was no real emotion or feeling in the memoir, making it feel more like a biography than an autobiography.
Not to mention, many of the anecdotes were far too detailed. In the first hour of the audiobook, there was not a single anecdote that interested me. Making herself a sandwich? Playing at a piano recital? Having a bad teacher? These experiences are boring and should have been edited out.

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toby65
Nov 30, 2018

Just a little too much detail, much of which
was not particularly interesting to this reader.
Perhaps one needs to be an American to really
appreciate this biography.
Did not finish.

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LauraSteinert
Nov 30, 2018

If you love Mrs. Obama, this will make you love her more. If you find her interesting, this will fascinate you. If you can only see the color of her skin, skip this book.

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Ailil2017
Nov 28, 2018

I've been listening the Audiobook in Spanish and I have to go it is really good!!! Michelle O. is amazing!

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lovetoread_11
Nov 23, 2018

I look forward to this wonderful woman's perspective on being thrust into a role that she never thought would happen to her. How she wore the moniker 'First Lady' is with grace and intellect. I have heard bits of recordings through Huffington Post and it has inspired me to go out and purchase it because the warmth of her voice is so kind.

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cliffcrelly
Nov 20, 2018

After spending sixty years enduring party politics; it has been so refreshing experiencing the Obama administration. I was lucky to have witness JFK and the joyous space race revolution that really kick-started the age of technology. Can't wait to read First Lady Obama's book; I sure she will bring her style of class and elegance.

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Linda_157
Nov 19, 2018

Will an e-book be coming soon?

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