Becoming by Michelle Obama

I have an incredible amount of respect for former First Lady, Michelle Obama, so imagine my excitement upon discovering she was putting out an autobiography. Finally getting my hands on a copy, I couldn’t wait to slip into the bathtub with a glass of wine and dive in.

I love autobiographies, so much more than general biographies because you not only get to glimpse the intimacy of someone’s life, but you do it from their viewpoint. Knowing Michelle Obama’s education, and remembering fondly how brilliantly she gave speeches, I had a feeling her autobiography was going to be an intense and exciting read. 

I was not wrong.

As she spoke candidly about her youth, the earliest memories of her own strength and determination, I found myself quickly turning through pages as I got lost in her history. The closeness of her family set the tone for her future, at times clearly defining the type of woman she wanted to be when she grew up. Her parents worked so hard to ensure she and her brother, Craig, had every opportunity available to them, and they made sure both of their children knew exactly how much they loved and cared for them. 

When it came time to talk about the man she would eventually marry, I was entranced by her honesty, how slowly they seemed to fall in love over the course, and how evenly their personalities balanced each other. As she swept into motherhood, trying balance career and family life, I found myself rooting for her, and looming at the end of every page as she managed to keep her husband’s foray into politics, his huge dreams that often kept him away from home from crushing their family. Such an incredibly strong woman.

I knew how this story was going to end, but I still wanted to know more.

By the time I reached the end of this book, I had even more respect for her. Highly recommended, I give it 5 out of 5 stars without hesitation. 

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