‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama/A Review

Becoming by Michelle Obama
Genre: Nonfiction/Memoir
Length: 426 pages
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Release Date: November 13, 2018

Synopsis:
In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

My Thoughts:

Michelle Obama is a very powerful woman within the political landscape. Being the First Lady of the US from 2008-16, Obama spearheaded many projects geared towards female empowerment and children’s health (to name a few). ‘Becoming’ details Michelle Obama’s journey towards a strong sense of awareness.

‘Becoming’ begins in the 1960s, when Michelle was a child growing up in Chicago’s South Side. Michelle grew up in a loving, hardworking family, instilling a strong work ethic within her and her brother Craig. Her parent’s tireless commitment to her studies guided Michelle towards a successful academic life, paving the path toward Princeton, Harvard, then a prominent law firm in Chicago, where she would meet and mentor a young law student named Barack Obama. Their partnership would take a more magical turn, guiding their path toward a higher calling in life.

Michelle goes into detail about her professional and political life throughout the decades. She explains the accomplishments attained from her journey, as well as setbacks she encountered (and eventually triumphed over) in her quest to succeed. She unflinchingly describes the struggles both she and her husband faced in the political landscape, and the emotional roller coaster that resulted from discrimination. She also describes the great lengths she took in order to preserve her daughters’ anonymity while living within the bubble of being the ‘First Family’.  

‘Becoming’ also gives an overview of Michelle Obama’s tenure as First Lady, guiding the reader through her first task: planting a White House garden to spearhead her ‘Let’s Move!’ campaign. Tending a White House garden was the beginning of a deeper awareness of the richness of ‘farm-to-table’ nutrition. Food with natural origins and minimal chemicals leads to healthy eating for all, a staple within the campaign. Michelle also promoted causes gearing towards women’s education and disabled veterans. Throughout her role as First Lady, Michelle made it a point to highlight groups that were always pushed under the radar unfairly. Women, children, and our veterans perform valuable roles in our society, and Michelle’s causes highlighted their ability to shine through difficulty.  

Throughout the book, Michelle credits her parents in guiding her toward carving her own path in life. It’s their no-nonsense attitude toward life that guides her to become the strong woman, wife and mother within her daily 9-5 grind and political life. It is her limitless strength that’s very complimentary to Barack Obama’s steady personality as he took on the weight of the presidency.

I loved reading ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama, and I look forward in reading about her future endeavors!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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January 5, 2018: ‘One Day in December’ by Josie Silver/A Review

I purchased this novel from Book of the Month
Length: 416 pgs.
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

     ‘One Day in December’ by Josie Silver is a lighthearted (yet moving) tale about friendship, lost love, and heartache through the years. The story is based in London, beginning around Christmas 2008. Laurie is a young woman stuck in a thankless job in hospitality, and she heads home on a bus when she spies Jack waiting at a bus stop. Their eyes meet for a moment before the bus continues toward Laurie’s home. Laurie spends a year searching for her mystery man, and she eventually finds him a year later…as her best friend Sarah’s new boyfriend. The story then follows the lives of these three individuals throughout the decade, documenting the growth and pitfalls of their relationship.

     I picked up ‘One Day in December’ as my Book of the Month December selection. Admittedly, Romantic Literature is a genre I rarely venture into as my main reading preference. What enticed me into picking up this selection is that the story largely centers around the Christmas season, and I was searching for Christmas-related books last month. While the novel is sectioned off in years, each part naturally circles back toward the holiday season, which I deeply appreciated.

     ‘One Day in December’ is narrated in the first person, divided into Laurie’s and Jack’s perspective. The novel documents their feelings toward each other as they navigate the line of platonic friendship and hidden attraction while maintaining their relationships with Sarah. Since this is a love story, Laurie’s life takes unexpected (yet predictable) twists and turns as she searches for true happiness. Through it all, Laurie discovers that as long as you have a strong, emotional support system, you will never be truly alone in life.

     I enjoyed reading ‘One Day in December’, and I’m glad I bought this as my monthly December selection.

Rating: 4/5

January 2, 2018: Reading ‘One Day in December’

I’m slowly making my way through ‘One Day in December’. As endearing as the love story aspect is between Laurie and Jack, I’m having a rough time getting through the story. I do want to finish the book though, tired expressions and all. I’m hoping to finish the book by the weekend.

December 28, 2018: Reading ‘One Day in December’

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I began my new read last night, ‘One Day in December’ by Josie Silver. It’s a love story, following the lives of three people throughout a 10 year period. I’m amazed that I chose another story that centers on relationships! I did want to focus on Christmas stories around the holiday season, and the book has Christmas as a focal point. Granted, I began reading it after Christmas, but it has the word ‘December’ in the title, and it’s still December. So that counts!