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An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.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 Americathe first African-American to serve in that roleshe helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White H...

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Becoming Reviews

  • Michelle

    I miss you and your husband so much

  • Barbara

    The job of First Lady - which is essentially to dress well, attend public functions, support your husband, and perhaps take up a worthy cause or two - would be confining for anyone, much less a woman of Michelle Obama's abilities, drive, and accomplishments. Michelle had to give up a distinguished career in public service to help her spouse Barack Obama achieve his ambitions, and she (at least publicly) doesn't regret it. In fact, while in the White House, Michelle was able to advance some cause

  • Jessica

    If you like Michelle Obama, you are going to like this book. Her delightful personality shines through. It's thoughtful, well-written, and willing to go everywhere without betraying her signature line: "When they go low, we go high." This isn't a book full of gossip or meant to tear her enemies down. It's simply an uplifting look at a remarkable woman's remarkable life.

    If you don't like Michelle Obama, though, you're going to write a snarky one-star review complaining that she criticizes Donald

  • Chrissie

    The audiobook is wonderful. Hearing Michelle tell her own story is better than reading her words in a book. She speaks clearly, with emotional feeling and at a perfect speed. I have given the narration performance five stars.

    The writing is heartfelt, clear and well formulated.

    We start at Michelle’s youth and learn about her family. The telling moves forward chronologically, concluding in 2017 when Michelle and Barack left the White House. Each chapter flows smoothly into the next, in this way m

  • Eric Anderson

    Like many people, I eagerly read Michelle Obama’s memoir “Becoming” as soon as it was published this week. It’s important that this book has come out now and there’s many reasons to be excited about it. I’m not only excited about it because she’s a former first lady as well as being an icon in her own right or her historic importance as the first African American First Lady who is the great great granddaughter of a slave. And not just because this book finally gives insight to her own private th ...more


    I honestly can't wait to read this one! Already preordered the audiobook. A full memoir about her life in her own words? Take all my money Michelle!

    Release Date: Nov. 13 2018

  • BookOfCinz

    Hands Down, the Best Memoir of 2018

    Now I think it’s one of the most useless questions an adult can ask a child—What do you want to be when you grow up? As if growing up is finite. As if at some point you become something and that’s the end.

    I picked up Becoming because it is Michelle Obama and I wanted to hear what she had to say. I expected to be wowed, amazed, and knocked off my feet but I didn't expect to be so smitten. I have no words to explain how amazing this book is. The writing is fl

  • Diane

    I absolutely loved listening to Michelle Obama read her memoir, Becoming. Michelle is frank in telling her life story, especially in the challenges she has faced and the ways she has tried to overcome those difficulties.

    The book follows a basic chronological order, starting with her childhood on the south side of Chicago, covering her college years, then how she met Barack while working at a law firm, and finally their life together, with Barack choosing a career in politics, while Michelle adm

    When it came to the home-for-dinner dilemma, I installed new boundaries, ones that worked better for me and the girls. We made our schedule and stuck to it ... It went back to my wishes for them to grow up strong and centered and also unaccommodating to any form of old-school patriarchy: I didn’t want them ever to believe that life began when the man of the house arrived home. We didn’t wait for Dad. It was his job now to catch up with us.

    The lesson being that in life you control what you can.

    Another fun anecdote was the inside joke Michelle had after Barack's popular 2004 speech at the Democratic National Convention. When Barack suddenly became famous, getting a book deal and more speaking requests and an interview from Oprah and even being greeted on the street by strangers, after every encounter, Michelle would look at him and say, "Must have been a good speech."

    Yes, yes it was. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes the Obamas, political stories or inspiring memoirs.

    Favorite Quotes

    "Now I think it’s one of the most useless questions an adult can ask a child — What do you want to be when you grow up? As if growing up is finite. As if at some point you become something and that’s the end."

    "Now that I’m an adult, I realize that kids know at a very young age when they’re being devalued, when adults aren’t invested enough to help them learn. Their anger over it can manifest itself as unruliness. It’s hardly their fault. They aren’t 'bad kids.' They’re just trying to survive bad circumstances."

    "The choice, as he saw it, was this: You give up or you work for change. 'What’s better for us?' Barack called to the people gathered in the room. 'Do we settle for the world as it is, or do we work for the world as it should be?'"

    "Since childhood, I’d believed it was important to speak out against bullies while also not stooping to their level. And to be clear, we were now up against a bully, a man who among other things demeaned minorities and expressed contempt for prisoners of war, challenging the dignity of our country with practically his every utterance. I wanted Americans to understand that words matter — that the hateful language they heard coming from their TVs did not reflect the true spirit of our country and that we could vote against it. It was dignity I wanted to make an appeal for — the idea that as a nation we might hold on to the core thing that had sustained my family, going back generations. Dignity had always gotten us through. It was a choice, and not always the easy one, but the people I respected most in life made it again and again, every single day. There was a motto Barack and I tried to live by, and I offered it that night from the stage: When they go low, we go high."

    "My father, Fraser, taught me to work hard, laugh often, and keep my word. My mother, Marian, showed me how to think for myself and to use my voice. Together, in our cramped apartment on the South Side of Chicago, they helped me see the value in our story, in my story, in the larger story of our country. Even when it’s not pretty or perfect. Even when it’s more real than you want it to be. Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own."

    "For every door that’s been opened to me, I’ve tried to open my door to others. And here is what I have to say, finally: Let’s invite one another in. Maybe then we can begin to fear less, to make fewer wrong assumptions, to let go of the biases and stereotypes that unnecessarily divide us. Maybe we can better embrace the ways we are the same. It’s not about being perfect. It’s not about where you get yourself in the end. There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there’s grace in being willing to know and hear others. This, for me, is how we become." ...more