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BECOMING, “Becoming requires equal parts patience and rigor. Becoming is neve…

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BECOMING, @michelleobama

“Becoming requires equal parts patience and rigor. Becoming is never giving up on the idea that there is more growing to be done.”


Before she was a First Lady, she was Michelle Robinson from the South Side of Chicago. Her memoir takes us through her life from the beginning – a young girl living with her parents and brother (fun fact: I used to live down the street from her alma mater, Whitney Young), undergrad and law school, to meeting Barack Obama, adjusting to life on the campaign trail and eventually as the first Black First Family.

If you’re like me and don’t normally do audiobooks, make this your first! It’s worth it, I promise.

I loved reading about her and Barack’s marriage, from their courtship to engagement (I cracked up during this part) to how they managed their family when he entered politics full time. My favorite part was when she decided that her and their girls didn’t have to work around his work schedule – HE had to work around THEIRS. I enjoyed reading about how despite the sacrifices she made, she was set on maintaining her own identity and not allowing herself to be overshadowed by her husband (LOVED when another Senator’s wife implied their marriage wouldn’t last because she chose to stay in Chicago while Barack was in DC, and Michelle shut that shit down.) She never lost sight of who she was and the good she wanted to do.

Her openness about her experiences as a public figure is something everyone needs to hear, particularly around the racism + misogyny she faced. I would argue no other candidate has had more vitriol slung at them than the Obama Family. Michelle recounted the vile comments about not only President Obama, but also her (she doesn’t talk about this much, but media also eventually came after their daughters when they were teenagers.) You don’t have to like Obama as a president to know the critiques lobbed at Michelle and their daughters were rife with racism.

I’m not an optimistic person, but this memoir left me feeling more hopeful than when I started.