I don’t often read autobiographies or memoirs, as I sometimes worry that I’ll be left disappointed by the result of a well-known and respected figure’s literary musings. But I’m happy to report there was no such thing with Michelle Obama’s book Becoming, and to be fair there wasn’t really any shadow of doubt that this book would be anything less than excellent because as eight years in the White House has shown us, the Obamas excel at excellence.
Becoming is a rich and intimate portrait of Michelle Obama’s life thus far in her own words. Beautifully written, compelling and very candid, which again is not surprising given that Michelle Obama has always been known for her candour, Becoming is as entertaining as it is inspiring and delivered with so much grace. How one woman who continuously wrestled with the question ‘Am I good enough?’ when faced with hurdles at key milestones of her life, still found the strength within to overcome and establish herself as one of the most iconic and accomplished women of our era.
Listening on audiobook – a first for me – I was absolutely transfixed by this book. Obama’s words lifted me from where I was (commuting usually) and transported me right into the Southside of Chicago with her family, or the White House or an event she had attended in a her capacity as First Lady. So vivid was the detail, so intriguing is her story, in addition to her humorous retellings of several stories, that when I got to the end, I was really sad, and ended up replaying part of the epilogue to prolong the joy that was listening to her words. I honestly did not want this book to end!
Becoming is filled with encouragement, both direct and indirect. It made me want to believe again, and recaptured that sense of optimism and hope that we had all the way back in 2012. I believe it’s timely that this book has been released now, because on both sides of the Atlantic we desperately need that hope and optimism to get through what lies ahead of us whether it be politically, professionally or personally. Like her husband in 2012, Michelle Obama reminds us that ‘Yes we can’ and also that we can continue to be.
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