Hey everyone. As I’m writing this, I’m crying a little lot bit because I’m listening to the last five minutes of the audiobook of Becoming. I am honestly so emotional, sad, happy. This was an absolutely phenomenal book.
Author: Michelle Obama
Genre: Nonfiction, autobiography
Date published: November 13th 2018
Length: 464 pages, about 19 hours of audio
Content warning: mentions of death, gun violence, and sexual harassment (barely)
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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.
So, I don’t usually read a lot of nonfiction – to be honest, I almost never read nonfiction. But I was told this book was a must read, and I can now confirm that; this book is a must read. I’m not really sure how to review a nonfiction book so this review will most likely be short, but here it goes.
Let me start about the writing. If I remember well, in the movie Becoming that came out on Netflix a little while ago (the movie is what finally convinced me to read the book) Barak Obama told Michelle that she was a wonderful story writer – he was not wrong. I listened to the audiobook – audiobook I totally recommend, by the way. It was amazing; hearing it all directly from Michelle’s voice was great. I feel like audiobooks sometimes bring out the writing because you really have to listen to every word (something I am guilty of not doing in written books, oops). Either way, no problems this way, the flow was perfect and listening was a delight.
The audiobook was super long, and I’m not the best at listening because I like to multitask, but that’s nothing against the book or audiobook itself. It took me a pretty long time to get through but that really doesn’t mean I wasn’t enjoying it, because I really was.
Otherwise, for the content itself, it was amazing. The story was well told and very inspirational, I loved learning more about Barak’s story with Michelle and their children. I loved Michelle’s honesty – as much when she talked about the good times than the bad times. When she described all the cars that constantly travel with the president, my jaw literally was on the floor. My heart felt so happy and warm when she talked about all of her trips to visit schools and helping children of colour and visiting military hospitals. Seriously, that woman is so inspiring, a whole role model. But at the same time in the back of my mind a little voice whispered *well guess who won’t be doing that now*. All the stories she told, especially the ones of young African American kids who got shot either because of police (which is extremely relevant right now – well, always, but especially right now) or because of gang wars broke my heart. I wish I could do something about it.
I have to admit the end of the story with everything that happened with Trump made me very emotional (and angry, so, so angry). I am sad she won’t run for office, but after reading, I completely understand her reasons. In any case, I’m happy the whole family can rest a bit now, because those must have been a completely insane eight years. I just really miss the Obamas, rip.
Have you read this book? It not, are you planning to? I definitely recommend listening to the audio book. If you have read it already, what did you think??
Also, do you read a lot of nonfiction? What are some nonfiction books you’d recommend?