Becoming

Becoming

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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 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.

Baker & Taylor
An intimate and uplifting memoir by the former First Lady chronicles the experiences that have shaped her remarkable life, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago through her setbacks and achievements in the White House.

Publisher: New York : Crown, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781524763138
Branch Call Number: 973. 93209 OBA 2018-11
Characteristics: xiii, 426 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Becoming Michelle Obama

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Cheryl_in_IT Oct 07, 2019

I really enjoyed this. I recommend 1.25x speed for the audiobook - it sounds more like her naturally spoken voice verses the slow, deliberate version for audiobook narration.

I appreciate her candidness and the words of wisdom she offers and feel that anyone who has had Michelle Obama for a friend and mentor would be lucky indeed. I'm happy that I can learn from her through her memoir. I'd love to go back and revisit some of the "aha" moments I had during the listen, but I've been listening on my commute, so they come...and they go on past. Hopefully the pertinent parts sink in.

I felt at a couple points it got a bit too much "Barack" (as much as I like hearing about him), but given that he is her husband and his political trajectory changed her own path completely, that seems fair enough! I could tell, listening to it, that being married to a politician would be my hell on earth and not my cuppa tea. I could empathize with her resistance, there. I also remember - way back when - being a bit befuddled by her health initiatives, catching a glimpse here and there but never really knowing the details. Knowing what I know now, I'm deeply appreciative of the work she was doing.

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peacebenow
Oct 03, 2019

My admiration for Michelle Obama only grows after reading her book. Ms Obama spends the 1st part of her life working to become a strong, smart influential Black women. She meets her husband, has a family and starts to work more and more in positions that do public good all the while juggling her families needs. When Barack Obama becomes President she evolves into being a standout First Lady w/ meaningful programs, style and pizzazz. Our country has been fortunate to have this family leading our country for 8 yrs trying to do the right thing! Michelle seems like someone you'd like to know and learn from!

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Keogh
Oct 01, 2019

A compelling, well written memoir by the former First Lady detailing her experiences growing up, in education, in a professional career, and then moving into the political world. The book reminds us that it is possible for the First Family to approach the role with empathy, decency, and humanity... all things sorely lacking in their successors.

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527parkside
Sep 26, 2019

New Appleby please for pickup

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CHRISTI_14
Sep 23, 2019

This was a fantastic read, well written, thoughful
Michele Obama is an inspriring woman, passionate, caring and focused, family and people oriented.

I love her openess about her struggle to find her path/s, her relationships with her family and the previous POTUS. I am still reading the book and have yet to find out how she copes with being FLOTUS. She certainly came across as a good person in the media.

It is good to learn about she copes with the juggling act of being a mother and part and fulltime paid work plus a husband who is on his own path.

I think she would make a great POTUS herself however she now probably wants to pursue other things.

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red_eagle_579
Sep 17, 2019

Can we get this book in kindle format?

Thanks

sjpl_yourbestlife Aug 22, 2019

Starts out great and then...snore.

IndyPL_KimE Aug 19, 2019

Michelle Obama writes about what life was like as the former FLOTUS. It tells her story before Barack as a Southside Chicago child and teen navigating her race and community. It describes how she met Barack and their time in the white house as the first family of the Unites States. I know her as the former FLOTUS, but it was good to learn about her before politics, what her life was like growing up and the things that matter to her. I could not put this book down as she took me on the journey of her life and what she values.

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lyndasclater
Aug 13, 2019

Amazing book! Book club: Sept/19. "Do we settle for the world as it is, or do we work for the world as it should be?"
"On this day we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord."

She is a very engaging writer. It is fun looking into the background of how she became a lawyer and first lady after her humble beginnings.

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cknightkc
Jun 23, 2019

“Failure is a feeling long before it becomes an actual result.” - p. 43

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cknightkc
Jun 23, 2019

“Do we settle for the world as it is, or do we work for the world as it should be?” - p. 118

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cknightkc
Jun 23, 2019

“For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.” - p. 419

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jimg2000
Feb 05, 2019

Many quotes in goodreads already, likely includes many below:

I’ve wanted to ask my detractors which part of that phrase matters to them the most — is it “angry” or “black” or “woman”?
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Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.
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Everything that mattered was within a five-block radius — my grandparents and cousins, the church on the corner where we were not quite regulars at Sunday school, the gas station where my mother sometimes sent me to pick up a pack of Newport’s, and the liquor store, which also sold Wonder bread, penny candy, and gallons of milk.
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Robbie and Terry were older. They grew up in a different era, with different concerns. They’d seen things our parents hadn’t — things that Craig and I, in our raucous childishness, couldn’t begin to guess.
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He was devoted to his car, a bronze - colored two - door Buick Electra 225, which he referred to with pride as “the Deuce and a Quarter.”

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jimg2000
Feb 05, 2019

If you’d had a head start at home, you were rewarded for it at school, deemed “bright” or “gifted,” which in turn only compounded your confidence. The advantages aggregated quickly.
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Kids found one another based not on the color of their skin but on who was outside and ready to play.
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In 1950, fifteen years before my parents moved to South Shore, the neighborhood had been 96 percent white. By the time I’d leave for college in 1981, it would be about 96 percent black.
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If my mother were somebody different, she might have done the polite thing and said, “Just go and do your best.” But she knew the difference. She knew the difference between whining and actual distress.
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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

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jimg2000
Feb 05, 2019

For the next nine years, knowing that I’d earned it, I made myself a fat peanut butter and jelly sandwich for breakfast each morning and consumed not a single egg.
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My grandfather, born in 1912, was the grandson of slaves, the son of a millworker, and the oldest of what would be ten children in his family. A quick-witted and intelligent kid, he’d been nicknamed “the Professor” and set his sights early on the idea of someday going to college. But not only was he black and from a poor family, he also came of age during the Great Depression.
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If you wanted to work as an electrician (or as a steelworker, carpenter, or plumber, for that matter) on any of the big job sites in Chicago, you needed a union card. And if you were black, the overwhelming odds were that you weren’t going …
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Speaking a certain way — the “white” way, as some would have it — was perceived as a betrayal, as being uppity, as somehow denying our culture.

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jimg2000
Feb 05, 2019

Failure is a feeling long before it becomes an actual result. It’s vulnerability that breeds with self-doubt and then is escalated, often deliberately, by fear.
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I tore through the lessons, quietly keeping tabs on where I stood among my peers as we charted our progress from long division to pre-algebra, from writing single paragraphs to turning in full research papers. For me, it was like a game. And as with any game, like most any kid, I was happiest when I was ahead.
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Advice, when she offered it, tended to be of the hard-boiled and pragmatic variety. “You don’t have to like your teacher,” she told me one day after I came home spewing complaints. “But that woman’s got the kind of math in her head that you need in yours. Focus on that and ignore the rest. ”
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Her goal was to push us out into the world. “I’m not raising babies,” she’d tell us. “I’m raising adults.”
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We weren’t going to “hang out” or “take a walk.” We were going to make out. And we were both all for it.

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jimg2000
Feb 05, 2019

I was caught up in the lonely thrill of being a teenager now, convinced that the adults around me had never been there themselves.
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Was she picturing herself on a tropical island somewhere? With a different kind of man, or in a different kind of house, or with a corner office instead of kids? I don’t know, and I suppose I could ask my mother, who is now in her eighties, but I don’t think it matters.
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If you’ve never passed a winter in Chicago, let me describe it: You can live for a hundred straight days beneath an iron-gray sky that claps itself like a lid over the city. Frigid, biting winds blow in off the lake. Snow falls in dozens of ways, in heavy overnight dumps and daytime, sideways squalls, in demoralizing sloppy sleet and fairy-tale billows of fluff. There’s ice, usually, lots of it, that shellacs the sidewalks and windshields that then need to be scrapped.
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I hadn’t needed to show her anything. I was only showing myself.

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jimg2000
Feb 05, 2019

I hoped that someday my feelings for a man would knock me sideways, that I’d get swept into the upending, tsunami-like rush that seemed to power all the best love stories.
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I’d been raised on the bedrock of football, basketball, and baseball, but it turned out that East Coast prep schoolers did more. Lacrosse was a thing. Field hockey was a thing. Squash, even, was a thing. For a kid from the South Side, it could be a little dizzying. “You row crew?” What does that even mean?
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It was hardly a straight meritocracy. There were the athletes, for example. There were the legacy kids, whose fathers and grandfathers had been Tigers or whose families had funded the building of a dorm or a library.
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If in high school I’d felt as if I were representing my neighborhood, now at Princeton I was representing my race.

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jimg2000
Feb 05, 2019

In my experience, you put a suit on any half-intelligent black man and white people tended to go bonkers.
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To me, he was sort of like a unicorn — unusual to the point of seeming almost unreal.
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Compared with my own lockstep march toward success, the direct arrow shot of my trajectory from Princeton to Harvard to my desk on the forty-seventh floor, Barack’s path was an improvisational zigzag through disparate worlds.
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He was in law school, he explained, because grassroots organizing had shown him that meaningful societal change required not just the work of the people on the ground but stronger policies and governmental action as well.
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There was no arguing with the fact that even with his challenged sense of style, Barack was a catch. He was good-looking, poised, and successful. He was athletic, interesting, and kind. What more could anyone want? I sailed into the bar, certain I was doing everyone a favor — him and all the ladies

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