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Becoming

Obama, Michelle

  20 Reviews

'What do you want to be when you grow up?' Michelle Obama has some strong opinions about such questions, but certainly her response would not have been to say 'to be the First Lady'. But of course, this is exactly where she ends up as the wife of President Barack Obama, from 2009-2017. Her journey to one of the most famous addresses in the world started in a working class neighbourhood in the South Side of Chicago and progressed via Princeton and Harvard, corporate law, marriage and motherhood.

Written with warmth and candour, this is an inspiring memoir from a former First Lady offering readers the unique perspective of someone achieving many 'firsts' in her life thus far.

Pages
416
Year
2018

Reviews

AUCK 448
27-09-2022
Most of our group found this one a little hard going. We aren't really non-fiction readers. Well-written though and a very interesting perspective of the history.
CHCH 247
23-08-2022
We all enjoyed the book very much. Very well-written and informative. Great discussion.
TAUR 061
28-07-2022
PIOPIO 001
29-05-2022
Our group loved this book, finding it well-written and in a style making it easy to read. An informative, frank, inspiring account of the amazing Michelle Obama, her early years through to the end of her husband's presidency of the USA.
LOWER 004
02-03-2022
The group thoroughly enjoyed this book. There was admiration for a woman who loved and supported her family, and ploughed her own furrow at the same time.
CHCH 494
15-11-2021
Our group loved the book. We were impressed by their achievements, both individually and as a couple. Michelle's experiences as a young mother resonated with our memories of parenting. In referring to friends and colleagues, Michelle rarely refers to race. They were simply people.
ASHB 016
27-10-2021
We all enjoyed this story and found her to be an amazing woman. The story could have been much shorter but felt that maybe she had to make sure she didn't leave anyone or her connections out for possible future political reasons. It was easy to read and created great discussion. Some didn't want to read it but did and enjoyed it :)
CHCH 155
22-09-2021
Everybody enjoyed this book. A great insight into the political ups and downs and the way Michelle had such a positive attitude. A great read in lockdown.
CHCH 317
17-09-2021
We enjoyed this book. It gave a detailed insight into American politics and particularly the run up to the elections. The input the First Lady gave was particularly detailed. She is obviously a remarkable personality who came from humble beginnings, but who had such a commitment to family. Recommended reading.
WARK 003
23-08-2021
Most found it "quite interesting", though too long.
AUCK 412
15-03-2021
We all really liked the book, some of us even loved it! It generated a lively discussion around politics and race, and all agreed that it was great to have such an insight into family life in the White House. Above all, we admired how Michelle remained true to herself while, at the same time, supporting Barack in his life dream.
TAUP 009
19-08-2020
We all really enjoyed this book. We enjoyed learning about her childhood and family the most. The main problem was that we all knew the disappointing ending!
WELL 213
25-05-2020
All but one of those attending loved the book, and appreciated its writing style, complexity, historical background and its structure.
NEWP 014
22-05-2020
Brilliant. Well-written and inspiring. Such a talented woman - lovely to gain insights into life as a first lady, living in the White House, and the changes she created.
DUNED 001
15-05-2020
50% loved the book and the detail. 50% thought it needed tighter editing and less detail.
OWAKA 001
15-05-2020
Most of our group really enjoyed reading 'Becoming'. We were impressed by her honesty and practicality. Aghast at how 'nasty' politics can be, and the ability to live with the security restrictions.
PUTAR 001
15-05-2020
Everyone enjoyed this. Enjoyable conversational style of writing. Impressive woman and story.
ASHB 003
02-03-2020
Mixed reviews, some thought it too long, or had too much detail. We were interested in life in the White House.
INVER 004
18-10-2019
Enjoyed!
CHCH 337
18-10-2019
Wow - what an amazing woman!! Loved learning her back story and seeing what a humble, genuine and hardworking couple she and Barack are!!