Title: Becoming
Authors: Obama, Michelle
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 416
Year: 2018
Language: English
Description: '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.
Categories: Non fiction, Big Read, Biography, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Political, America, What's Hot, Popular Book with Groups, 2020 Titles


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By: LOWER 004 2022-03-02 11:08:24
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.

By: CHCH 494 2021-11-15 14:50:14
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.

By: ASHB 016 2021-10-27 16:19:28
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 :)

By: CHCH 155 2021-09-22 14:17:00
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.

By: CHCH 317 2021-09-17 11:44:09
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.

By: WARK 003 2021-08-23 12:40:13
Most found it "quite interesting", though too long.

By: AUCK 412 2021-03-15 10:55:25
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.

By: TAUP 009 2020-08-19 22:37:21
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!

By: WELL 213 2020-05-25 14:30:43
All but one of those attending loved the book, and appreciated its writing style, complexity, historical background and its structure.

By: NEWP 014 2020-05-22 12:55:47
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.

By: DUNED 001 2020-05-15 14:56:23
50% loved the book and the detail. 50% thought it needed tighter editing and less detail.

By: OWAKA 001 2020-05-15 14:48:22
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.

By: PUTAR 001 2020-05-15 14:46:31
Everyone enjoyed this. Enjoyable conversational style of writing. Impressive woman and story.

By: ASHB 003 2020-03-02 12:18:41
Mixed reviews, some thought it too long, or had too much detail. We were interested in life in the White House.

By: INVER 004 2019-10-18 13:24:20

By: CHCH 337 2019-10-18 13:03:40
Wow - what an amazing woman!! Loved learning her back story and seeing what a humble, genuine and hardworking couple she and Barack are!!

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