I rarely read memoirs or biographies, they aren’t something I’m passionate about but I have made exceptions before. lIn the past I’ve really enjoyed Steve Jobs and Life by Keith Richards, as well as Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life by Steve Martin. Overall I think it always depends on the personality the book is about.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
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.
Becoming – Michelle Obama
I don’t want to start anything political here, in other words opinions differ – and this one is mine. Nevertheless I was and still are a fan of the Obama’s. I liked their style, approachability, earnesty, integrity and just their way of treating everyone with respect and kindness during their time in office.
Consequently I was fascinated, and just plain engrossed with this audiobook.
The audiobook, all 19 hours was being narrated by Michelle Obama herself. Her way of speaking is straight forward, and it feels like she was talking to me, and only me. Like a friend sitting down for a cup of coffee, a long cup of coffee, but still, the feelings were the same. Best memoir EVER!!!!!
The first half of the book is about her background, childhood and her family and relatives. Around the half mark point, she meets Barack and that was pretty much the point I was the most interested in. How they met, and their life in the White House. Ultimately this book didn’t disappoint in the slightest.
Altogether this book is a must read. The audiobook alone is a recommendation to anyone who is interested in the Obama’s, or enjoys biographies and memoirs. It was my first 5 star read of the year, and will stay with me for a very long time.
Becoming – Michelle Obama