Becoming by Michelle Obama


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 advo...

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Release DateNov 13th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Politics, Audiobook

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  • Emily May
    I’d been lucky to have parents, teachers, and mentors who’d fed me with a consistent, simple message: You matter. As an adult, I wanted to pass those words to a new generation. Look, I'm not a happy crier. I might cry at songs about leaving and missing someone; I might cry at books where things don't work out; I might cry at movies where someone dies. I've just never really understood why people get all choked up over happy, inspirational thi...
  • Angela M
    I didn’t think I could admire and respect former First Lady Michelle Obama any more than I already did. For eight years she graced our country with her presence, her intellect, her caring. We never had to ask because it is obvious in everything she says and does that she does care. Without a doubt, she cares more than anything about her family, but also cares deeply about this country. Then I read this book, an eloquent memoir, strikingly hones...
  • Elyse Walters
    Audiobook read by Michelle ObamaFor the past three days - all I wanted to do was listen to Michelle Obama..... I cried - or was teary-eyed so many times - I lost count. THIS BOOK must be ‘especially’ special to her immediate family and closest friends ....but it’s also a great gift to the rest of us. Nobody else but Michelle could have written this book - it’s so MICHELLE’S STORY! She is gifted in her ability to express her own emotions...
  • Larry H
    "I was humbled and excited to be First Lady, but not for one second did I think I'd be sliding into some glamorous, easy role. Nobody who has the words 'first' and 'black' attached to them ever would. I stood at the foot of the mountain, knowing I'd need to climb my way into favor."God, do I miss the Obamas.Since I've had the right to vote, two presidents have energized and excited me—Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. That's not to say that I agre...
  • Chrissie
    The audiobook is wonderful. Hearing Michelle tell her own story is better than reading her words in a book. She speaks clearly, with emotional feeling and at a perfect speed. I have given the narration performance five stars.The writing is heartfelt, clear and well formulated. We start at Michelle’s youth and learn about her family. The telling moves forward chronologically, concluding in 2017 when Michelle and Barack left the White House. Each...
  • Jessica
    If you like Michelle Obama, you are going to like this book. Her delightful personality shines through. It's thoughtful, well-written, and willing to go everywhere without betraying her signature line: "When they go low, we go high." This isn't a book full of gossip or meant to tear her enemies down. It's simply an uplifting look at a remarkable woman's remarkable life. If you don't like Michelle Obama, though, you're going to write a snarky one-...
  • Eric Anderson
    Like many people, I eagerly read Michelle Obama’s memoir “Becoming” as soon as it was published this week. It’s important that this book has come out now and there’s many reasons to be excited about it. I’m not only excited about it because she’s a former first lady as well as being an icon in her own right or her historic importance as the first African American First Lady who is the great great granddaughter of a slave. And not ju...
  • Evie
    *Dreaming of a world where Trump doesn’t exist and Michelle Obama is President...This was such a great read. Engrossing from the beginning, it was so interesting to hear her life story; from her childhood and the life she had before she met Barack, to the person she became with him, and to the life they built together with their children and within the Whitehouse. Their love and respect for each other is just so awe inspiring.Although I already...
  • Holli
    This book is poorly written. Only fans of M.O. could possibly like this book as it doesn't stick to facts. They are the only ones allowed to give reviews of it. I wonder what is being said about Trump books? My review has been deleted twice. Hopefully I am allowed to say this little bit.
  • Brandice
    Becoming like Michelle Obama herself, is both eloquent and relatable. She talks about becoming her, becoming us, and finally, becoming more. As most of us know by now, Michelle is from Chicago, grew up with loving and supportive parents, attended Princeton followed by Harvard for law school, then began her position as an associate at the prestigious law firm of Sidley Austin, where she eventually met Barack. My favorite section of the book was by...
  • Sarah
    All the stars! I highly recommend listening to this on audio. It's long, but it's so lovely to hear Michelle Obama's words on her own warm, confident voice. Her story is interesting and inspiring, full of love and tragedy, challenges and triumphs. I loved hearing about her own life as a person who existed before she met the man who would become president, who had dreams of her own, and the will to do the hard work to accomplish them. But I also l...
  • Barbara
    Becoming is a very honest, introspective memoir.Michelle Obama’s young life was humble. The Robinson’s lived a working class life, in a lower middle class neighborhood. They managed with one salary – Mr. Robinson’s – and so Mrs. Robinson was able to do more for her children. Her father’s chronic disease was increasingly debilitating, and in the end, forced changes. Mrs. Robinson went to work as both parents worked hard to pay for thei...
  • *Dee's Book reading time
    A must read-- Michelle Obama's memoir, "Becoming" will hold you while you breathe in her moving story and literally become stuck in her words as they resonate a vivid profile of a strong African-American woman who has a heart of gold with very strong values and character. This book is more than her being an iconic FLOTUS, it's about her entire life: her hopes, dreams, life lessons, etc. ! I will not give spoilers but know this-- this memoir will ...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    I'm not super interested in politics so I was pleased to find that Michelle Obama doesn't really like politics either. Her memoir is more about how she created her life, once she discovered she had followed other people's expectations instead of figuring out what she wanted. She is honest and open, more than I would have expected, and I liked hearing how she reconciled living with someone messy (haha), gave up her work for a while, and how she na...
  • Cort
    So relatable. Several times I was like ”that was me!”Laughed a little. Shed a few tears. Thank you Michelle for this book.
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    I usually don’t write reviews before I’m finished, but BECOMING is about substance, not plot. Michelle Obama makes me feel like a teenage fangirl screaming at a Beatles concert. Her words are poetic, the substance important.I’m listening to the 19 hrs and I have tears running down my face at the beauty of her voice and the elegance of her words. I miss her national presence everyday. Michelle’s voice is so soothing, so brilliant. I feel s...
  • Anne ✨
    This was amazing to listen to! I found it fascinating to hear Michelle Obama's point of view on the many things that happened during her and Barack's 8 years in the White House. She's really honest in sharing all her feelings an experiences, and she has such insightful perspective as a first lady, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a working woman, a black woman. The audio is a lengthy one at 19 hours, but Michelle gives you a far deeper story going a...
  • Allyson Stallman
    Could. Not. Put. Down. You really are pulled into the writing, to the point that you really feel as if you’re sitting in front of her listening to her tell you about her remarkable life. The give-and-take of her marriage to Barack, the trials of IVF, the joy (and pain) of parenthood to their life in politics in Chicago and onward to the White House (a place Michelle never thought Barack would end up!). Finally to the epilogue where we find Mich...
  • Jerrika
    Chiiiiiilld the reviews from those who haven't read the book but already don't like it!? LOL, one even said "How unbecoming of a former first lady" or something along those lines completely ignoring the fact that MOST former first ladies write memoirs starting with Eleanor Roosevelt. Lawd the ignorance runs deep in some people. Anyway, I've always been a Michelle stan so she's finna get these 5 stars. The book is a classic memoir, written in the ...
  • Jerry
    Michelle Obama comes from a unique position that only 45 women have ever known. But even more unique, of course, is that she is the first First Lady of color, and in that respect she is in a class of her own. This was an enlightening book and very well written by a brilliant lawyer and mother and wife. The book is inspirational and uplifting. I definitely recommend.
  • Lois
    This was more relatable than I thought it would be. Michelle is a decade older than me and grew up in Chicago. I grew up in Detroit. Honestly her story at least at the beginning, made her feel like a cousin. Read by the author in her soft and cultured voice. Just beautifully done!
  • Monica **can't read fast enough**
    This was everything that I hoped it would be and more. I'm not doing a full review of this one. I'm just going to say that I am thankful for the experience of listening to Mrs Obama telling her own story and being so open and honest in the telling. You can find me at:•(♥).•*Monlatable Book Reviews*•.(♥)•Twitter: @MonlatReaderInstagram: @readermonicaFacebook: Monica Reeds Goodreads Group: The Black Bookcase