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 ...

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Release DateNov 13th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, 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...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    I understand the hype!I didn't know much about Michelle Obama nor her husband. This book absolutely humanized them and show me how much they care about others. The contrast with the actual political situation is blatant.Recommend!
  • 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...
  • Navidad Thélamour
    I just finished this PHENOMENAL book–seriously, probably THE best autobiography I’ve ever laid my hands on! It’s now in vogue–the coolest new trend–for people to write a book about their lives, and I respect that trend for allowing us to read more TRUE, REAL stories about REAL people. BUT, Becoming is the first autobiography I’ve ever felt I’ve truly connected with, learned from and became a better person for having read it. Within ...
  • Christy
    4.5 stars!!I’ve had Becoming pre-ordered since I saw it was coming out. I was so excited to read it. Per my Amazon account, I purchased The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama in early 2007. When I read this book, I was moved and hoped this man would be president one day. When I was in my early 20’s, I volunteered for his 2008 campaign. My point is, I’ve always loved the Obamas, but I never knew much about Michelle. After reading this book, I ...
  • Susanne Strong
    5 Extremely Poignant Stars for “Becoming”When I think of Michelle Obama, the words that come to mind are: Grace Personified. She exemplifies all of the qualities I admire most: beauty, elegance, honor, kindness, intelligence and dignity. To say that I miss the Obamas is an understatement. Going into this read, I knew I would be emotional. Truth be told, that didn’t begin to describe my reaction to hearing Michelle Obama’s words, her thou...
  • Jaline
    Becoming is a memoir of a famous person, Michelle Obama, the first black First Lady in the United States who lived with her husband, President Barack Obama, and their two daughters, Malia and Sacha in the White House for eight years. During that time, alongside taking care of her family, Michelle Obama managed to accomplish four major initiatives as First Lady to help improve people’s lives and well-being.The first thing that struck me when I w...
  • Lola
    Thank you, Michelle Obama, for all you've done.
  • Matt
    MIND BLOWN!!While I admit to being a reading fiend when it comes to politics, as some will no doubt have realised, I also find much pleasure in learning about people through biographies and memoirs. Knowing full well that I would be swept up in the wave that surrounded the recent release of Michelle Obama’s memoirs, I vowed to take some time to read them, partially to offset some of the alarming pieces about current events in DC. Obama seeks no...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Theresa Alan
    I found this fast-paced, interesting, and touching. Also, heartbreaking to be painfully reminded of having once had a thoughtful, ethical president and first lady, and the vindictive, misogynist, racist disaster who doesn’t read that we have now. Michelle wrote about how guilty she felt for putting out secret service agents and people driving in New York City so she and Barack could have a rare date night together. Now we have a president who d...
  • Dem
    Becoming by Michelle Obama is a captivating and compelling read, narrated by Michelle Obama herself makes this a moving, deeply personal and intimate story which is inspirational and insightful. Michelle Obama comes across as a very intelligent and grounded lady who knows what she wants from life and not afraid to stand up for what she believes in. I think her time in the While house was well spent and admirable I was in a book shop last week and...
  • Peter
    MonumentalMichelle Obama’s book, Becoming, is a refreshingly honest and fascinating insight into the major decisions, challenges and events in her life. This left me with even more respect and admiration for her and Barak. It provides wonderful coverage of her thinking and actions through life, from childhood to lawyer, to wife and mother, and to First Lady.Michelle’s background in the South Shore neighbourhood in Chicago is openly chronicled...
  • Karen
    I have loved Barack Obama since I watched his speech at the Democratic Convention in 2004.... but, I never really knew much about Michelle.Michelle came from humble beginnings, surrounded by loving parents, brother and extended family on the South Side of Chicago. She always strived to do her best and she became very highly educated.There were so many things I was surprised by ...I was brought to tears a few times and laughed quite a bit also.I a...
  • Diane S ☔
    I have finally come to enjoy listening to audio books, at least non fiction, fiction not so much. So glad I listened to this one as having it read by Michelle, made it more personal. Plus, she is an excellent reader, loved the tone and clarity of her voice.I have always admired her down to earth manner, the way she is with her family and that she didn't let being first lady change her priorities. From the beginning of the book, as we meet her fam...
  • Hannah Greendale
    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.
  • Arya
    Just to be up front, I voted for Barack in both 2008 and 2012, I’m male, not white, a naturally born citizen who generally vote Democrat. Since this book was written by a somewhat polarizing person I thought being upfront on who I am made sense in todays world of identity politics. Also, I borrowed my friends EPUB and read it on his computer which is why it doesn’t say “verified purchaser” next to my name and the references I have below i...
  • Jessica Jeffers
    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-...
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    Michelle Obama AKA our lord and saviour AKA an actual INSPIRATION!
  • 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...
  • Holly
    I wanted to start off my 2019 reading with a book that would be uplifting and hopeful for a better new year, so I of course picked Michelle "when they go low, we go high" Obama's book. I'm totally giving this 5, absolutely biased, stars. #sorrynotsorryWhat is there to say about a woman who empowers others, supports children, is a dynamic force for change, has boundless empathy, and manages to be realistic but not cynical? She's the kind of person...
  • Helene Jeppesen
    This was my first read of 2019, and what a beautiful start to my reading year! “Becoming” by Michelle Obama is one of the better, well-written autobiographies I’ve ever read, which surprises me since I didn’t realize Michelle Obama was that good of a writer. That being said, I didn’t know much about her to begin with, so reading about her childhood and upbringing as well as her Princeton and Harvard educations was eye-opening and engros...
  • 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...