You’ve seen her doing pushups with Ellen, discussing vegetables with Sesame Street’s Big Bird and declaring, “When they go low, we go high,” at the 2015 Democratic Convention. And you watched as she became America’s first African American First Lady, glowing with daughters Malia and Sasha as her husband Barack Obama took the presidential oath of office. In this powerful and beautifully crafted memoir, Michelle Obama invites you to relive her journey, from the tough South Shore neighborhood of Chicago, through the hallowed halls of the Ivy League and along the rough road that led to the White House. Michelle writes with wit, depth and insight, not only about her time as First Lady, but also about universal experiences such as losing a father, falling in love, having a child and attempting to balance a career and motherhood. She explores issues of public education and race as she retraces her early years, describes how she met and started a family with Barack, and discusses the couple’s entrée into politics. Finally, Michelle brings readers into the White House, sharing her struggles to adapt to life in the public eye and define her role as First Lady. Throughout, her honesty, optimism, authenticity and sense of wonder shine through.
These are the successive stages of “becoming” Obama has, retrospectively, identified as the formative periods of her life:
About the Author
Michelle Obama is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, a former lawyer and executive director in the nonprofit sector. She was the First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017.