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Becoming
Becoming | 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 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.
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MelHopton
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Bailedbailed

I'm sorry, I bailed after she had been at The White House a while. It was a fascinating insight into a mindset and way of being that she developed through a determined childhood and adolescence. The rise to power was great to read, but I think she should have stopped there - I get why she didn't, as she is more than just a First Lady and wouldn't want to be defined as having 'made it' when she entered the White House - I just stopped caring. Good.

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dabbe
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Eggs Well done 👍🏼 12mo
dabbe @Eggs 🤩 12mo
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violettemeier
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Pickpick

What can I say, she's an incredible lady.

Zoes_Human I tell you what though. I was absolutely shocked to learn from this that Barack doesn‘t like macaroni and cheese. I didn‘t even think that was possible! 12mo
violettemeier @Zoes_Human 😂😅🤣 12mo
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Susanita
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Etta James was unhappy with Beyoncé singing #atlast during the inaugural ball, but I thought it was fine. ??‍♀️

#volumesandvocals

Eggs 📚🎶📚 13mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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"I understand now that even a happy marriage can be a vexation, and it's a contract best renewed, and renewed again even quietly and privately; even alone."

#audiowalk

Saknicole Beautiful view! 13mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 13mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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"Failure is a feeling long before it becomes an actual result..."

#Audiowalk

Branwen ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
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PaperbackPirate
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I did not reach my goal of 20 chapters (I blame the naps), but I did take a big bite out of this book, so thank you @Andrew65 !

#20in4 #Readathon

Andrew65 That's excellent, well done and thanks for taking part 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂 14mo
PaperbackPirate Thanks again @Andrew65 ! 🙌📚 14mo
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PaperbackPirate
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Finished 5/20 chapters today for the #20in4 #Readathon. I‘m up to the proposal.

Lots of time today to read and nap!

How‘s it going for you @Andrew65 ?

Andrew65 Hope you had a great day 😁 14mo
PaperbackPirate Thank you @Andrew65 I did! 13mo
Andrew65 @PaperbackPirate Great 😍 13mo
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PaperbackPirate
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Happy #20in4 #Readathon everyone!

My goal is to read 20 chapters in the next 3 days. That will take me to end of Becoming and a few chapters into my next book.

Today was my last day of school so I only got 2 pages read. Looking forward to having more time to read!

Thank you for hosting @Andrew65 !

kspenmoll Enjoy your time off! 14mo
Andrew65 No doubt you will need some time to recover following getting to the last day of school. Great to have you with us. Good luck 😁 14mo
PaperbackPirate Thank you @kspenmoll !! 📚😴 14mo
PaperbackPirate You know so well @Andrew65 ! Thank you! 😵📚 14mo
Andrew65 @PaperbackPirate Working in education is so exhausting! Schools here on half-term this coming week but still got another 7 week half-term after that. (edited) 14mo
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Moll
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1y
Moll @TheAromaofBooks 😁 😁 😁 1y
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SMH86
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Pickpick

Especially enjoyed the former first Lady reading this book to me.

LoverOfLearning YES the audiobook was so well done. 1y
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rileyherrin
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Hi everyone! My name is Riley and I am an avid reader. Tonight I finished “Becoming” by Michelle Obama. This is the 2nd memoir I‘ve read this year. There is something good about switching up my typical Mystery/Thriller or Raunchy Romance (hehe) with someone real. Thank you @wisherwishinguponastar for introducing me to this app! Here‘s to trying to figure it out, one book at a time ✨ Goal: 23/75

Deblovestoread Welcome to Litsy! 📚💜 1y
rileyherrin @Deblovestoread thank you 😍🤗 1y
marleed Welcome!! 1y
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wisherwishinguponastar Good luck with your goal!!! You got this!!!! 1y
rileyherrin @marleed thank you!!! 1y
LoverOfLearning Great book! Great Photo! Welcome to Litsy! Good luck with your goal! Keep up Posted more often! 1y
PaperbackPirate Welcome to Litsy! Try visiting @LitsyWelcomeWagon for some helpful links. 14mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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#audiowalking

Today I went on my second audiowalk. Need to get used to the feeling. Normally I'm either savouring the silence or bopping along to my tunes, like, shawty fire burning on the dancefloooor oh whoa ohhhh....🎶💅🏻🎶

Bit worried that every time I walk past people I'm lost in concentration / frowning at the floor trying to take in the book 😅😅

Still, it's combining reading and exercise so I'm going to give myself a sticker ✌🏻😘

JamieArc Sticker well deserved 👏🏼😁 (edited) 1y
Leftcoastzen Looks like a lovely place to walk. 1y
julesG Well deserved! 1y
Suet624 I know exactly how you feel. 1y
RaeLovesToRead @JamieArc @Leftcoastzen @julesG @Suet624 Thanks everyone! 😊 (They are actually literal stickers, too 😅). The trail is a lovely walk, but better when it's not Winter 1y
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Gingerbikerchick
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I have no love or interest in politics but highly recommend this. A beautiful person who has taken opportunities of life to be a good person to say the least. Enlightening look from a black woman‘s perspective, having come from a humble background. I‘m inspired and enlightened and want to hug Michelle for being as genuine as possible.

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Federoca
Becoming | Michelle Obama
Mehso-so

I was expecting a book about women empowerment and the first part of the book really got to me. Going onwards with my read I lost interest. A bit too political and sometimes felt a bit like self propaganda.
American politic is really far from my day to day life, probably that's why this book didn't talk to me that much

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mandarchy
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I have a lot to say about this book. 1. I love how cautious the Obamas were with their daughters. 2. How could Michelle be so surprised by Barack's trajectory (like she didn't think she should date him to she didn't see herself as the wife of a politician). What a post turtle! 3. She really exposed the sexist expectation that the first lady act as a national hostess/fashion icon. Better her than me!

Kristin_Reads I loved hearing the behind the scenes stories and about her family growing up. 2y
mandarchy @Kristin_Reads her dad's car! And the piano recital: that opened my eyes. It made me think about students during assessments and how one thing could make them freeze. 2y
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mandarchy
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Finally getting around to reading this. So far, I ❤️ her description of losing middle C at the recital. And her dad had me worried I'm house poor. But upon reassessment, I think I'm depressed because of inflation.

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mom2bugnbee
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I decided to ask friends from Facebook for their recommendations for this challenge - love the diversity of genres shown here!

Soubhiville I did the same! I‘m waiting for 4 more spaces to fill. Nice variety there! 2y
Suet624 Fascinating choices. 2y
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Kshakal
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abbyreadz
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I love her so much and her book. It was so informative and I feel like I really know her and what she went through.

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booklover3258
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Bailedbailed

My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/KPTVop4WXWQ

Enjoy!

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OrangeMooseReads
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My best find today. I think I paid $2 at Goodwill it looks like it was never read or even flipped through 😮 the dust jacket is a little dinged but I think that may have happened in the bag.
I‘ve read it via the audio which is amazing and I love that I have a physical copy now.

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JuliaTheBookNerd
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Loved this book! Michelle Obama is AMAZING 🤩

#CelebBookclubPick ⭐️ #BookMoods 😊📚

#BookNerd 🤓📚💙

Eggs 📚📚 2y
Susanita 😁 2y
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Susanita
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Audiobook is excellent. #CelebBookClubPick (Oprah) #bookmoods

JuliaTheBookNerd I picked the same book 😊 2y
Eggs 📚📚 2y
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LibraryCin
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I liked this. She is an amazing woman and an amazing speaker. There are still some things that I don‘t understand about American politics (I‘m Canadian), but I learned a few things, too. And it really was an interesting look behind the scenes of the Obamas lives, as well as behind the scenes in the White House. I like that she really seems down-to-earth and was all about (as much as she could be) keeping her daughter‘s lives as normal as possible

all_4_kb She‘s a true gem! The book was good- just like Barack‘s book! ❤️ 2y
ravenlee I don‘t think it‘s possible to truly understand American politics… 2y
LibraryCin @kbibliophilific i havent read his. Guess maybe i should! @ravenlee lol! 2y
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JohnLAndBenji
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Michelle tells about the major things that shaped her life. She tells about what changed her the good, the bad, and the ugly. She tells about her being prejudged and discriminated against for her skin and gender and how the people she‘s close to affected her life. She brings up issues that they face in Barak‘s presidency. She was totally capable of acing on her bar exam, but she was busy with life to study. There‘s never a dull moment.

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MindyK59
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I enjoyed reading this memoir by Michelle Obama. It was very interesting and well written. She really gave an inside look to campaigning for elective office and also to being the First Lady of the United States.

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Lizthewiz
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Really enjoyed listening to Becoming, and especially loved that it was read by Michelle Obama. This book gave me insights that I hadn‘t known or thought about, and honestly made me miss the days when she was First Lady. Definitely recommend, even if you don‘t agree with her politics.

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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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Loved Michelle Obama's memoir!

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JackOBotts
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Becoming has been on my Book Club‘s TBR list for some time now, and I‘m so glad that we‘ve finally made this our January ‘22 selection! I‘m sure the audiobook is phenomenal, but I could hear her voice as I read the text. Her story, her perspective, her advice was compelling. Highly recommend.

JackOBotts And today is Michelle Obama‘s birthday! Couldn‘t have planned it if I tried! 🥳🎂 3y
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HiMyNames_Alyssa
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If you haven't read this book, you should. I could leave a long review about the powerful messages and how elegantly she retells trying times. But honestly, it wouldn't do it justice. Just read it.
And if I may suggest, listen to it read by the author herself as I did.

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BethHagey
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*****

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JackOBotts
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My #lastfirst reads for 2021/2022 will be the tagged (Becoming), which I started yesterday for my Book Club‘s January pick, but I‘m ready to start my first #NYWD22 pick on Saturday (Ban This Book!).

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Erin.Elizabeth10
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AHH so good!!! I finally had the courage to tackle all 19 hours of this audiobook, but I flew through it! It was much more detailed and interesting than I even thought it was going to be. I found myself crying at certain moments! I want to try reading more autobiographies and memoirs.

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jfoster
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Current read on audible.

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Sargar114
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When I was on maternity leave, I found myself googling all sorts of things and stumbled upon the various places you can send birth announcements and possibly get responses. My boys were born in 2016 so I managed to send this out under the wire and so thankful I will forever have this momento for them. Anyway the husband got me this book 3 years ago when it came out, so finally picked it up in anticipation for #obamabuddyread 🔽

Sargar114 I have no idea why it took me so long to read because she is an amazing human being. I loved her rawness and vulnerability as well as her focus and determination. I didn‘t realize all she had accomplished and learning her roots makes that even more interesting. 🔽 (edited) 3y
Sargar114 I also read a little more than half and did audiobook for the rest of it as I was worried cause non-fiction can be tough for me to read and wanted to finish by December. But it wasn‘t really an issue and was happy to absorb this one in any format. 3y
Chrissyreadit How fun! I had no idea about birth announcements- amazing. 3y
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OutsmartYourShelf
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Mehso-so

I'll preface this review by saying that I'm not from the US so I didn't really know a lot about the Obamas as I never really took that much notice of them or indeed US politics in general. Now, it is a good read but I found myself feeling a little disappointed with it. I felt that the WH section of their life was rushed through compared to earlier years. Overall, I liked it but I didn't love it. 3⭐

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Macnjen
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Excellent read about Michelle Obama‘s story. Fast paced, well written and very interesting. #litsyatoz challenge for the letter O.

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JenniferEgnor
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I loved this bio. Michelle was never one to be in the spotlight—but here, we get to know her, her experiences, her thoughts, how she felt. She was a remarkable FLOTUS, and a woman I have so much respect for her. I‘ll never forget her words: “When they go low, we go high.” The Obamas continue to be an inspiration for so many.

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JohnLAndBenji
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I purchased this book today for my kindle app. I look forward to reading it.

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Emu
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Mehso-so

I liked the first and the last third. The middle third was more meehh. #summer2021 #sommerstak

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Habeeba
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Random thought while reading 💥💫
Reading does make me feel happy. 🥳

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Habeeba
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Something to ponder. ✌

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umbrellagirl
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Nashoba Valley Winery.

Laughterhp How is that winery? I‘ve never been there but it‘s on my list since it‘s only like 40 mins away. 3y
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Kris10H
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⚡
I kind of put off reading this for quite some time, but I'm glad I finally got around to it. I really enjoyed reading about her childhood, learning about her inner drive and her many accomplishments. She is an impressive woman!

Sangeetarelan She sure is ! 3y
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