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This week’s review:
Becoming | Michelle Obama | 2018, 426 pages | Nonfiction/Autobiography
In Michelle Obama’s superbly written autobiography, she invites readers into her world, from growing up in the South Side of Chicago with a working-class family to the romantic relationship that blossomed between her and Barack. Michelle doesn’t hold back on the tumultuous ride on which life has taken her. She is open and honest about her feelings on politics and her personal mishaps (such as touching the Queen of England).
She gives readers an inside look at what life is actually like inside the White House. Extensive and exhaustive precautions are taken to ensure the First Family’s safety. Michelle is forthright about the stifling feel of the nation’s most famous address. She describes not being able to open any windows for fresh air due to safety concerns. Yet Michelle worked with Secret Service to loosen some of these restrictions, wanting a somewhat normal childhood for her two daughters, and an occasional incognito Target run for herself.
Michelle’s message is clear, concise and repeated throughout the book: Am I good enough? Yes, I am. She picks up this thread when discussing her childhood insecurities at her high-performing high school, and masterfully weaves it into her position of first lady of the United States. Michelle then reverses the message and puts it toward not only the initiatives for children and veterans she spearheaded as FLOTUS, but to the reader: Are you good enough? Yes, you are.
Ashley Miller, Library Technician