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Becoming by Michelle Obama

Becoming by Michelle Obama – a book review

Becoming is a remarkable story, beautifully crafted and inspired by a childhood spent in a rough and tumble neighborhood of the Southside of Chicago. The remarkable finesse of Michelle Obama’s prose shines through the stories of her childhood when she lived with her loving parents and brother.

One of the mesmeric lines of the book: “Now I think it’s one of the most useless questions an adult can ask a child – What do you want to be when you grow up?

As if growing up is finite. As if at some point you become something and that’s the end.”

This and so many other honest and fresh perspectives makes one feel like they are spending a lazy afternoon with a childhood friend. Her wit and warmth underlie the stories of her childhood, her journey to the halls of the Ivy League, and the White House.

She discusses her life story in three parts: Becoming Me, Becoming Us, and Becoming More.  “Becoming More” talks about her life in the White House; the incredible story of the first Black First Lady. The way how she uses her magnetic charisma and kind heart to make a change. “Becoming Us” chronicles her married life. “Becoming Me” is a section that stands out, offering a glimpse over her life before marriage to Barack Obama; her childhood, her life in Princeton, and in Harvard. Her resilience and determination to achieve what she did, are extraordinary.

Overall it is a compelling and inspiring tale of an African American woman who went on to reach unimaginable heights, In a country that predominantly places a higher value on being male and being white. It offers deep reflection and enthralling stories of phenomenal life, all at the same time, and is a must-read.

A book review by one of the editorial members of the next chapter. VIT’s official book club(link below)


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