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Book Review Becoming by Michelle Obama

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Fascinating.  Forget the politics and just for a moment think about the journey.  This woman’s journey is fascinating.

Raised in a tiny apartment in the Southside of Chicago. Despite their economic and racial status, Michelle Robinson Obama’s parents made sure she had lofty goals…and reached them.  Good enough.  With occasional doubts she constantly reminded herself that yes, she was good enough.

Good enough to be accepted into one of Chicago’s best high schools.  Good enough to be accepted into Princeton.  Good enough to be accepted to Harvard Law.  And good enough to make a difference in the lives of many people, including her own family.

Michelle Obama’s unlikely rise from a working class Chicago family to First Lady of the United States was more than good enough.  In her climb she remained graceful, focused, family centric and kind.  Never a politician, she focused on what she loved most of all – people.  Particularly children and military families.  Through her work she gave inspiration to women and girls, minorities and the poor throughout the USA and the world.  And in her book Becoming, she describes it all, in a matter-of-fact writing style punctuated with  honesty and tears, laughter and pain.

Worth the read to see the inside working’s of the unofficial position of First Lady, the inside workings of a brilliant American woman and the inside working’s of approaching an exceptional life with an exceptional focus and positive attitude.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Four stars for Becoming.

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  • Reply Lisa Tompkins

    I am just finishing this book and I have really enjoyed learning more about Michelle Obama. I was always impressed by her before, but love her even more! She is so down-to-earth, loving, positive and always gracious. As an aside, I am shocked by what the President’s family is expected to pay for out of pocket! I am excited to talk about this with my book club! Hope you are doing well, Laury!

    January 9, 2019 at 8:56 am
    • Reply Laureen

      I found that a shock as well.

      January 10, 2019 at 10:53 am
  • Reply Nancy Rimel

    I wrote a review of Becoming for a magazine. Publishing in February. I would love your feedback. I love writing reviews of “the arts”- movies, books and film festivals.


    January 9, 2019 at 8:59 am
    • Reply Laureen

      I’d love to read it.

      January 10, 2019 at 10:53 am
  • Reply Debra Sidor Tanner

    Just finishing this book now Laureen. I am so impressed with her focus and resolve. I also found her extremely believable- that is to say, her value system is pretty well lined up with my own. I think she is an amazing women and the personal glimpse inside campaigning and the White House was a treat!

    January 9, 2019 at 10:06 am
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