Becoming by Michelle Obama


“As serendipity sometimes happens, I began listening to this memoir while wrapping up Americanah.  Obama’s first election plays a role in that book, so it emphasized many of the themes and the timeline covered by Obama.  I would totally recommend these together as a complimentary “book flight.”This is more than a book about what it means to be a First Lady.  In reflecting on her entire life starting with her earliest memories and her life growing up on the Southside of Chicago, we come to learn what shaped and motivated Michelle to chose her life paths.  We are provided with a unique perspective of what it means to be a high achieving black woman in a high achieving white world.  In this complex weaving of her life, we learn about Michelle as a daughter, a sister, a wife, and a mother.  She goes from being Barack Obama’s wife to a person with her own interesting life story to tell.”

- Cori, Bookseller and Podcaster

From Penguin Random House:

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."