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Becoming av Michelle Obama
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Becoming (utgåvan 2018)

av Michelle Obama (Författare)

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"An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States. When she was a little girl, Michelle Robinson's world was the South Side of Chicago, where she and her brother, Craig, shared a bedroom in their family's upstairs apartment and played catch in the park, and where her parents, Fraser and Marian Robinson, raised her to be outspoken and unafraid. But life soon took her much further afield, from the halls of Princeton, where she learned for the first time what if felt like to be the only black woman in a room, to the glassy office tower where she worked as a high-powered corporate lawyer--and where, one summer morning, a law student named Barack Obama appeared in her office and upended all her carefully made plans. Here, for the first time, Michelle Obama describes the early years of her marriage as she struggles to balance her work and family with her husband's fast-moving political career. She takes us inside their private debate over whether he should make a run for the presidency and her subsequent role as a popular but oft-criticized figure during his campaign. Narrating with grace, good humor, and uncommon candor, she provides a vivid, behind-the-scenes account of her family's history-making launch into the global limelight as well as their life inside the White House over eight momentous years--as she comes to know her country and her country comes to know her. [This book] takes us through modest Iowa kitchens and ballrooms at Buckingham Palace, through moments of heart-stopping grief and profound resilience, bringing us deep into the soul of a singular, groundbreaking figure in history as she strives to live authentically, marshaling her personal strength and voice in service of a set of higher ideals. In telling her story with honesty and boldness, she issues a challenge to the rest of us: Who are we and who do we want to become?"--Jacket.… (mer)
Medlem:PJTal
Titel:Becoming
Författare:Michelle Obama (Författare)
Info:Crown Publishing Group (2018), Edition: 1st, 448 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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I'm usually not all that interested in first ladies, but I thought Michelle Obama might have an interesting perspective on the events of her husband's presidency and what has happened since then. She does, but it takes quite a while to get there.

This book is Michelle Obama's full autobiography, starting with her lower-middle-class childhood on the South Side of Chicago, through her Ivy League school days and early career at a swanky law firm, to her courtship and marriage to Barack Obama, and her transformation into someone she never expected to be--a political wife.

The narrative gets a little redundant and self-described "detail person" Michelle Obama goes from topic to topic and doesn't discuss any single incident in very much detail. I found myself skimming through some sections. Still, the later parts of this book provide a warm and even inspirational look back at Barack Obama's presidency, an era that, oddly, seems like a long time ago. ( )
  akblanchard | Feb 17, 2021 |
Enjoyed this book especially because it sheds a light on the background & life of Michelle Obama, with some views of Barack and their married life. Especially meaningful were her discussions of the female mentors she has had through her life. ( )
  VictoriaJZ | Feb 13, 2021 |
In this brilliantly deliberate memoir, Obama reflects on the journey that is her life. She shares how an educationally-driven, middle-class, African-American girl from the south-side of Chicago could become First Lady of the United States. With the highest decency, she shares how she raised two girls while in the public eye and how she joined with her husband in carrying a difficult nation. Through her words, she courageously fights for the soul of a country, for decency and honor over pettiness and cynicism.

Obama contends that she never liked politics. She consistently turns her nose up at its ugliness and bitterness. She does not understand Republicans’ visceral recoil from her husband’s bold initiatives. At specific points, she hints at latent racism within the American soul. Yet she still admonishes readers to the value of education, learning, and working with the American system. Despite opposition, she clings to the reformist message. She is utterly reasonable even in the face of opposing hatred and strife.

Obama’s memoir hits all of the strengths of good reflective writing. Avoiding cliche, she digs deep into her own soul for her words. At times, she points the way forward; at other times, she lets others do the task for her. She does not over-intellectualize and treats her fellow travelers in life with foundational respect. In a balanced way, she seeks to understand more than to be understood, to listen to her neighbors rather than to pontificate. She exhibits the dignity of a black woman who has often been excluded and minimized from national discussions.

Although this book bears witness to the history of politics, it is relatively apolitical. Obama does not seek to settle disputes. Her most impactful assertion is that children need healthy diets – hardly a contentious issue. Instead, she tries to respect the worth of her journey and her integrity. Her feminine voice bespeaks strength without hiding behind a profession. She speaks to the house-mom who cares about the world around her.

I doubt a lot of conservatives will like this work or even read this work. In particular, readers should be aware that she speaks negatively about the rise of Donald Trump (though in a voice that reflects a firm parent more than a bitter rivalry). Conservatives’ visceral recoil is misplaced, though. Those who dislike Obama because of her political affiliation will miss out on a supreme and excellent character that reflects highly upon America, the black race, and the Obama family. Listening carefully to different viewpoints has always been a necessary part of democracy, and I hope that this practice continues to the next generation. Obama’s memoir is an appropriate place to begin such a journey. ( )
  scottjpearson | Feb 4, 2021 |
Not a fan of the Obama administration, I got a new outlook on POTUS from the perspective of FLOTUS. "Becoming" is a story of rising from poverty to success. She writes of growing up in a large city (Chicago), growing and evolving. She writes of meeting Barak Obama and following him through life. She narrates the book, which was irritating because her accent substitutes "ch" for "t" sounds...noticed it at first and it followed her throughout the 20 hour book. All in all, a fresh perspective for me. ( )
  buffalogr | Jan 28, 2021 |
Add not being married to a natural born US citizen to my list of things to be thankful for... ;-) ( )
  giovannaz63 | Jan 18, 2021 |
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The summary of Obama’s White House initiatives relies on promotional language and well-worn anecdotes, and the book’s final pages are just a shade away from an overt advertisement for the Obama Foundation. The memoir’s “bombshell” revelations, which the media has projected as revelations of the female condition writ large—a discussion of Obama’s use of fertility treatment to conceive her daughters, and of a period of her marriage in which “frustrations began to rear up often and intensely”—belie how much the rest of the text withholds.
 
I suspect that some of Becoming’s power lies in the ways it employs the techniques of a novel more than those of a typical political memoir—in its honesty about human nature and ambivalence, yes, but also in its colorful and idiosyncratic details ... in its willingness to let anecdotes speak for themselves rather than pedantically spelling out their lessons.
 
Becoming is frequently funny, sometimes indignant or enraged, and when Michelle describes her father’s early death from multiple sclerosis it turns rawly emotional.
tillagd av g33kgrrl | ändraThe Guardian, Peter Conrad (Nov 18, 2018)
 
But despite how close we get to her voice here, it’s never quite close enough. She lets us into all kinds of memories, including tender recollections, romantic dates, and triumphant moments on the campaign trail. But for all her candidness, there is still a veil of privacy around the inner workings of this reluctant public figure. She draws the reader in, but pauses at arm’s length. Maybe this is all we can expect, in text, from this woman with so much presence. As she says herself, she’s more of a hugger.
tillagd av g33kgrrl | ändraVanity Fair, Sonia Saraiya (Nov 15, 2018)
 
Even if Becoming is not always interesting, it is much more interesting than it needed to be to qualify as a successful first lady memoir. And as an example of how to walk the tightrope — how to seem charming but not like an intellectual lightweight; how to get things done without seeming threatening; how to do all of the impossible things we demand of women in general, of first ladies in particular, and of the first black first lady as an absolute — Becoming is a straight-up master class.
tillagd av g33kgrrl | ändraVox, Constance Grady (Nov 13, 2018)
 

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To all the people who have helped me become:

the folks who raised me---Fraser, Marian, Craig,
and my vast extended family,

my circle of strong women, who always lift me up,

my loyal and dedicated staff, who continue to make me proud.
To the loves of my life:

Malia and Sasha, my two most precious peas,
who are my reason for being,

and finally, Barack, who always promised me an interesting journey.
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When I was a kid, my aspirations were simple. (Preface)
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Grief and resilience live together.
I spent much of my childhood listening to the sound of striving.
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"An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States. When she was a little girl, Michelle Robinson's world was the South Side of Chicago, where she and her brother, Craig, shared a bedroom in their family's upstairs apartment and played catch in the park, and where her parents, Fraser and Marian Robinson, raised her to be outspoken and unafraid. But life soon took her much further afield, from the halls of Princeton, where she learned for the first time what if felt like to be the only black woman in a room, to the glassy office tower where she worked as a high-powered corporate lawyer--and where, one summer morning, a law student named Barack Obama appeared in her office and upended all her carefully made plans. Here, for the first time, Michelle Obama describes the early years of her marriage as she struggles to balance her work and family with her husband's fast-moving political career. She takes us inside their private debate over whether he should make a run for the presidency and her subsequent role as a popular but oft-criticized figure during his campaign. Narrating with grace, good humor, and uncommon candor, she provides a vivid, behind-the-scenes account of her family's history-making launch into the global limelight as well as their life inside the White House over eight momentous years--as she comes to know her country and her country comes to know her. [This book] takes us through modest Iowa kitchens and ballrooms at Buckingham Palace, through moments of heart-stopping grief and profound resilience, bringing us deep into the soul of a singular, groundbreaking figure in history as she strives to live authentically, marshaling her personal strength and voice in service of a set of higher ideals. In telling her story with honesty and boldness, she issues a challenge to the rest of us: Who are we and who do we want to become?"--Jacket.

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