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Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’, a story of perseverance and strength

Aimee Dawis

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, May 24, 2019  /  12:01 pm
Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’, a story of perseverance and strength

Book tour: Former US first lady Michelle Obama smiles during a visit to Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in London during her tour to promote her memoir, ‘Becoming’. (Agence France-Presse/Ben Stansall)

I laughed. I cried. I was inspired.  With crisp and powerful prose, Michelle Obama’s Becoming is a must-read memoir that is packed with hard truths and moving real-life examples. Obama begins her story at the end of her husband’s second term, when she had settled back into their “real” home. It was the first time that she could open the windows to let the fresh spring air into her house. The White House, she observed, had beautiful windows that could never be opened for safety reasons. In the tranquility of her home, Obama beckons us into her life’s journey, starting at Chicago’s southside. As a child of African-American parents who never finished their community college degrees, Obama always felt that she had to prove herself to the world. “I’ll show you,” she said, with a determination that I found truly remarkable. ...