Tuesday, September 8, 2020



Author: Michelle Obama

Publisher: Crown

Year: 2018


“I spent much of my childhood listening to the sound of striving.”

Michelle Obama’s autobiography doesn’t reveal any political bombshells. Instead she discusses growing up in a working class family in Chicago’s South Side and surrounded by family. She was a feisty kid and a driven student. After college and law school, she went to work in a big law firm in Chicago and that’s where she met her future husband. 

She discusses juggling her career and motherhood along with her husband’s burgeoning political career. She says she never liked or had much of an interest in politics and she had to grow into campaigning. I liked her behind the scenes look at life in the White House. 

The former First Lady keeps politics to a minimum and instead focuses on family, finding her voice and using it to help others especially children and disadvantaged youth. Her writing style is casual and yet intimate. Reading her book feels like she’s chatting with you over a friendly lunch. 

Politics aside, Michelle Obama’s story is one of family, community, hard word, gratitude and love. 

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