Book review: “Becoming” by Michelle Obama

This is a very well written and interesting book leaving the reader engrossed, once started. Mrs. Michelle Obama and Mr. Barrack Obama are the 44th First Family and the 11th family to spend two terms in the White House. They would always be the first Black one. The motto they tried to live by is ‘When they go low, we go high’ – a really difficult motto to adhere to!

Going through the book, one cannot miss noticing the sincerity and honesty of the Author. Michelle has no hesitation in revealing that she grew up with a disabled dad, in too small a house, with not much money. She firmly believes that one doesn’t need to live up to some established ideal or to feel inferior, simply because the skin is dark or the hips are wide.

It depends upon which way you want to tell the story. You may dare to tell it differently. Ever wondered why the book is titled ‘ Becoming’?

You get your answers as you go through the pages of the voluminous book. ‘Becoming’ is not about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim, it is evolving, a way to reach toward a better self. It requires equal parts of patience and rigour.

It is about never giving up on the idea that there is more growing up to be done.

She is not content with merely basking in the glory of her husband, the President of United States of America. She wants to prove to the world that she can and will as an individual, contribute to the betterment of fellow human beings.

In a nut shell, her firm belief in life is ‘ being President ‘ doesn’t change who you are ….. it in fact, reveals ……. who you are!

The book deserves not just one read, but several reads, to fully understand and appreciate what ‘The First Lady’ is and how noble her thoughts are!


Published by Musings of a GO

I am an engineer who worked in almost all branches of the Telecom Department of Government of India. I consider myself to be cool and collected at all times, myself being the operative word .....! I am a homebird and love being with my family. I miss my loving wife of more than five decades ..... she left for her Heavenly abode two years ago.

6 thoughts on “Book review: “Becoming” by Michelle Obama

  1. Wow! What a great review- it’s very precise.

    I read the book too and loved the idea of ever evolving based on our seasons of life and circumstances- all the while aiming to be a better self.

    Great post- keep them coming!


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