Based on the astronomical sales for Becoming, I know I'm not alone in wanting an inside look at what life was like for the Obama family from 2008-2017. Watching from the outside, it seemed like an inspiring tale of historic wins and hope for a brighter future. I could only imagine what it would be like to experience that firsthand. Becoming is far more nuanced than I thought it would be and it entirely exceeded my expectations. The former First Lady moves through her entire life thus far to capture the historic presidency which elevated her to a household name, what it means to be in the public eye, her charitable work in Chicago, her work as an attorney, and how conflicted she felt at times about her husband's political aspirations. It was easily one of my top books of 2018 and I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a glimpse into White House life during the Obama years.
An intimate memoir by the former First Lady chronicles the experiences that have shaped her remarkable life, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago through her setbacks and achievements in the White House.