Those who know me well, know that I am a big fan of the Obama family.
One of my latest 2019 read was Becoming by Michelle Obama.
Those who know me really well also know that I like to read biographies and autobiographies.
In her book, Obama seems far from being pretentious. She admits not knowing enough about America, life, and the future. Yet, she was courageous enough to talk about one thing she knows well: herself.
Obama chose to write her story in order to challenge readers to think through what she did as she was writing her book – answer two key questions: who we are and who do we want to become.
This is a big biography exceeding 400 pages that Obama split into three major parts: becoming me, becoming us, and becoming more.
The first one talks about how she grew up, the second about her family and entourage, and the third – my very favorite – relates to Michelle Obama as first lady for the United States of America.
I am not only sensitive about this book because it is my genre. I am in fact more sensitive considering it is the autobiography of yet another strong woman.
There are many parts in the book I relate to; however the strongest part is when she speaks about her parents and how devoted they were. She writes that they consider their two children as “their investment”.
In association with the theory of Viktor Frankl about finding meaning (with reference to logo-therapy), I found this book and Obama’s life filled with meaning. She is definitely one of the most iconic women of our centuries and I take pride in her relation with Oprah and their mutual endorsement as two compelling women.
What Obama did is not just tell her story. Now we know why she designed an inclusive White House. Obama spends time writing her stories that continue to contribute to her “becoming” journey.
Some thought this book is too personal. It is. Nevertheless, isn’t everything personal as such universal?
I hope for one thing – that Obama does not stop writing. If you are in the Americas make sure to check this website; you may be interested in an intimate conversation with Michelle.
PS Her book is better than his
Who should read this book: Those who enjoy learning from others
Why you should read this book: To learn about one of the most influential women of our era
Book genre: Non-fiction, autobiography
This is a must-read. It is a sweeping attempt to explain not only poverty (1.29 billion people struggling to survive on less than USD 1.25 per day) but various forms of gut-wrenching world problems.
Sexy stories: know how to tell them but do not believe them. Every best seller is ephemeral. Realization is inwards.
My friend and frequent contributor Ken used to live in the Middle East where I got to meet him. He is not only passionate about this part of the world. He is also one among the few expats I know who embraces the Middle East and understands it.
You must have noticed the changes to the look and feel of my website. I hope you like it as much as I do.
Why nations fail by D. Acemoglu and J. Robinsonby styleabille October 19, 2019
Perspectives and narratives | Story #5by styleabille October 12, 2019
Lawrence in Arabia: war, deceit, imperial folly, and the making of the modern Middle East by Scott Andersonby ken-mckellar September 30, 2019
Did you like it?by styleabille September 30, 2019