By Michelle Obama,

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An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir; 17 million copies sold worldwide





Now in paperback featuring a new introduction by Michelle Obama,…

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Why read it?

6 authors picked Becoming as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I had the honor of getting to know Michelle Obama when I worked in the White House, and she–along with her book–is every bit as dazzling and inspiring as you’d expect.

In the book, as in life, she insists on being authentically who she is - despite the string of “firsts” in her life, including being the country’s first African American First Lady, there is no pretension to her. Only honesty. This is a rare and wonderful book by a rare and wonderful human and a great source of inspiration.

From Cecilia's list on inspirational books for women color.

As someone deeply invested in themes of self-discovery and finding inner strength, Michelle Obama's book resonated profoundly with me. Through her candid storytelling, she takes readers on a journey of personal growth, navigating the complexities of identity, purpose, and resilience.

One of the most compelling aspects of the book is her unwavering commitment to authenticity, which inspired how I wanted my own memoir to be seen. She fearlessly confronts the challenges and triumphs that shaped her journey, offering invaluable insights into the power of self-reflection and self-empowerment.

Michelle Obama's narrative highlights the importance of embracing vulnerability as a catalyst for…

From Wakisha's list on discovering a path to a better you.

I’ve done extensive writing about the Holistic Wealth mindset that I developed, and about women who embody this mindset including Michelle Obama.

Her story of becoming the first African American first lady on the life experiences that shaped her journey from the south side of Chicago to the White House. Michelle titled her book Becoming because she is constantly evolving, “becoming” the woman she aspires to be, which is part and parcel of the Holistic Wealth mindset.

It’s a great book on resilience and overcoming setbacks. Michelle stated in an interview with Oprah Winfrey: “My journey is the journey of…

From Keisha's list on resilience and overcoming setbacks.

I grew up in Washington, DC with a front row view of politics. As a child and adult, I went to the East and West Wings of the White House many times as a personal guest of the people who lived and worked there. However, Michelle Obama’s book was the first time I understood what it truly feels like to live in the White House and to be the most powerful, most scrutinized “trailing spouse” ever. As I read her words, I felt like I knew her – a brilliant, grounded businesswoman, wife, and mother with an unexpected and extraordinary…

From Leslie's list on to make you love being a woman.

What is not to like about Michelle Obama? She is honest and forthright about her joys and struggles. This girl from the South Side of Chicago navigated a world that wasn’t always easy and went on to achieve some of the highest honors and opportunities. She is an inspiration.

In this intimate memoir of a future first lady of the United States, we learn how the author’s father modeled hard work while her mother taught her to stand up for herself. From her older brother, with whom she shared a bedroom, divided by a hanging bedsheet, Obama learned to exhibit poise and grace when faced with the dizzying contradictions of success.

From Vivian's list on Black family life in America.

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