Becoming, by Michelle Obama, 2020

The Gist

The former First lady tells of her shaping experiences in a well-written chronicle. from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent in the White House. This book is over 400 pages but worth the time.

What’s Good

It’s very open and honest. The book’s 24 chapters (plus a preface and epilogue) are divided into three sections: Becoming Me, Becoming Us, and Becoming More.


It’s really about a woman’s journey. She describes herself, after all her successes, as a woman in progress. And invites us all to ask, “Do we settle for the world as it is, or do we work for the world as it should be?”

Something to Try

She quotes, “I’d been lucky to have parents, teachers, and mentors who’d fed me with a consistent, simple message: You matter. As an adult, I wanted to pass those words to a new generation.” Worth remembering and putting into practice.