Bossypants Book Club (May 2019 Selection): Becoming by Michelle Obama

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Book Overview


An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.  In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African-American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments.

Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—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 at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

THE Bossypants Book Club will be meeting on Monday, May 20, 2018 at 6:30 p.m at Urban Cookhouse. Food is not provided by the library but participants are encouraged to order beverages and food.


Author At A Glance

  • Is the wife of the forty-fourth President of the United States, Barack Obama
  • Is the first African-American First Lady of the United States.
  • Was born and grew up on the South Side of Chicago
  • Graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School.
  • Worked with Sidley Austin, as part of the staff of Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley, and for the University of Chicago Medical Center.
  • Learn more about Michelle Obama by visiting Biography. com


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