Sunday 17 February 2019

#1/2019 Becoming

This autobiography caused some buzz way before its release. Getting to know more about life of Obamas from the inside perspective seemed like a unique treat. I'd be lying if I wrote that learning about Michelle's life was the main incentive here. Like many other readers, I was keen on finding out more about Barack. And while he plays a major part here, the story his wife tells about her upbringing in Chicago is quite interesting in itself. I was surprised to learn that they actually met while Barack was Michelle's mentee during his internship at a law firm. She presents a fascinating background to their mutual stories, her struggles with career decisions and learning how to make positive impact as the first lady; his constant striving to do more for other people. All of this is filled with anecdotes and insightful observations that would be otherwise impossible to learn about by an outside observer. I also appreciated the author's honesty in talking about problems (miscarriage, her both daughters being born as a result of IVF, marriage counseling, etc.). Despite major Geo-political differences there were many things I could relate to, especially connected with family and set of values she believes in. Also, the fact that this audiobook is read by the author herself brings a lot of authenticity to it as well.

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