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Becoming

Written by: Michelle Obama
Narrated by: Michelle Obama
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Publisher's Summary

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former first lady of the United States.

Number one New York Times best seller

Watch the Emmy-nominated Netflix original documentary

Oprah’s Book Club Pick

NAACP Image Award Winner

One of Essence’s 50 most impactful Black books of the past 50 years

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 US 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 listeners 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.

©2018 Michelle Obama (P)2018 Random House Audio

What the critics say

“A serious work of candid reflection by a singular figure of early-twenty-first-century America... Becoming is refined and forthright, gracefully written and at times laugh-out-loud funny.” (Isabel Wilkerson, The New York Times Book Review)

Becoming is inspirational without trying to be. From the first words, the very warmth that permeates its author emanates from the pages.... Becoming manages to be a coming-of-age tale, a love story and a family saga all in one. More importantly, this book is a reminder that America is still a work-in-progress, and that hope can be an action word if we allow it to be. Becoming is a balm that America needs, from a woman America does not yet deserve.” (Angie Thomas, Time)

“Deeply personal and refreshingly honest... She’s thoughtful, humorous, bracingly revealing, and when it’s time, she does us all the favor of showing us the human side of a man worshipped by so many.... It’s human and genuine and welcoming to see the layers of humanity she holds open.... Michelle Obama’s story can maybe inspire you to find a path for your own story.” (Shonda Rhimes, Shondaland)

Featured Article: Great Podcast Moments with Michelle Obama


With the launch of Michelle Obama: The Light Podcast, we're shining a light on the former First Lady’s special appearances as a guest on other podcasts. Unsurprisingly, the podcast world suits Mrs. Obama—she’s easy to talk to and a good listener. We’ve dug up some of her best podcast conversations, where she opens up about her childhood, life at the White House, parenting, and so much more. Needless to say, we’re definitely listening.

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amazing story by a fabulous storyteller

couldn't do anything for 3 days while I took a deep dive into this book. Brilliant.

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In Her Own Voice

Hearing the voice of Michelle Obama in this narrative brought her story to life in a way that no other narrator could have duplicated. Even for a non-politically minded, white, Canadian woman such as myself, I could not help but to be moved by the sincerity and honesty with which Mrs. Obama speaks. Her genuine manner and heartfelt love for her family, ethics, education and empowerment of young people, especially girls speaks loudly to her character.

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Brilliant

I didn’t know much about the Obamas but listening to her story was wonderful, sincere, real, and poignant. Highly recommend

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Amazing!

What a fantastic story, told in Michelle’s voice, loved every chapter! One of the best books I’ve encountered.

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Re-Read Worthy

An inspirational book worthy of a re-read or listen. She assures you that in life, nothing is set, and you will okay at the end of it all.

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An Amazing Autobiography

Michelle Obama is truly an articulate, intelligent, and humane person. I enjoyed every minute of this audiobook, and I highly recommend it. She is an inspiration and a role model.

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amazing! thank you so much for sharing

amazing and eye opening. thank you so much for sharing your amazing journey with us all. I love your passion,

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must read

absolutely love the book. Michelle Obama's story is a fascinating one and insight into the life of being the first family is fascinating. I truly inspiring book I suggest everybody read.

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.ichelle Obama an ordinary person.

I enjoyed her life story. Her parents that gave her the foundation to believe she could do what she set her mind to accomplish.

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Amazing book Michelle.

Loved it. The message; the honesty & humanity. I respect and admire you even more.

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