The Book Mark: Michelle Obama shares her story of “Becoming”

“Becoming,” the autobiography of Michelle Obama, captures the attention of America.

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The Book Mark: Michelle Obama shares her story of “Becoming”

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Tylissa Hill, assistant principal, recommends “Becoming.” She learned a lot about Michelle Obama.

“When they[bullies] go low, we go high,””

— Michelle Obama

First ladies have challenged many social problems including environmental protection, “Just Say No” and childhood obesity; they are role models to present generations. First ladies capture the attention of media with heads held high and a warm smile. However, these women have more to offer than politics.

Michelle Obama begins the book as the young child of two hard-working Americans, graduates with a Harvard degree and becomes the first lady. Her memoir highlights childhood in South Chicago, marriage, life in the White House and more. Obama’s decisions to deny fear the power to control her helped her define who she is and allow her to evolve even though she constantly question .

“You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen,” Obama wrote.

Obama is a respectable woman who inspires other women to reach for something more. Her age separates her from the younger generations, but she is relatable in her failures, romantic life, unrestricted joys and familial nuisances.

Maria Adams
Tylisa Hill, assistant people, recommends “Becoming.” She learned a lot about Michelle Obama.

“Women endure entire lifetimes of these indignities—in the form of catcalls, groping, assault, oppression. These things injure us. They sap our strength. Some of the cuts are so small they’re barely visible. Others are huge and gaping, leaving scars that never heal. Either way, they accumulate. We carry them everywhere, to and from school and work, at home while raising our children, at our places of worship, anytime we try to advance,” Obama wrote.

She acknowledges the weight that comes with being a minority. Although she differs from other first ladies in economical status as a child, she does not ask for pity but stands on her own two feet.

“Now I think it’s one of the most useless questions an adult can ask a child—What do you want to be when you grow up? As if growing up is finite. As if at some point you become something and that’s the end,” Obama wrote.

Parents, teachers, friends and others continue to ask us about our plans, but Obama highlights her indecision about her life. We do not need to know everything, and we just have to continue becoming who we are.

Obama will be taking a tour and stopping at 11 cities in the United States, and she will be visiting Atlanta’s State Farm Arena. The popularity of the book opens up a new point-of-view of modern American literature. “Becoming” can be found in the media center, but be quick to grab the only copy. 

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