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Becoming por Michelle Obama
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Becoming (edição 2018)

por Michelle Obama (Autor)

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"An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States. When she was a little girl, Michelle Robinson's world was the South Side of Chicago, where she and her brother, Craig, shared a bedroom in their family's upstairs apartment and played catch in the park, and where her parents, Fraser and Marian Robinson, raised her to be outspoken and unafraid. But life soon took her much further afield, from the halls of Princeton, where she learned for the first time what if felt like to be the only black woman in a room, to the glassy office tower where she worked as a high-powered corporate lawyer--and where, one summer morning, a law student named Barack Obama appeared in her office and upended all her carefully made plans. Here, for the first time, Michelle Obama describes the early years of her marriage as she struggles to balance her work and family with her husband's fast-moving political career. She takes us inside their private debate over whether he should make a run for the presidency and her subsequent role as a popular but oft-criticized figure during his campaign. Narrating with grace, good humor, and uncommon candor, she provides a vivid, behind-the-scenes account of her family's history-making launch into the global limelight as well as their life inside the White House over eight momentous years--as she comes to know her country and her country comes to know her. [This book] takes us through modest Iowa kitchens and ballrooms at Buckingham Palace, through moments of heart-stopping grief and profound resilience, bringing us deep into the soul of a singular, groundbreaking figure in history as she strives to live authentically, marshaling her personal strength and voice in service of a set of higher ideals. In telling her story with honesty and boldness, she issues a challenge to the rest of us: Who are we and who do we want to become?"--Jacket.… (mais)
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Título:Becoming
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Becoming por Michelle Obama (Author)

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    Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage por Christopher Andersen (Cammie.m)
    Cammie.m: This book gives an insight to the Obama’s life, love, marriage, and parenthood. It also discusses the trials and tribulations of being the President of the a United States of America. This book is a wonderful read!
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    I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban por Malala Yousafzai (lottpoet)
    lottpoet: similar sense of doing what needs doing, of her deeds being, not extraordinary, but a part of ordinary humanness
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    A White House diary por Lady Bird Johnson (Elizabeth.Macyshyn)
    Elizabeth.Macyshyn: First Lady autobiographies are fascinating, after enjoying Becoming, try the one that started the trend.
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    A Promised Land por Barack Obama (Cecrow)
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    Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead por Sheryl Sandberg (JuliaMaria)
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    Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance por Barack Obama (TheLittlePhrase)
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If you pick up Michelle Obama’s memoir and the first few chapters don’t suck you in… stick with it.

I say this because at the beginning of Becoming, all I could think was “this is okay… but it’s overhyped?” and I started steeling myself to write an Unpopular Opinion review. Becoming starts a bit more slowly and picks up speed as it goes. Like any memoir, your enjoyment of it will depend on what you want to know. For example, while she talks a little about the time she spent dating Barack Obama, that isn’t a large focus of the book.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the bulk of Becoming focuses on her family’s time in the White House. I really liked this – more than I expected to. She really humanized their experience there. Presidential families are traditionally made up of Rich White Men and as such it makes the high office feel distant. Michelle Obama speaks more of humanity than patriotic duty, and in my opinion… that matters. A lot.

Becoming openly discusses relatable themes like miscarriage, work-life balance, passion projects, and parenting. She briefly addresses a few banner moments in the presidency and she talks a little about her Let’s Move campaign. She also talks about wishing her husband was home for dinner, and the crushing fear of saying the wrong thing and ruining everything. Most importantly, to me, she takes the Obamas time in office and makes it accessible. From her daughters learning to drive themselves to wonderful stories about her interactions with Queen Elizabeth… she reminds us that the high political families are still people.

I think, in the United States particularly, we tend to put our presidents on a pedestal. We treat them like kings or cult leaders and expect miracles. But they’re people too. With needs and feelings that all the rest of us have. Your enjoyment of this book will likely also be affected by your political affiliations due to the deeply polarized nature of American politics. But I just thought it was wonderful. I feel I have a better understanding of the human challenges faced by the presidential families.

I wouldn’t say that Becoming is an inspirational masterpiece – I think that’s pointing the book in the wrong direction. This book is important so young Black girls can see themselves in a world that feels unattainable. I felt Becoming instilled more of a sense of compassion than inspiration. This book is filled with hope, it’s filled with love. It’s honest and kind. ( )
  Morteana | May 2, 2021 |
This is one lovely account of a lovely First Black First Lady in the American History.
I love the stories she tells of her struggles with planning families and keeping them together.
I'd love to read what the husband has viewed his life in the White House to understand the energy she always talks about her husband. ( )
  Ibrahim_Obalola | Apr 15, 2021 |
Mindig is szimpatikus figura volt Obama, a 2008-as győzelmi beszédét retorikai szempontból is izgalmasnak találtam. A feleségéről a bulvárszintű hírekből is pozitív képem alakult ki.
A könyv kevésbé az elnökfeleség nézőpontját mutatja, mint inkább az önálló, saját lábon (no pun intended) is megálló, erős, színesbőrű nőét, ahol minden jelző külön is hangsúlyos.

A munka nagyon profi, gyönyörű kifejezések, választékos szóhasználat jellemzi, sokszor igazán szívhezszólóan. Ez a profizmus azonban néha már túlzás, sokszor mesterkéltté válik, illetve egy menő íráskurzus eredményének tűnik. Nem tudom, mennyire saját munka, de valahogy egy egész kreatív csapatot érzek mögötte, akik egy terméket akarnak eladni.
Másik problémám, hogy nagyon hosszú és ehhez mérten nem elég izgalmas. Ez végülis az élet szempontjából jó (vö. Élj izgalmas időkben!), de egy könyvnek nem tesz jót.
A könyv benne a várttal inkább ellentétes hatást váltott ki: a korábbi ismeretek alapján Michelle nagyon szimpatikus volt, a könyv hatására már kevésbé az.

A gyerekkori történetek, trauma, a feketékkel kapcsolatos előítéletek megjelenése még érthető és átérezhető volt.
De a folytatásban is szinte minden oldalon a feketék nehézségeiről van szó. Ez már nekem is fárasztó.
Nem azért, mert mindez nem igaz, hanem mert olyan, mintha a pszichiáterénél igazolná minden életmomentumát ezzel a tematikával. Ahogy hasonlóan fárasztó állandóan Nagy Magyarországot és Holokausztot hallgatni. Ezek is igazak, de annyi néppel bántak és bánnak el most is, hogy önzés mindig csak a magunk bajával foglalkozni.
Ezen túlmenően különleges helyzetben van a KKEurópai olvasó, mert fehér, de általában rosszabbul él, mint az átlag amerikai. Innen nézve a nehéz gyermekkor relatív: külön gyerekszoba, kertes házban, már tinikorban tengerentúli utazás, az átütő siker előtt is évenkénti látogatás Hawaii-n. Ezzel sokan kiegyeznének. A világ Magyarországgal szerencsésebb térségeinek lakóiról nem is beszélve.

Michelle igyekezett a saját céljaira koncentrálni, a politika és az elnök munkája, maga az elnök is csak egy háttér a könyvben. Az általa sugárzott kép még elnagyoltságában is leegyszerűsítő: a demokraták jók, a republikánusok rosszak.
Töméntelen indulatot érezni, ami a szimpátia és az alapvető egyetértés ellenére is visszás.
Kicsit olyan, mintha a rengeteg elvégzett munka igazolná a munka értelmét. Pedig ez bár önmagában érték, sajnos nem feltétlenül eredmény. Pl. a réz*ú bagolygyárban dolgozók kihajthatják a belüket, amíg a veszteséget termelik, addig hasznot nem hajtanak.
Obama elnökségét óriási sikerként értékelni polgárjogi szempontból érthető, de mint elnöki teljesítmény kevésbé. Az amerikai társadalmat egyszer és mindenkorra megváltoztató eredményként láttatni különösen furcsa, figyelembe véve a következő politikai időszakban a polarizáltság növekedését, és a következő elnök működését. ( )
  rics | Apr 6, 2021 |
I purchased the book quickly after it’s release in November 2018, but I wanted to listen to the audiobook read by the author right along with it. I am so thrilled that I did so.

I felt a lot of of parallel experiences and emotions with the author. My first experience with New York was met with the fast pace, hustle and bustle of the smelly, and dirty city. I also, loved structure, organization, and proving to myself why I was worthy, and/or good enough in the desire to have a career and be a wonderful mother and wife was my dream as well.

I appreciated the glimpse into Michelle Obama’s life, her past, present, and future. Her resume on the jobs she held. Barack Obama’s trek to becoming a political leader, as well as his love for family, community, and books, which is my love too . I delved into videos, interviews, articles, and documentaries on the Obama’s in between reading. I was grateful for her intimate look into her feelings, compassion, and learned knowledge of being good enough as the first black FLOTUS.

While reading this nook, Michelle Obama published the young reader’s edition. Now, I have the hunger to read her husbands’ newly released book - A Promised Land. ( )
  altima313 | Mar 9, 2021 |
This is a book that was a pleasure to read. One seldom finds this point of view, that of the politician's wife, done so well. Michelle Robinson Obama comes across as a well organized woman whose husband has been an influence in her loosening up. the pair, as I have also just finished her husband's book, seem to be very balanced as a couple. The effect is the image of a very supportive pair. and engaged in being informed of each other's lives. There are both emotive insights and moments of wit. i am recommending the book for it is a conversation with an interesting person who has survived being placed in the world's most well lit fishbowl. I hope she feels as that the rest of her life will be equally rewarding. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Mar 9, 2021 |
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The summary of Obama’s White House initiatives relies on promotional language and well-worn anecdotes, and the book’s final pages are just a shade away from an overt advertisement for the Obama Foundation. The memoir’s “bombshell” revelations, which the media has projected as revelations of the female condition writ large—a discussion of Obama’s use of fertility treatment to conceive her daughters, and of a period of her marriage in which “frustrations began to rear up often and intensely”—belie how much the rest of the text withholds.
adicionada por g33kgrrl | editarThe New Yorker, Doreen St. Félix (Dec 6, 2018)
 
I suspect that some of Becoming’s power lies in the ways it employs the techniques of a novel more than those of a typical political memoir—in its honesty about human nature and ambivalence, yes, but also in its colorful and idiosyncratic details ... in its willingness to let anecdotes speak for themselves rather than pedantically spelling out their lessons.
adicionada por g33kgrrl | editarVanity Fair, Curtis Sittenfeld (Nov 21, 2018)
 
Becoming is frequently funny, sometimes indignant or enraged, and when Michelle describes her father’s early death from multiple sclerosis it turns rawly emotional.
adicionada por g33kgrrl | editarThe Guardian, Peter Conrad (Nov 18, 2018)
 
But despite how close we get to her voice here, it’s never quite close enough. She lets us into all kinds of memories, including tender recollections, romantic dates, and triumphant moments on the campaign trail. But for all her candidness, there is still a veil of privacy around the inner workings of this reluctant public figure. She draws the reader in, but pauses at arm’s length. Maybe this is all we can expect, in text, from this woman with so much presence. As she says herself, she’s more of a hugger.
adicionada por g33kgrrl | editarVanity Fair, Sonia Saraiya (Nov 15, 2018)
 
Even if Becoming is not always interesting, it is much more interesting than it needed to be to qualify as a successful first lady memoir. And as an example of how to walk the tightrope — how to seem charming but not like an intellectual lightweight; how to get things done without seeming threatening; how to do all of the impossible things we demand of women in general, of first ladies in particular, and of the first black first lady as an absolute — Becoming is a straight-up master class.
adicionada por g33kgrrl | editarVox, Constance Grady (Nov 13, 2018)
 

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To all the people who have helped me become:

the folks who raised me---Fraser, Marian, Craig,
and my vast extended family,

my circle of strong women, who always lift me up,

my loyal and dedicated staff, who continue to make me proud.
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"An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States. When she was a little girl, Michelle Robinson's world was the South Side of Chicago, where she and her brother, Craig, shared a bedroom in their family's upstairs apartment and played catch in the park, and where her parents, Fraser and Marian Robinson, raised her to be outspoken and unafraid. But life soon took her much further afield, from the halls of Princeton, where she learned for the first time what if felt like to be the only black woman in a room, to the glassy office tower where she worked as a high-powered corporate lawyer--and where, one summer morning, a law student named Barack Obama appeared in her office and upended all her carefully made plans. Here, for the first time, Michelle Obama describes the early years of her marriage as she struggles to balance her work and family with her husband's fast-moving political career. She takes us inside their private debate over whether he should make a run for the presidency and her subsequent role as a popular but oft-criticized figure during his campaign. Narrating with grace, good humor, and uncommon candor, she provides a vivid, behind-the-scenes account of her family's history-making launch into the global limelight as well as their life inside the White House over eight momentous years--as she comes to know her country and her country comes to know her. [This book] takes us through modest Iowa kitchens and ballrooms at Buckingham Palace, through moments of heart-stopping grief and profound resilience, bringing us deep into the soul of a singular, groundbreaking figure in history as she strives to live authentically, marshaling her personal strength and voice in service of a set of higher ideals. In telling her story with honesty and boldness, she issues a challenge to the rest of us: Who are we and who do we want to become?"--Jacket.

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