Biography of the Month: ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama

Over the last couple of years, the literary landscape has seen the arrival of outstanding autobiographies from brilliant minds and compelling individuals, inviting readers into the lives of their icons through their own words and perspective – something that is often lost in this digital age. This month’s biography of the month offers authenticity effortlessly, even six years after its initial release, displaying how timeless a well-crafted autobiography can be.  

In time for celebrating her 60th birthday, our pick for the biography of the month is Michelle Obama’s international best-seller, ‘Becoming’. 

Michelle Obama’s autobiography has not only captured the hearts of millions but has also become a cultural phenomenon. Released in 2018, this best-selling book takes readers on a compelling and intimate journey through the life of the former First Lady of the United States. 

Written by a former first lady, you may think that ‘Becoming’ is a political book, when in reality it is much more than that. Becomingis a personal narrative that delves into Michelle Obama’s upbringing, her experiences, and the challenges she faced while navigating her role as the First Lady. The book allows readers a rare glimpse into the private life of one of the most influential women of our time. 

One of the most profound elements that sets ‘Becoming’ leagues apart is Michelle Obama’s unfiltered authenticity and vulnerability. In this page-turner, the former first lady fearlessly opens up about the highs and lows of her life, revealing moments of self-doubt, vulnerability, and the endless pursuit for authenticity within the public eye. This unguarded honesty reminds readers that even those in the highest positions of power are, at their core, human, making the narrative not only relatable but deeply inspiring. The willingness to share personal aspects of her journey makes ‘Becoming’ not just a political narrative but a touching exploration of the shared human experience. 

Beyond the personal narrative, ‘Becoming’ has had a significant impact on society too. Michelle Obama addresses issues encompassing race, identity, and the paramount role of education. On the topic of race, Obama delves into her personal experiences as an African American woman, discussing the impact of race on her life, her family, and her interactions with society. She reflects on the racial dynamics she encountered while growing up in Chicago, through her experiences as the First Lady. Shedding light on the challenges, discrimination, and stereotypes that she faced throughout her life, Michelle Obama contributes to a broader conversation about race, identity, and the ongoing struggle for equality. 

Throughout the book, Michelle Obama also touches upon the theme of Womanhood, transparently reflecting on her experiences as a woman, discussing the challenges and triumphs associated with her roles as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, and, notably, as the First Lady of the United States. She explores issues such as balancing career and family, navigating societal expectations, and the unique challenges that women face. Michelle Obama’s journey, as portrayed in ‘Becoming,’ highlights the empowerment and complexity that comes with womanhood.  

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In the vast tapestry of life, some threads stand out more brilliantly than others – the threads that weave our love stories. Love is an extraordinary journey, filled with moments that deserve to be celebrated, cherished, and remembered. At My Story Told, we understand the power of a love story and offer you a unique opportunity to immortalise your own with our personalised biography service. 

We specialise in transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Your love story is unique, and we believe it deserves to be told in a way that captures the essence of your journey together. Our team of skilled writers and storytellers is dedicated to crafting a narrative that reflects the intricacies, joys, and challenges that have shaped your relationship. 


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  1. We believe in personalisation, ensuring that your love story is as unique as your relationship. Our writers work closely with you to capture the nuances and emotions that make your journey special. 
  1. Our team comprises experienced writers skilled in the art of storytelling. They bring a creative flair to your narrative, making your love story a compelling read. 
  1. A My Story Told biography is not just a document; it’s a timeless keepsake. Imagine flipping through the pages of your unique love story, reliving those precious moments whenever you desire, with your cherished pictures to accompany them.  


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Our process begins with a consultation, where we delve into the details of your relationship, exploring the milestones, shared experiences, and defining moments that have shaped your love story. 

The foundation of our projects lies in collaboration. Throughout the writing process, our team keeps you involved, seeking your input to ensure the final narrative resonates with your vision. Our skilled writers then weave the narrative, creating a captivating story that encapsulates the essence of your love. 

 

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Embrace the opportunity to celebrate your journey, preserve your memories, and create a timeless keepsake that will be cherished for generations to come. 

Happy New Year! Stepping out of the Christmas food-coma and into the New Year can seem rather dull, especially after all the exciting festivities that have just drawn to a close. However, there is much to look forward to in the New Year, especially in the literary world.  

Here are autobiographies, biographies and memoirs to keep a look out for in 2024: 

 

What Have We Here: Portraits of a Life – Billy Dee Williams  

‘What have we here?’ follows the life of Billy Dee Williams, from his childhood growing up in Harlem, to his days on Broadway and starting out in Hollywood before landing the iconic role of Lando Calrissian in George Lucas’ beloved Star Wars, which would see his career soar to new heights.  

With a career spanning over 60 years, Billy Dee Williams has done it all – Broadway, movies, television and even music! In this nostalgic biography, Billy takes readers on a journey through his career; recounting tales and travels with Lawrence Olivier, Marlon Brando, Henry Fonda, Berry Gordy, Diana Ross, Sylvester Stallone, and many more. Expected on shelves in early February, ‘What Have We Here’ will be the perfect read for die-hard Star Wars fans and those intrigued by the celebrity world.  

 

The Trading Game: A Confession – Gary Stevenson 

Former interest rate trader and equality campaigner, Gary Stevenson is a reputable name within the economics world. Crowned Citibank’s most profitable trader in 2011, Stevenson predicted that there would be an increase in economic inequality and caused waves in Canary Wharf.  

In this biography, Stevenson recalls his humble beginnings in East London to when he was accepted into the prestigious London School of Economics – constantly dreaming of something bigger than what was expected of a child from his background. In a raw and outrageous recount of his career, Gary Stevenson invites readers into the world’s most daunting yet intoxicating workplace – the trading floor – where Stevenson did not only survive, but he thrived. Scheduled for a late February release, this book will be a great motivator for readers looking to get out of their new year slump.   

 

The House of Hidden Meanings – Ru Paul 

In his highly anticipated autobiography, international Drag icon Ru Paul shares his life story; growing up black, poor, and queer in a broken home to discovering the power of performance, self-expression, found family and self-acceptance. Quick-witted and a trailblazer for bringing drag to mainstream television, the public may think that they already know Ru Paul, however in his most intimate book yet, RuPaul makes himself truly known and strips away the stage persona.  

Described by critics as ‘a manual for living’, Ru Paul’s story acts as a personal philosophy that attests to the value of finding chosen family, the power of embracing what makes you different and accepting all of yourself, fearlessly. Readers looking to learn more about the iconic Ru Paul and subsequently, themselves, can expect ‘The House of Hidden Meanings’ on 5th March.  

  

Only Say Good Things: Surviving Playboy and finding myself – Crystal Hefner   

Shrouded in glamour, luxurious parties and Hollywood star appeal, the playboy mansion has become an icon, synonymous with the playboy brand. However, behind the allure of a dream lifestyle lies a house built on darkness and façade. 

After years of silence, Crystal Hefner exposes the toxic culture of misogyny that runs deep within the playboy mansion. Through a scathing and raw narrative, Hefner offers a look into her time at the playboy mansion and as one of Hugh Hefner’s infamous girlfriends – detailing the absurd rules the women had to follow, regarding everything from their hair and makeup to their curfews. In a series of hard-learned lessons, Crystal Hefner presents an honest perspective on how the need for validation can take hold on one’s life and why it is important to realize your worth. Readers won’t have to wait too long into the new year, as ‘Only Say Good things’ is expected to hit shelves on 25th January – prepare for the shockwaves to come.  

 

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With a new year upon us, there are even more moments and memories ready to unfold. Before getting swept up in new moments, why not document past memories? As they are just as precious, if not more. At My Story Told, we understand the importance of capturing memories and the role they play in one’s personal story. My Story Told is here to help tell your unique story, so that the moments within it live on in a biography, for you and the people you hold dear.