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.  

Here at My Story Told, we understand the intricacies of your personal story and the power it holds. 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.