Michelle Obama and I were born a few days apart, so I really always felt like she could/should be a friend … and after reading this, I know we are kindred spirits.
Hearing her snark, humor, dismay, and vitality (even her boredom) truly made this memoir memorable. Hubby and I listened on several road trips to visit various children … he listening on his daily commute and me reading the hard copy between long drives together. We’ll remember our joint listening in part because it gave us a chance to discuss Ms. Obama’s experiences and share what we were learning about what it means to be Black in America.
Her vulnerability is remarkable and relatable.
Part love story, part coming of age, part tribute to her hard-working parents, part ode to education, part nod to the Midwestern capital, Chicago, I loved this. I laughed, I cried, I came away a better person. 5/5 stars
Could well have been a 5-star read, but it was most definitely a 5-star listen. I kept going off to “spend time with Michelle”, to confused looks from others, but I really truly missed her when it was over. How can she be such an amazing star and so relatable all at once? Also I appreciated the brief commentary on handing over the White House… felt cathartic to hear her say she just wasn’t going to smile during that business.