Former First Lady and Author, Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, girl of the South Side’s splendid memoir touches on a variety of issues beset by the First Black President and First Lady of the United States. Her specific burden was such: A black woman campaigning alongside the first black man to secure a Democratic major-party nomination for the presidency, she was unwavering in her support—and in her countenance—partly because she had no choice.
The jagged and derailed terrain of American politics with the added threat of American racism hanging over the Obama’s is a punishingly Herculean task. It requires an uncommon resolve. It’s not surprising that Michelle Obama would have felt overwhelmed by the unrelenting negativity hurled at her and her daughters during her husband’s campaigns and presidency. The book, as titled Becoming, offers a sometimes surprisingly intimate look at the life of the former first lady, born Michelle LaVaughn Robinson. Beginning with her childhood years and ending with reflections on the current administration, Becoming covers Obama’s transformation from a young overachiever on the South Side of Chicago to one of the most formidable political figures in recent history.
Michelle Obama had not, however, condemned the current administration wholeheartedly prior to Becoming’s release. Her rebukes of Donald Trump’s agenda begin with his suggestion that Barack Obama was not a U.S. citizen, which Michelle Obama says in the book put her family at risk. This was partly on the credence perpetuated against her husband that questioned the Obamas’ Americanness and humanity. Although the current 45th President no longer mention’s his predecessor’s being born as a US Citizen, he continues to attack Barack Obama as an excused to blame for his own incompetence. His main goal is to completely repeal all Obama’s executive actions and legacy. An area of discussion which could also lead to Donald Trump’s defeat for a second term and be on the list as a one term President.
“Becoming is still a political memoir; it functions partly to solidify Barack Obama’s legacy as a complex and multilayered milestone for the country. The book makes the case for the Obama family as definitively American, for Michelle Obama’s concerns as worries that derive from the universal anxieties of marriage and motherhood. Still, Becoming is satisfying for the quiet moments in which Mrs. Obama, the woman who supported a black man named Barack all the way to the presidency, gets to let down her hair and breathe as Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, girl of the South Side”. quoted from HANNAH GIORGIS of the Atlantic.com.
In her memoir, a work of recollection and storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her own world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms.
In finally telling her story on Becoming, the Former First Lady is doing several things with this book. She is taking the country by the hand on an city and state tour of everyday African-American life and ambition, while recounting her rise from modest origins to the closest this country has to nobility. She’s meditating on the tensions women face in a world that speaks of gender equality but in which women still bear the greater burdens of balancing career and family, even with a forward-thinking husband like Barack Obama. And she is reminding readers that African-Americans, like any other group, experience the heartbreak of infertility, as she describes the challenges she and her husband confronted in order to become parents.
This is the reason why this book, “Becoming” has earned to be the Top Bestselling Book for 2018.