I am left stunned, excited and shocked by the many revelations this book has given me. Most of all though I cherish the obvious truth of the writing and appreciated the thoughts of Michelle behind some of the momentous events of her eight years in the White House. Her writings though start with her early life and the inspirations she sought from her piers and family. Her story is an amazing example of courage and determination to loosen the shackles of her heritage, engage it and drive herself forward to become America’s First Lady. It was interesting as well to learn about her efforts during the Obama years to be a First Lady that used the position to champion causes that to this day resonate with so many. As an international reader outside of the US, I learned a great deal about the nature of politics in the US from the standpoint of someone who lived inside that bubble and was able to extricate herself and her family with dignity and positive future resolve. As a portrait photographer I could but dream of having her as a subject before my camera. I can but dream.
It started out not as I expected, a bit stilted and scripted. Then it blossomed into a fantastic book that my daughters and I were racing to finish. We were constantly amazed by parallels with our lives and the great insight and sensitivity of the writing. Bravo Michelle Obama!
I loved learning about Michelles childhood and the path she took. Im Australian and therefore not part of the political process of the USA. We had great respect for the Obamas in my country and I will always remember the dignity of the Obama administration.
I am not familiar with American politics, but Michelle's description of what it's like to live and breathe politics inside the world's most powerful nation, has left me with a better understanding. New Zealand and the US have long enjoyed a close friendship and I am delighted to have learned so much from this well written book. Thank you Michelle and I wish you, your husband and your family my best wishes as you move into the next chapter of your lives.