*** Michelle Obama by Peter Slevin


Michelle Obama: A Life is a biography of the First Lady, from her humble beginnings in Chicago to the White House. The author tells of her upbringing by loving parents with high ambitions for her and her brother, her move to Princeton University (following her brother) and to Harvard Law School, then her work at a prestigious Chicago law firm where she met her husband, and the extinction of her professional identity as she moved to the White House.

It’s a remarkable story and the author, who obviously admires his subject, does a great job of describing the efforts she and many others around her, especially her parents, poured into her education and climb into the upper middle class. He does not shy away from her relationship with her husband, from her initial impression (big ears! haha) to her struggle to raise their daughters while he was away, mostly, living his political life. What a waste that, in her current role, she can now be known only for her outfits and the few innocuous policy topics to which she must limit herself.

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