Since his book was written by a somewhat polarizing person I thought being upfront on who I am made sense in todays world of identity politics.
Well, I borrowed my friends EPUB and read it on his computer which is why it doesn ’ t wan “ verified purchaser ” next to my name and the references I have below is from that EPUB.I generally respect Michelle Obama and her ccomplishments but there are few things that bother me about her and this book.One, I got the vibe that she has some resentment towards white people, particularly white men.
Rarel she brings up race in th context that makes sense like when she is jokin about how one issue effects black people more than white people or talking about history.
Here are a few examples:- Pg.1, paragraph 7.2 of the essa “ working-class black student in a fancy mostly white college ”- Pg. 17, chapter 2 “ I felt my teacher, a diminutive white lady ”.
Why did she only describe that friend with a blac other and indee the race of the whol?- Pg.44, chapter 4, “ Mr. Martinez and then Mr. Bennet, both gentle and good-humored African American men. ” Ok, did it matter that were black in this context?- Pg. 71, “ mostly white students ” Context?
Why did this matter?- Pg. 74, “ one of he few nonwhite ”- Pg. 74, “ my two white roommates in Pyne Hall were both perfectly nice… ” Again, who cares if they were white?- Pg. 75, “ Cznery was a smart and beautiful black woman ”.
It didn ’ t matter in her description in any historic or meaningful way.- Pg. 120, “ Now that I as at Sidley and on the other side of the recruiting experience, my goal was to ring in law students who were not just smart and hard-driving but also something other than male and white. ” I et it, you forgot to keep a place more diverse.
But the ay she said “ other than make and white ” got a lot under my skin ( remember I ’ m not white) .- Pg. 148, “ He ha a lack, brainy superhero.
He clashed regularly and fearlessly with the predominantl white old-guard members of the city council and was regarded as something of a walking legend ” Ok, those white people again.- Pg. 148, “ In a move many African Americans saw as a swift and demoralizing return to thi old white ways of Chicago politics, voters went on to elect Richard M.
She was in the minority most of thi time being black and a oman and when she uts things into historical or social context it makes sense pointing these things out as it represents systematic problems in our society when it goe to race.
ever in her book did she directly talk about an incident where she was the direct receipt of discrimination that I ead.
If she chose, she never really talked about it in her book so I ’ m wondering why she brings up race needlessly.
I hope I ’ m wrong about her when it goe to this.Two, Michelle paints Barack as a super hero.
Thi nly hing I remember her saying about him was that he as n't quit on time and one time he blew a book deal ( or missed the deadline or something) because he was busy with omething else.
I 'm dam sure Michelle and her husband decide to paint him in most perfect light ever to protect his presidency which makes me think she is being dishonest about her experience with him.
Here are some examples of Michelle describing Barack as nothing ess than perfect.- Pg. 96.
His money went largely toward books, which to him were like sacred objects, providing ballast for his imaginatio.
He was dialed into the day-to-day demands of his life, but at the same time, especially at night, his thoughts seemed to roam a much wider plane. ” Pg. 112- “ I was gripped all over again by a kind of how special he was. ” Pg.117- “ And now in Hawaii, I would see his character reflected in other small ays.
Don ’ t kee me wrong, I adored him from the get go since 2004 and his background is impressive ( president of the Harvard Law Review specifically).
But the way Michelle describes him just seems so made up and one-sided it makes me question the rest of the book.Here are some highlights about Michelle that I kne from he ook ( for whoever is interested):- She told people she wanted to become a pediatrician when she as a dud because she loved being around kids and it as a pleasing answer to adults.
Her mum is an overwhelmingly positive force in her life.- She smoked some pot in high school and was friends with Jessie Jacksons daughter.- She failed the bar exam the first time around- She very much dislikes politics- She had a minor amount of marriage counseling with Barack, nothing serious though from what I could tell.- She had problems bearing children and had to use intro vivo fertilization with Malia but not Sasha.- Her kids are her top priority in life, eve when she was in the white house- She tries to remain hopeful and never cynical though I don ’ t now if she is always successful.- She graduated from Princeton then Harvard Law and started her career as a high powered lawyer however she never felt fulfillment from her job as a lawyer despite the money.Michelle is a pretty hardworking lady ( somewhat of an overachiever) with a tight schedule that she sticks too.
She is definitely a likable person and likes many people in return.Bottom Line: To be blunt, I 'm ot sure why th nove is getting 93% 5 stars.
Michelle simply talked about her life, meeting Barack and her erspective of life in the yello house which sounded boring from the ay she describes it.
I got some insight to who Michelle was but in the beginnin of he mont I just hought to yoursel " who cares? ".
he only explanatio I even finished the book was merel to say “ yeah, I read that book ”.
I wil advis the ook to someone who ad a special fascination with Michelle or first ladies in general.
hat means his book is fantastic, a breakthrough, something that every person coul read or they ’ ll miss out on a life experience.
Two, I knew thi review that judged more the book than the author.
Michelle is a lassy lady no doubt, but her book really isn ’ t that ood.
Hopefully my bias is at a minimum.So anyway like I aid, book was fine.
Oh by the way th book has anything to do with Trump.