BOOK REVIEW: ‘Becoming’ shows Michelle Obama’s transcendence of bias to ultimately flourish

Michelle Robinson Obama was born, in her words, “a black working class girl” at a time when her hardworking father, tending boilers for the city of Chicago, provided a cramped apartment on the second floor of “a tidy brick bungalow” owned by her mother’s aunt on the South Side of Chicago. There, she and her brother and parents lived in a space meant for two.


Recently, I was at an afternoon movie following a doctor’s appointment. I wanted to pleasantly kill some time before I put my chauffer’s cap back on. This was a rare treat and I was looking forward to shutting out the world for a couple of hours. Just as the movie began my cell phone rang.