January 20, 2009. Inauguration Day. Making History.
“What would she wear?” the media asked. But Americans sought more than fashion: The mind. The mother. The woman. Michelle Obama. This is the first book to tell the astonishing story of a woman whose intellect, verbal flair, and poise are certain to make her one of the most influential First Ladies in history. A woman whose impassioned speech to the Democratic National Convention may have helped
win her husband the Oval Office. A woman touted as a future presidential candidate herself.
Readers are given a revealing and intimate look at Michelle Obama’s remarkable life—from her Chicago childhood to her education at Princeton and Harvard, from how she first met Barack Obama at the prestigious law firm where they were the only African Americans, to her role as his closest adviser, and to her own political beliefs. For Michelle, family comes first, and—like so many women who struggle with family and career—she seriously weighed her husband’s presidential ambitions before giving her stamp of approval. Apparently she struck a hard bargain: He had to give up smoking.
Down-to-earth. Witty. Honest. Outspoken. One-of-a-kind.
Elizabeth Lightfoot is a freelance writer and editor who previously held jobs at The Associated Press as well as at weekly and daily newspapers in the northeast. She also works part-time overseeing publications for the school her children attend, allowing her to attempt to strike that elusive balance between career and motherhood, a challenge Michelle Obama spoke so much about during the campaign trail.
A contemporary of the future First Lady, Liz is a 1985 graduate of Harvard College, where she received a degree cum laude in English and American Literature. After college, she worked at The American University in Cairo, Egypt, where she also wrote free-lance articles for an English language magazine, Cairo Today. It was that experience that led her to pursue a career in journalism.
After a year working for a New Hampshire daily newspaper, she enrolled at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she received a Masters degree in 1988. She spent two years at The Associated Press, eventually leaving to free lance so she could spend more time with her growing family.
As a freelancer, Liz’s work has appeared in publications ranging from Vanity Fair (a book review) to The New York Times (features in the Connecticut section). For a time, she wrote regular columns for her local daily newspaper, The New London Day, focusing primarily on life as a mother with young children. She has also written extensively for businesses and philanthropic institutions. An internship at a local radio station led to an Associated Press Award for best feature story. She has edited publications for various institutions, including the United Nations.
Liz is also a dedicated volunteer, having served on various boards and/or committees to support causes she believes in, including education, the arts, the environment, and affordable housing.
Like the future First Lady, Liz considers her first job to be “Mom.” She is the proud mother of two sons and two daughters, ranging in age from 10 to 17. She, her husband, and children live in a converted barn in Lyme, Connecticut. The barn is as much of a job as her family and other work combined. But that’s another story.
Some of her material illustrated that the author was not an authority on politics.
At times, I felt the author really strayed from topic to include little pieces of information that had no relevance or were a stretch to fit with book's topic.
This one is worth less than one star, but there's no "no stars" option, so I have to give it a star it really does not deserve.
I have not read the book yet but I added it to my collection to be read some day soon.Published 7 months ago by Lafloyd and Diva
It should be in the comedy section because the only thing that Michele and Hope have to do with each other is that those with their brains not lulled into silent apathy HOPE FOR IS... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kotton Kandee
I have read other books aout Michelle Obama that were better written and more personal. This book had too much about politics and not enough about Michelle personally.Published 16 months ago by Verdella Carvell
In Michelle Obama: First Lady of Hope, Elizabeth Lightfoot gives a brief overview of Michelle Obama's life. The first several chapters focus on her education. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Reviewer
I thought that this book was going to be a wonderful book about Michelle Obama but instead I found that the author included facts about her own family that ruined the whole book... Read morePublished on July 5, 2009 by denise dugger
My six year old daughter picked out this book for me all on her own for my birthday. It was a wonderful gift and I was very excited to read it. Read morePublished on June 3, 2009 by Two Cappuccinos
Seeing the Obamas on nearly all the news channel, I had read about them. Specially about Michelle as I wanted to know her incredible journey to being the First Lady. Read morePublished on May 7, 2009 by Jane Austen
It is wonderful to be able to read first hand about who Michelle Obama is and where she came from. It is fabulous reading. Great delivery and salesmanship AAAA++++++++++Published on March 30, 2009 by Gloria J. Martin
I've read several books on the Obamas and this is really one of the best books out there. The editor/ writer clearly took the time to research the subject matter and compile it in... Read morePublished on March 26, 2009 by Kaylee