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Michelle Obama: First Lady of Hope Paperback – December 11, 2008
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From the Back Cover
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.
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
It was obvious in the author's writing style that she was writing the book to get information on our soon to be first lady out to the public. Unfortunately, it was written to an audience in late 2008, right after the President's election. The book focused mainly on the campaign. It seems improbable that this book will ever be considered one of the important biographies written about Michelle Obama since much has happened since President Obama's election in 2008 and much more will likely happen in the next four years of his Presidency. It was written for a country craving to know more about a woman. Many more biographies have been published since then and will likely be published throughout her lifetime.
The book did provide an easy to follow organization and writing style, keeping it interesting throughout. It gave an overview of her undergraduate years at Princeton and her graduate work at Harvard. Her career as a lawyer was briefly described and how she met her husband. Very little is said about the Obamas' first fifteen years of marriage. The rest of the book focused on the 2008 Presidential Campaign.
Overall, the book was interesting and insightful, but since Michelle Obama's life story is still happening, Michelle Obama: First Lady of Hope seems dated only four years after its publication.
Michelle Obama. First Lady. This is the first book that introduces the life of First Lady Michelle Obama by exploring her childhood in Chicago, her education, and her successful careers as a lawyer and a hospital administrator. The author also shed light on Michelle and Barack Obama's marriage and their life with their daughters, Sasha and Malia.
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. Michelle Obama has played an influential role in her husband's campaign. For Michelle, family comes first, and-like so many women who struggle between 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.
It's an amazing journey of a lady who is never afraid of speaking her mind. Must read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is an amazing expose of our First Lady. The personal author tidbits added texture that shows how we can all be inspired by someone like Mrs... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Donald N. Powell
That's my President and First lady. This book speaks for itselfPublished 16 months ago by janice miller
In this biography, one can see how Michelle Obama encountered many obstacles and did what others continued to tell her that she was unable to do. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Brittany Herendeen
I have not read the book yet but I added it to my collection to be read some day soon.Published on March 15, 2014 by Devo 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 on March 7, 2014 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 on June 17, 2013 by DellC
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