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What Would Michelle Do?: A Modern-Day Guide to Living with Substance and Style Hardcover – April 19, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (April 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592407080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592407088
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,224,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Part style guide, part motivational manual, the book addresses everything from her favorite movies ('Breakfast at Tiffany's' and 'Thelma and Louise' are among them) to how you pull off a wardrobe that covers everything from J. Crew to Jason Wu." — Newsday

“Smart and spirited." — Essence
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Allison Samuels is a senior writer with Newsweek's The Daily Beast. Her cover story, "The Meaning of Michelle," appeared in Newsweek in December 2008. She is the author of three books as well as a former correspondent for NPR's News & Notes, and she is a contributor to publications including Rolling Stone, Essence, Marie Claire, and O, The Oprah Magazine. She has won numerous awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists' National Sports Award and the National Association of Black Journalists' First Place in Magazines Award. She lives in Los Angeles.

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I was uplifed and encouraged by this book and would highly recommened it to anyone.
classie west
You will want to tell everyone about Michelle, from the people that you love, to the strangers you encounter daily.
justin
The book is written in casual format with no obvious grammatical or typographical errors.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By H. O'Nan on April 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
One doesn't have to share the same political beliefs as Michelle Obama or even get into politics (I don't) at all to read What Would Michelle Do?: A Modern-Day Guide to Living with Substance and Style. This book features a myriad of inspiring and helpful tips on different subjects. One of my top favorite chapters is the first chapter. It talks about improving your self-esteem and your outlooks on life. It also goes on to talk about moving forward in life, and not letting people and or/things affect you - whether it is current or in the past.

Michelle is known for her unwavering confidence and down-to-earth personality, but she also has an impeccable sense of style that the media outlets can't help but notice! I put her in the ranks with people such as Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly when it comes to style and grace. As a fashion lover myself, the Fashion Forward chapter is another top favorite. I find Michelle Obama to be one the most inspirational fashionistas. I love that even though she can easily afford to buy top notch brands, she doesn't have any shame when it comes to shopping at stores such as Target, J.Crew, White House | Black Market, H&M, and Gap. This makes her style attainable and affordable for those who don't have the budget to dole out hundreds, or even thousands for couture brands.

This is only just a couple things about the book. The author managed to include a myriad of interesting topics. Her writing style will lure in people who don't like to read or hardly have any time to do so at all. I'm the latter. Needless to say, I look forward to reading more from this author in the future!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By connywithay on May 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"What Would Michelle Do?" is a book by Allison Samuels of the life, upbringing and nuances of the U.S. First Lady, Michelle Robinson Obama. It is not a book written by Obama, but her supposed in-depth attitudes, attributes and thoughts, crafted through an expert writer's eyes and ears along with knowledgeable resources.

This hard bound book has a pale lavender jacket cover with the First Lady smiling at the reader in her dark purple dress. The back jacket has two paragraphs about the book with no reviews. The inside front and back jacket briefly depict topics discussed along with a photograph of the writer and her short biography. The book is written in casual format with no obvious grammatical or typographical errors. Each chapter has a purple drawing of Michelle Obama at different stages of her life, which reminds the reader of Simplicity sewing pattern designs in the 1960s (young, too thin-waist Barbie-doll icons). Besides several fonts being used, the color purple highlights topics, special themes, tips or rules to remember.

This is virtually a self-help book for any woman who wants to excel, look or act like Michelle Obama. It breaks down to sections about the First Lady's idealistic childhood, her feeling of self-worth, her close relationships with girlfriends, mother and husband, her beauty tips including hair, make-up and clothing, attitudes about exercising, finding a soul-mate, marriage challenges, and parenting along with entertaining. It is a step-by-step, topic-by-topic compilation to achieve grace, class, style, etc - everything that Michelle Obama emulates.

Although Samuels does not know Mrs. Obama personally, she writes based on her sources, research and publications and pulls it off fairly well.
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Format: Hardcover
I could tell from the very title of the book that WHAT WOULD MICHELLE DO? was going to be something fun and entertaining for individuals looking for examples of what was possible in life---and Allison Samuels didn't disappoint.

The book uses the example of the First Lady of the United States to show how you can be the best of yourself, regardless of where you are from, just by making smart decisions and knowing who you are. Though there are fun tips inside the book such as things to help you in shopping smart, looking your best and even going for what you want, there is really more on the level of showcasing the importance of making yourself noticeable and using your gifts to get where you desire to go.

In the case of Mrs. Obama she was taught early on to make a difference. Don't just follow the trends. Be a trailblazer yourself. You can be your best professionally and still be able to be the mate and parent that you want to be. You can have it all, but you have to be willing to work for it.

Men can learn alot from this as well. You have to surround yourself with individuals who want the best for you, that will be honest with you at all times and want to see you prosper. Along the way difficult choices will be made, but you have to be willing to rise up to meet them in order to get to the next level.

All of this is included in Samuels' book that should prove inspirational to anyone who has a desire to be the best of themselves. It's not about a political party. It's about a belief in yourself and what is possible. If you can focus on that, there is no way this book won't prove a resource for you.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By classie west on January 1, 2013
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I just had the opportunity to read this book "What Would Michelle Do" and really enjoy it. I found it witty, insightful and timely given the mass onslaught of reality shows highlighting women who've gained fame by simply being a baby's mother or by fighting another female. This book gives step by step advice to women of all ages on how to live a life that they can feel good about for the rest of the lives. A woman's life should not be led by desire for fame, money and or manipulation of men just to get finanically ahead. This book details how Michelle Obama became the woman she wanted to be before meeting the love of her life and how that has aided her in every situation she's faced through-out her life. I was uplifed and encouraged by this book and would highly recommened it to anyone. CW
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