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January 20, 2009. Inauguration Day. Making History.
Him—and Her.

 

“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.

Michelle Obama

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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (December 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599215217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599215211
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,055,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Denise L. Plourde-whitehair on December 5, 2008
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In the 16 page Preface, and following 10 page Introduction, we learn quickly that Lightfoot was given two months to write the book, and a few days to update it after the general election. We also learn she never interviewed Michelle, and begin to hear her suppositions as to how the Obama family compares to her own. Surprisingly, the Preface and Introduction prove to be better than the following Chapters 1-10 (169 pages of medium sized font, wide spaced print) which are followed by 3 pages of Acknowledgements and another 26 pages of Notes referencing the sources she used to write the book. Anyone who was half paying attention to news broadcasts throughout the election season has already heard everything contained within. Lightfoot shares little we don't already know about Michelle. She often and quickly digresses at length onto other persons and situations in the campaign, and repeats these details again and again in chapter after chapter, all the time giving her opinion and irrelevant thoughts regarding situations. I admit to having stopped reading after Chapter 8 out of sheer boredom and frustration. The book lacks proper editing; at times she speaks to our new President Elect; at other times, it appears she is writing as if the general election decision has not been made yet. Lightfoot quotes and relies on opinions of a British journalist friend, as well as a couple of Michelle's classmates (located in a yearbook) who had little or no interaction with Michelle. It appears throughout that she is struggling to fill the pages in any way she can. I recommend skipping this book entirely. Lightfoot and others should make another attempt only after more of Michelle is revealed to us in her early years as First Lady, or through direct interviews with Michelle and her family.
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By gbc71727 on September 24, 2008
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thoughtful and well-written. an interesting if somewhat unconventional delivery--the author combines michelle's story with a bit of her own, often suggesting an allegory between mrs. obama's humble roots and the happenings within her own respective life. this does occasionally detract from the main focus, but it also provides some interesting subtext that makes an at-times detached presidential spouse seem all the more familiar. overall, 'grace and intelligence' provides us with the rare biography that not only conveys the subject's life from an outward perspective but also draws us closer to a woman with whom we all, whether we realize it or not, can relate.
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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. Several chapters are dedicated to her career, but much of the book is about President Obama's campaign in 2008. It is a "short and sweet" book. Their is not very much detail about our current first lady at all.
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.
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I felt like this book was more about the campaign rather than about Michelle Obama. The first couple of chapters gave a little background information about the First Lady, but then went off topic to speak more about the campaign and Barack Obama. 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. I really had wanted a book that told more about Michelle Obama's life prior to becoming to First Lady.
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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.

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.
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