Columbia SoCal Book Club: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Note: CAA SoCal book club readers can purchase their copies of "Becoming" for a 15% discount from Skylight Books.  Tell the bookseller about your CAA affiliation to get the discount. 

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

Come join fellow alumni and students for our next book club event to discuss Becoming. Please register by Thursday, January 31. Please note that no outside food or drinks are allowed, and a purchase at the cafe is required. There is also $3 validated parking available in the parking lot.

Click here to read the review from the New York Times

"I’m an ordinary person who found herself on an extraordinary journey. In sharing my story, I hope to help create space for other stories and other voices, to widen the pathway for who belongs and why." Michelle Obama

About the book:

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

About the author:

Michelle Robinson Obama served as First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, Mrs. Obama started her career as an attorney at the Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin, where she met her future husband, Barack Obama. She later worked in the Chicago mayor’s office, at the University of Chicago, and at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Mrs. Obama also founded the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, an organization that prepares young people for careers in public service.

The Obamas currently live in Washington, DC, and have two daughters, Malia and Sasha.

If you are interested in leading the next book club meeting, or have suggestions for books you'd like to see read, please contact Emily at [email protected]

February 03, 2019 at 2:00pm - 4pm

Caffe Bene

3287 Wilshire Blvd
Second Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010
United States

Emily Burg '96BC

Will you come?