What I’m Reading

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January Book

Becoming Michelle Obama

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama’s powerful memoir gives us a glimpse into her childhood growing up in the South Side of Chicago, attending Princeton aHarvard Law, becoming a successful attorney and then meeting an optimistic intellectual man who would become the first black President of the United States.

On a personal note, this book has brought me back from the pit of despair I’ve wallowed in since the 2016 election. This memoir reminded me that change takes patience and that we can plant the seeds of change and progress right now and may see them grow in the months, years, decades to come. The point is to stay engaged in the planting process and not be thrown off by every news cycle, every half-step backwards. Part of being the change is knowing that we will experience setbacks and persevering through them.

February Book

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

This next book that I will be reading is a novel about a socially awkward heroine who embarks on a journey of self-discovery. In all honesty, I chose this book because it was recommended on Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club and I recently read The Nightingale which I loved (which was also on Reese’s Book Club). I’ve heard good things about this one but I don’t know much about it yet. I will be back here to deliver my reflections once I’ve read it. Stay tuned!