The introduction to Michelle Obama’s new book, The Light We Carry, can cause alarm. “We became bolder in the bright. If you know your light, you know yourself.” Oh no. Michelle is gone. Next, she would roll out branded yoga pants and tell us to take a gong bath.
However, once you have opened it, the fear will lessen. Yes, a sequel to her bestselling memoir, Belong to, will sit in the self-help section and Obama offers advice on building confidence, alleviating anxiety, and parenting. But it has a basis in reality.
The heartbroken former first lady points out that the profiles you read about successful, wealthy women — “dressed, well-dressed, brilliant at running any empire they happen to happen to be. executive, and at the same time appear as if they are cooking dinner for the family. kids and fold each piece of laundry in the house” – not to mention the staff behind the scenes.
She assured us that Obama wouldn’t give “life tips about mascara or what to burn incense or what to put in your acai smoothie.”
She told us she started knitting during the pandemic, illustrating the “power of smallness”. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, Obama says, try a little activity that calms your mind.
It’s not groundbreaking; Nor is her advice about leaving your comfort zone, being nice to yourself and others, or spending time with friends. But it’s all delivered in her signature tone, which is fearless but inspiring (even if she’s too fond of a metaphor). She draws practical lessons from her own experiences.
Obama said that people who approached her after publication become It’s not about the little things about being a woman of color, or even about life in the White House, but about training a dog in the house, or dealing with the annoying habits of husbands.
Naturally, she includes a lot of little stories about her family life in this book: when daughters Sasha and Malia move into their own apartment in Los Angeles, worried father Barack email them a lengthy article about the earthquake and ask for help from the Secret Service. give them a summary of the disaster response (they politely answer “No, thanks”).
Politics isn’t mentioned too much, but Obama’s disgust for Donald Trump resonates. The fact that US voters chose this man – a politician who “makes selfishness and hatred somehow acceptable” – to succeed her husband still breaks her heart.
The despair she fell into was like a form of “low-grade” depression. She readily admits that she doesn’t have all the answers to life’s problems. But there is a lot of wisdom in this book to help the rest of us.
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‘The Light We Carry’ is published by Viking
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