First Lady of HopeBook - 2008
Presents a portrait of Michelle Obama from her youth on the south side of Chicago and her education at Princeton and Harvard Law School to her relationship with Barack Obama and her views on political issues.
Globe Fearon Co
There is no one quite like her. 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 remark, “For the first time in my adult life I am really proud of my country,” did her husband’s campaign no good. A woman whose impassioned speech to the Democratic National Convention may have helped win him 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 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.
Connecticut-based Lightfoot has worked as a newspaper and Associated Press reporter, columnist, and magazine writer. She offers general readers a concise biography of America's current first lady. The text ranges in topics from Obama's early years growing up in a working-class family on the South Side of Chicago, to her undergraduate years at Princeton and law school at Harvard; her transition from working as a corporate lawyer to serving in the public sector; marriage and motherhood; being a political spouse; the role of fashion and image in the presidential campaign; questions of race, gender, and age during the campaign; and the November 4, 2008 Election Day. The author drew on news stories, blogs, columns, videos, and personal contacts--but no face-to-face contact with Michelle Obama--to write the book. Distributed in the US by Dufour Editions. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)