The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own
Booklist Reviews 2016 December #1
*Starred Review* When Michelle Obama stepped on the national stage as the First Lady, she challenged the view most Americans had about that largely ceremonial position. She had been criticized during the campaign as an "angry black woman" and scrutinized for everything from her bangs to her fist bumps. But all along, Obama has had admirers who applauded her sense of authenticity as well as her sense of style. Writer and editor Chambers gathered essays from a wide range of admirers who examine Obama's indelible impact on American culture as they explore what her First Ladyship has meant to them as artists, writers, social commentators, and journalists. The contributors recall Obama's Bring Back Our Girls campaign when 276 Nigerian girls were kidnapped by terrorists, and her role as mom-in-chief campaigning to fight childhood obesity. They also recall criticisms by some feminists for her traditional role and applause from black women delighted to see a traditional black family on national display. Many praise her accessibility, her combination of success and a "home girl" quality that has validated the ambitions of women, particularly black women. Among the 16 contributors are novelist Benilde Little; Tony-nominated actress Phillipa Soo; film director Ava Duvernay; and Charlene McCray, First Lady of New York City. This is a glorious tribute to an incredible woman. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2016 August #1
Contributions from Roxane Gay, Rebecca Walker, Marcus Samuelsson, and more celebrate Michelle Obama as she leave the White House.[Page 62]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
LJ Reviews 2017 January #1
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PW Reviews 2016 October #5
This charming series of 15 essays about Michelle Obama, deftly assembled by editor Chambers (Mama's Girl), finds inspiration in various facets of the 46th First Lady of the United States as her time in that role draws to a close. Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City, draws parallels between their respective positions in "Two Black First Ladies Walk into a Room." Amherst professor Tanisha Ford ruminates on Obama's evolving sense of style, from J. Crew to Jason Wu, in "She Slays." Chef Marcus Samuelsson shares his excitement in preparing the Obamas' first state dinner in "Cooking with a Narrative" (complete with mouthwatering menu). Rutgers professor Brittney Cooper examines the friendship of Michelle Obama and Beyoncé in "Lady O and King Bey." Many of the contributors applaud the validation they feel the Obama administration has given them. In "Crushing on Michelle," Damon Young, founder of the online magazine VSB, contrasts his own generation's experience to that of his young niece and nephew, for whom an African-American president and first lady "is literally all they know." That sense of gratitude resonates through each offering in this compilation, a warm tribute to an inspiring woman of color who has lived in the public eye for more than eight years. (Jan.) Copyright 2016 Publisher Weekly.