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Meaning of Michelle

The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own

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“This anthology, edited by journalist and author Veronica Chambers, was published just days before the Obamas left the White House, but the essays within feel more relevant than ever.”

Featured in Time’s Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2017.

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Ranked 75th in Books

Ranked 11th in Biographies

Ranked 36th in Non-fiction

Ranked 13th in Politics

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Michelle Obama stands out as a unique First Lady – one not seen before in the entirety of US history. Ever since she first came into the spotlight she has changed the perception of her role and bucked American notions based in tradition about what beauty is, what strength is, what it means to be fashion conscious, what it means to be healthy, what a First Mom is, what a hostess is and what it means to be the partner of the most powerful man in the world. The best part is that she is just starting this journey at the age of fifty-two.

Michelle Obama has had a lot of books written about her. However, most focus on the fashion angle and don’t venture beyond that. Yet, the impact she has had on American culture and what she means to it has not been adequately explored until now. This is where The Meaning of Michelle comes in. It examines her impact and acts as a goodbye present for a moment that was hugely significant in the history of America. Also, the book also includes lively conversations about marriage, class, race, womanhood, creativity and what being American means in the current climate.

The contributors to this book are: Veronica Chambers, Ava DuVernay, Daman Young, Benilde Little, Jason Moran, Alicia Hall Moran, Ylonda Gault Caviness, Brittney Cooper, Cathy Hanauer, Chirlane McCray, Tanisha Ford, Tiffany Dufu, Sarah Lewis, Michael Samuelsson, Rebecca Carroll, Karen Hill Anton, Roxane Gay and Phillipa Soo.

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