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'Becoming' Book Club: Former First Lady's Memoir Resonates With Readers

Michelle Obama's book "Becoming" has been a record-breaking best-seller since its release last November and still tops the list of Amazon's most popular books. 

Hundreds of local library patrons are waiting to borrow a copy and San Antonio Public Library branches are setting up book discussions on "Becoming" for the remainder of Black History Month

What is the appeal behind the book and what do readers find compelling? How does the former First Lady's personal journey relate to universal themes? 

What insights does the book have on the American experience, including the pursuit of education and the role of women in the United States?

Can lessons shared in "Becoming" spur cross-generational conversations about what it means to be black and female in America?  

Visit the San Antonio Public Library's Facebook or calendar to view more information on scheduled events. The first discussion starts at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11 at Johnston library.


  • Marcella McGowan, adult services librarian at the San Antonio Public Library's Cody Branch 
  • Karla Broadus, senior lecturer in literacy education and director of the African American Studies program at the University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Lauren Mims, former assistant director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans during the Obama Administration and a doctoral candidate in education psychology at the University of Virginia. 

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This interview aired on Monday, February 11, 2019. 

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