Becoming Michelle Obama: 5 Details Revealed in Her Memoir

Becoming Michelle Obama: 5 Details Revealed in her Memoir - Book Cover

Michelle Obama’s memoir Becoming just dropped onto bookshelves a couple of days ago, but it’s already become a #1 national bestseller. In fact, the highly anticipated book grabbed the most pre-order sales of any new release since 2015.

So, what will you discover in the former first lady’s intimate book?

Let’s take a peek inside the pages. Here are five personal details from Michelle Obama’s life before and after her time in the White House — all revealed inside Becoming.

 

1. Michelle once snuck out of the White House.

With her daughter Malia by her side, Michelle snuck out of their presidential home after the Supreme Court made the decision to legalize gay marriage. Why? They wanted to see the White House displayed in rainbow lights. The only problem was they couldn’t get past the locked doors until some staff members helped them find an exit.

 

2. She has some opinions about President Donald Trump.

Michelle shares several thoughts on Donald Trump, including the one thing she’ll never excuse: questioning Barack Obama’s birth certificate.  “Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk. And for this, I’d never forgive him,” she explains.

 

3. What wearing that custom-made Jason Wu gown to the inaugural ball meant to her:

“The dress resurrected the dreaminess of my family’s metamorphosis, the promise of this entire experience, transforming me if not into a full-blown ballroom princess, then at least into a woman capable of climbing onto another stage. I was now FLOTUS — First Lady of the United States — to Barack’s POTUS. It was time to celebrate.”

 

4. Michelle opens up about her painful struggle to have children.

In her memoir, Michelle writes about the difficulty she faced in becoming pregnant and the IVF process that followed.

“We were trying to get pregnant and it wasn’t going well. We had one pregnancy test come back positive, which caused us both to forget every worry and swoon with joy, but a couple of weeks later I had a miscarriage, which left me physically uncomfortable and cratered any optimism we felt.”

 

5. Her marriage takes work too.

Even though they might look like the perfect couple from afar, the Obamas are proof that every marriage has its ups and down. Michelle digs into the details about how she attended marriage counseling with her husband to work through some of their issues. Initially, he was against seeing a therapist and thought it seemed dramatic.

But as Michelle tell us, it later turned out to be an incredible turning point in their relationship.

It turns out they’re more like us than we thought.

You might be wondering if the former first lady addresses her future in politics. Will Michelle ever run for the presidency? Well, if you’ve been waiting for a Michelle in 2020 campaign, we have some bad news to tell you.

According to the Washington Post, “I’ve never been a fan of politics, and my experience over the last ten years has done little to change that. I continue to be put off by the nastiness,” she stated.

In the meantime, you can pick up a copy of Michelle Obama’s memoir right here at Textbook Nova.

7 Classic Books That Are Still Relevant Today

7 Classic Books That Are Still Relevant Today

What makes a book a classic? Who decides what books become essential reading? To me, a classic novel is a story that stands the test of time.

I’ve read many of the iconic classics in my lifetime (though it wasn’t always by choice). While I was an avid reader even as a young child, my mom wanted me to explore books outside The Rugrat Files or Twitches. So, she started picking up some of the classics for me.

Some I fell in love with. Some bored me, and I only pretended to read them. Many of them took a little time to really get into. But nonetheless, I’m grateful that my mom and our English teachers still encourage us to read these pieces of literature.

There’s a reason these stories last (even if the style of language can be hard to follow a few novels that go way back).

Here are a few of my favorites and why I think they’re still important today:

 

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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We’ve come a long way since the 1960’s when it comes to race, but we still have a long way to go when it comes to inclusion. Whatever progress we’ve made doesn’t change the fact that we are still a divided world.

 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kensey

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Written in 1962, this novel was turned into a popular movie in the 1970’s. The reason it resonated with people is a topic that still applies more than 50 years later. This novel is told from the view of living in a psychiatric ward and, to many, represented the struggle of resisting against ineffective authority.

 

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

7 Classic Books That Are Still Relevant Today: Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 is another classic set in a hedonistic future. But this time, the plot is focused on the idea of toxic censorship. Books are banned and burned. The people living in this world don’t read–they spend their free time on pure entertainment. It’s not hard to see how this future feels eerily close to today’s world.

 

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith

7 Classic Books That Are Still Relevant Today: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

I read this coming-of-age story about growing up in the inner city when I was 10, but I didn’t really appreciate it until I re-read a few years later. It doesn’t feel like a novel that written over 100 years ago. It’s about struggling in poverty and how that experience compares to living in privilege. I think it applies to modern life and how we compare ourselves to each other on social media.

 

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

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This one was assigned reading in my sophomore English class, but it was a book I couldn’t put down after starting to read it. Written during the Great Depression era, it tells the gut-wrenching story of two men who are struggling to reach their dream of someday owning a piece of land. (Note: This book is controversial due to offensive language and slurs)

 

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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Set in the future (more than 500 years from now), a Brave New World takes place in a dystopian society where technology is used to control society. As technology changes faster than ever, this classic has never been more important than it is today.

 

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

7 Classic Books That Are Still Relevant Today: The Lovely Bones

Based on the true story of a young teen who was murdered in the 1970’s, this story is a fictional tale of grief, the afterlife, and the experiences that make us human. Death is something every human on earth faces. The perspective of life on earth shown in the book is touching and gives you a lot to think about.

 

What are some of your favorite classic books? How do you think they relate to us today?

Why is Crazy Rich Asians Important? Here are 5 Reasons to Read the Novel.

It’s already crushed tons of records over the last month, but Crazy Rich Asians shows no signs of slowing down its box office domination yet.

The mainstream rom-com has become the biggest summer hit in this genre since 2015. Why all the buzz? Why is Crazy Rich Asians important? Well, it’s significant for two reasons. In the first place, Crazy Rich Asians is the first Hollywood studio film with an all-Asian cast in over two decades.

Not to mention, it’s an opportunity for us regular folk to indulge in the lush, over-the-top fantasy lifestyle of the mega-rich.

How can you pass that up? It’s pure, fun escapism.

If you haven’t had a chance to catch the movie, go see it! Meanwhile, you should also check out the bestselling novel by Kevin Kwan. If you enjoyed the movie, you’ll love reading the books. Just be warned: they’re highly addictive.

If you aren’t familiar with the novel yet you probably want a little backstory, right?

The plot follows a young couple, Nick and Rachel. They’ve been dating for two years in the States, but Nick wants to bring Rachel to stay with his family in Singapore for the summer. When they arrive in Singapore, Rachel discovers her boyfriend is crazy rich.

Here are 5 reasons why you should read Crazy Rich Asians (and the rest of the trilogy).

 

1. RICH CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

There are a bazillion characters to keep track of in this book. But they’re highly entertaining! Nick comes from a huge family, but as you get further along in the book you start to recognize everyone by their personality and how they’re all connected.

The novel digs deeper into the character development–it really fills in those gaps that weren’t fleshed out in the movie. While I personally enjoy Nick and Rachel’s love story, his family members are what make the story hilarious.

 

2. YOU’LL GET SUCKED IN BY THE DRAMA

If you think your family is out there wait until you meet Nick Young’s circle of relatives. They’re unwelcoming toward Rachel, to say the least. Nick’s family believes she’s in it for the money– they refuse to accept her because she’s an American. This leads to a whole lot of drama and entertainment from everyone.

And if you have trouble keeping up with the zillion characters in his family? There’s a family tree to help you follow along.

 

3. PEEK INTO ANOTHER CULTURE

The author, Kevin Kwan, includes snippets of Malay language throughout the book. This is one reason why I highly recommend the print version of this novel: He offers translations via footnotes throughout the book. On the Kindle version, these notes can appear of out of order.

Not only is the book rich with language, but you get to look at another culture. One that I didn’t previously know much about. Crazy Rich Asians lets you imagine the beautiful landscapes, mouth-watering food, and designer clothing of the wealthy elite in Singapore.

 

4. RICH AND DESCRIPTIVE DETAILS

Crazy Rich Asians paints an impressive portrait of opulence and culture. Seriously, you’ll be dying to taste all of the food he describes. You can see the exotic, vivid landscapes come to life across the pages. The glitz of luxury makes this book the perfect escape.  

 

5. IT’S AN EASY AND LIGHTHEARTED READ

Whether you need a break from the whirlwind of school or just want to read something amusing, this novel is a breeze to get through. You could easily read this in a day. Between the fantasy and drama, I couldn’t put it down.

It’s perfect to take along as a vacation read or you can save it for a rainy Saturday. And once you finish? Trust me, you’ll have questions. It gets even better with the sequels, China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems.

So what are you waiting for? Check out the movie while it’s still in theaters and grab a copy of the book today!

7 Books to Read After College Graduation

7 Best Books for Recent College Graduates in 2018

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Get ready for a rollercoaster of emotions.

You see, once you wrap up that last round of finals this jumble of conflicting emotions starts to sneak up on you.

It begins with a feeling of joy.

There’s a sense of pride from everything you accomplished.

Relief that the frenzy of the last month is winding down.

Then it hits you. Suddenly, college graduation starts to feel bittersweet. After all, you’ve just spent the last four years surrounded by a close group of friends and professors to guide you along the way.

Now what?

Maybe there’s still a summer internship to wrap up or an extensive job search to begin. Either way, the transition from college into the real world can feel pretty overwhelming at times. Whether you’re a recent graduate yourself or know somebody trying to figure it all out, here are 7 must-read books for college grads in 2018.

 

7 Best Books for Recent College Graduates in 2018

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7 Best Books for Recent College Graduates in 2018

 

In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It by Lauren Graham

7 Best Books for Recent College Graduates in 2018

This brand new release from New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Graham, offers life lessons for new graduates on transitioning to adulthood, chasing your dreams, and the significance of what it means to live in the present.

The beloved actress from Gilmore Girls gave a commencement speech at a high school graduation in her hometown; she expanded her well-received speech into this book. It makes a terrific graduation gift, as the short and sweet read makes it easy to digest the advice inside.

“Perform every job as if you’re being well paid, as someone who probably wasn’t paying me well once told me. Which is to say: why not treat yourself now as the success you dream of becoming?”–Lauren Graham

 

Adulthood for Beginners: All the Life Secrets Nobody Bothered to Tell You by Andy Boyle

7 Best Books for Recent College Graduates in 2018

This entertaining life-survival guide is jam-packed with quick, humorous tips to help you get through the awkward period of first becoming an adult.

Comedian Andy Boyle writes in a conversational tone that’s fun and easy for readers to understand. After picking up this book on a whim, I discovered it was surprisingly relatable. It felt like the perfect self-help style for people who normally avoid a traditional book on self-improvement.

 

Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown

7 Best Books for Recent College Graduates in 2018

Kelly Williams Brown narrates this light-hearted blueprint on navigating the adult word as a 20-something.

At first glance, a lot of the advice in here might seem like common sense. However, it turned out to be full of useful reminders like how to be taken seriously at work and what to check for when you’re renting an apartment.

Overall, it’s an amusing read for graduates who are still in the process of figuring out how to do things alone.

“A big part of being a well-adjusted person is accepting that you can’t be good at everything.”–Kelly Williams Brown

 

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

7 Best Books for Recent College Graduates in 2018

This wildly popular book has been on the list of best sellers since it was released nearly 5 years ago.

The author’s bold, irreverent writing style has made the book fall into two categories: you either love it or hate it. (Note: if you can’t stand swearing, I’d recommend skipping this one)

It’s less of an adulthood guide and more about how to create the life you want–whether that’s making a certain level of income or just pursuing your dreams.

 

The Useful Book: 201 Life Skills They Used to Teach in Home Ec and Shop by David Bowers

7 Best Books for Recent College Graduates in 2018

David Bowers wrote the crash course in over 200 life skills (to help college grads get through adulting).

This modern guide features DIY repairs on everything from your kitchen to your car–including tips on how to boil an egg, how to fix your plumbing problems, and how to make your bed. It’s a little bit of everything for the person moving into their first apartment or home.

Do we really need a book on how long to boil an egg? Judging from the number of times I’ve searched for that on Google over the last few years, most of today’s graduating class probably doesn’t know the answer to that question either.

 

The Quarter-Life Breakthrough: Invent Your Own Path, Find Meaningful Work, and Build a Life That Matters by Adam Smiley Poswolsky

7 Best Books for Recent College Graduates in 2018

Written with loads of actionable advice, this career guide is a must-read for today’s 20-something who is in pursuit of a truly meaningful career. The author’s writing style is both motivating and inspirational—without crossing the line into cliches.

 

Lean In for Graduates: With New Chapters by Experts, Including Find Your First Job, Negotiate Your Salary, and Own Who You Are by Sheryl Sandberg

7 Best Books for Recent College Graduates in 2018

College teaches you a ton. But one thing it misses out on? Teaching graduates how to find their first job in the real world. It can be a terrifying experience.

Sheryl Sandberg authored this groundbreaking guidebook for women on navigating the journey into a career; it’s loaded with advice that breaks down every step of the job hunt. You’ll find out how to negotiate a salary, write a resume, and what to say during a job interview.

5 Powerful Books to Read for Overcoming Stress and Anxiety

5 Powerful Books to Read for Overcoming Stress and Anxiety

Have you ever noticed your heart racing?

Or experienced a sleepless night?

Maybe you’re distracted by worries about a major project that’s coming up at school or work.

People with anxiety feel like this 24/7. It’s a tough topic to discuss, but statistics show that anxiety is the most common form of mental illness in the US. Nearly 20% of the popular suffers from anxiety–and it’s a growing issue facing college students.

Even if you don’t experience some form of anxiety yourself, chances are you know a loved one who does.

Fortunately, there are many approaches to treatment. You don’t have to enter therapy if you want to learn how to overcome stress and anxiety.

Here are 5 great books to check out first:

Badass Ways to End Anxiety & Stop Panic Attacks by Geert Verschaeve

5 Powerful Books to Read for Overcoming Stress and Anxiety

Have you ever been offered advice on how to treat anxiety?

Often you’ll hear people suggest breathing techniques, prescription medicines, and learning mindfulness. These might help the average person calm down, but for someone with anxiety, treatment becomes more complex.

Readers have described this book as life-changing. The author spent nearly 15 years dealing with the crippling effects of intense anxiety and panic attacks. In this time, he learned the best approach for ending anxiety was a mix of science and retraining your brain with techniques.

If you want practical advice full of compelling examples, you’ll enjoy this read. Verschaeve draws you into his story in a way that feels like he’s speaking directly to you.

 

Don’t Feed the Monkey Mind by Jennifer Shannon, LFMT

5 Powerful Books to Read for Overcoming Stress and Anxiety

Looking for a quick read? You’ll probably love this book. It takes the psychology-based ideas of CBT and breaks down technical terms into a guide that’s easy to understand. You’ll be able to empathize with others who do experience constant worrying, even if you don’t deal with it yourself.

Written by a psychotherapist, this book offers a humorous outlook on easing anxiety with cognitive behavior therapy (or CBT). Jennifer Shannon provides exercises and fun illustrations to help you challenge the thoughts that make you anxious. In fact, you might discover how “the monkey mind” affects you more often than you realized.

 

The Art of Fear: Why Conquering Fear Won’t Work and What To Do Instead by Kristen Ulmer

5 Powerful Books to Read for Overcoming Stress and Anxiety

This book is less focused on anxiety as a mental illness and more on the emotions of fear–something we ALL deal with at some point in our lives. Kristen Ulmer was once known as one of the best extreme skiers in the world for over a decade. She writes from the perspective of performing incredibly dangerous feats…daily! Extreme athletes seem superhuman when you watch them execute crazy tricks, so it’s really interesting to read about fear from Kristen’s point of view.

She explores a mindfulness tool called “Shift” to teach you how to embrace fear and transform your relationship with the feeling. It’s a fresh way to look at how accepting fear can take you places in life you never imagined.

 

My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind by Scott Stossel

5 Powerful Books to Read for Overcoming Stress and Anxiety

If you’re looking for straight-up advice, this isn’t the book for you. However, I wanted to include it for those of you who have friends or family who are trying to figure out how to overcome anxiety.

This bestselling memoir is well-researched and written from a personal perspective. It’s one of those reads that you won’t be able to put down. The author shares his emotional and gripping story on how phobias crippled him throughout life. You’ll leave with a deep understanding of how anxiety affects you (or your loved ones).

 

Tiny Buddha’s Worry Journal: A Creative Way to Let Go of Anxiety and Find Peace by Lori Deschene

5 Powerful Books to Read for Overcoming Stress and Anxiety

This interactive journal is perfect for creatives who want a hands-on way to deal with their stress. You won’t find a novel here, but it’s a fun workbook that’s made to help you relax and live in the present.

Written by the author of the popular website Tiny Buddha, this journal is jam-packed with inspiration that includes quotes, prompts, questions, and pages you can even color and doodle on..

According to the American Art Therapy Association, creating artwork offers a ton of benefits–it doesn’t have to be good either. If you’ve ever struggled to practice meditation, coloring is also considered an excellent way to achieve stress relief from mindfulness.

Great Christmas books for 2017

I know the holiday is rapidly approaching, and if you are like me you are scrambling to find a good gift for a friend or someone in your family. Fear not, for Textbook Nova is here and we want to remedy your situation. So kick back with some egg nog while we take you on a sleigh ride through all the fantastic books that make wonderful gifts.

For Kids and Children

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

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A full length Harry Potter book might be a little overwhelming for some kids, but a cookbook based on the recipes from the story won’t be! Any child who has an interest in the Harry Potter universe will surely like to see all the creative recipes they can make in their own kitchen. Who knows, maybe you will spark interest in a new cooking hobby for someone!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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There is no doubt in my mind that everyone reading this list right now has one time or another read this book. Maybe you remember your mom or dad reading it to you when you were little. Either way this book brings fond memories to a lot of people and is a Christmas classic. There’s no way to go wrong when gifting this book (or just about any book from Dr. Seuss).

The Lego Ideas Book: Unlock Your Imagination

The Lego Ideas Book: Unlock Your Imagination

I don’t know one single kid that doesn’t like Legos; they just aren’t out there! This Lego book is highly rated and will surely make those kids with a creative spirit jump for joy. Our imaginations are important tools for us to develop, and you can catalyze that growth with fantastic gifts like this book.

For Teens and Young Adults

Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)

Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)

If you haven’t read any of the Harry Potter books, you are definitely missing out. J.K. Rowling has created a fantasy universe that follows the story of a young wizard and his friends as they adventure through Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This is the complete set all seven books from the series, so anyone  you gift this to will be able to relive the magic of the story.

The Manual to Manhood

The Manual to Manhood: How to Cook the Perfect Steak, Change a Tire, Impress a Girl & 97 Other Skills You Need to Survive

Maybe you know a young boy that is quickly growing into a man, but hasn’t quite yet learned the subtle lessons in life. This book will help teach boys (or girls) the skills they will want to have in all sorts of different situations. Heck, some of my adult friends could probably use this book too… it’s too bad they never had anyone gift it to them when they were younger.

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

Women in Science features fifty of some of the most important women to contribute in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These STEM fields are much too often associated only with men, but it would be inaccurate to think that women haven’t contributed just as much or possibly even more! This book is a fantastic book for any young woman in your life that aspires to do great things in this world.

For Adults

Soft Skills: The software developer’s life manual

Soft Skills: The software developer's life manual

If you work in a technology or entrepreneurial related field haven’t heard of John Sonmez by now, it’s probably about time you did. This book offers techniques anyone can use to live a more productive and satisfying life. For a software developer, sometimes the hardest things to do are dealing with clients, coworkers, or managers; but John can show you the way. Not only can this book help you to develop those relationships, but he can teach you how to manage your time, money, and health in effective ways also. Anyone who receives this book for Christmas this year will definitely be extremely grateful.

Learn Better

Learn Better: Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, or, How to Become an Expert in Just About Anything

One important skill that a lot of people are still trying to master is the art of learning, and this book can help. Often times we think of learning as memorizing facts and burning them into your memory, but that’s not the most effective way. When we learn to teach ourselves better it helps in many different ways in our lives. These key steps and habits will help anyone to “learn how to learn” and they will thank you for it!

Year One: Chronicles of the One, Book 1

Year One: Chronicles of the One, Book 1

Just released earlier this month, Year One is a Science Fiction novel about an apocalypse that completely destroys half the word and cripples all our important governments and systems. In this land of anarchy everything is up for grabs and the main characters can only count on each other for survival as they travel west to safe haven.

We hope this list helped you with your Christmas shopping this year. Let us know on our social media pages if you have any other suggestions.