The meaning of Michelle : 16 writers on the iconic first lady and how her journey inspires our own / edited by Veronica Chambers.

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    • Edition:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "Michelle Obama is unlike any other First Lady in American History. From her first moments on the public stage, she has challenged traditional American notions about what it means to be beautiful, to be strong, to be fashion-conscious, to be healthy, to be First Mom, to be a caretaker and hostess, and to be partner to the most powerful man in the world. As Hillary Clinton has said, admiringly about Michelle Obama, our soon to be ex-First Lady exemplifies "the ideal concept of American womanhood." What is remarkable is that, at 52, she is just getting started. While many books have looked at Michelle Obama from a fashion perspective, no book has fully explored what Michelle Obama means to our culture. The Meaning of Michelle will do just that, while offering a parting gift to a landmark moment in American history. This deliciously readable collection presents a chorus of diverse voices with smart, engaging perspectives on Michelle Obama. There will be a preface by Ava Duvernay and an introduction by Veronica Chambers. Confirmed contributors include Roxane Gay, Rebecca Walker, Chirlene McCray, Melissa Harris Perry, Brittney Cooper, Tiffany Dufu, Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran, Sarah Lewis, Dr. Janet Taylor, Benilde Little, Marcus Samuelsson, Phillipa Soo and Cathi Hanauer. "-- Provided by publisher.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-220).
    • ISBN:
      9781250114969 (hardback)
      1250114969 (hardback)
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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.

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LJ Reviews 2017 January #1

Editor Chambers (Mama's Girl) has assembled an engaging and delightful collection to help readers recognize that Michelle Obama is a distinct American icon, welcomed for her fresh approach to the role of First Lady. The essayists in this collection include women's studies and African American scholars, musicians, film industry leaders, and best-selling authors. For example, Hamilton star Phillipa Soo describes Obama's visit to her dressing room at the Public Theater, saying "this is the best piece of art I've ever seen." Many essays are lighthearted tributes to the ability of the author to relate to the experience of the First Lady as a black female professional, a "mom-in-chief," or a devoted popular culture and pop music fan. Several express their admiration for Obama's ease and refusing to give in to pressures and expectations to be someone she is not. Most express a belief that she is an example for African American girls and women to refuse limitations to dreams and goals. VERDICT Readers who wish to know more about the First Lady's influence and who want to understand her impact will enjoy the perceptions expressed in this unusual collection. [See Prepub Alert, 7/18/16.]—Jill Ortner, SUNY Buffalo Libs.

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

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.