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

by Chambers, Veronica [editor.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, 2017.Edition: First edition.Description: xiii, 220 pages ; 22cm.ISBN: 9781250114969 (hardback); 1250114969 (hardback).Subject(s): Obama, Michelle, 1964- | Presidents' spouses -- United States -- Biography | Obama, Michelle, 1964- | Presidents' spouses | United States | Presidents' spouses -- United States -- Biography | BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Political | LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays | Biography | Essays | Biographies
Contents:
Preface / Ava Duvernay -- Introduction: Homegirls / Veronica Chambers -- Michelle in high cotton / Benilde Little -- Crushing on Michelle : or, The unapologetic power of Blackness / Damon Young -- The composer and the brain : a conversation about music, marriage, power, creativity, partnership ... and the Obamas / Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran -- Lady O and King Bey / Brittney Cooper -- We go way back / Ylonda Gault Caviness -- Two Black first ladies walk into a room / Chirlane McCray -- Becoming the wife / Cathi Hanauer -- On being flawlessly imperfect / Tiffany Dufu -- She slays : Michelle Obama & the power of dressing like you mean it / Tanisha C. Ford -- Cooking with a narrative / Marcus Samuelsson -- Michelle Obama : representational justice / Sarah Lewis -- The freedom to be yourself / Karen Hill Anton -- She loves herself when she is laughing : Michelle Obama, taking down a stereotype and co-creating a presidency / Rebecca Carroll -- The best of wives and best of women / Phillipa Soo -- Making space / Roxane Gay.
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.
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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 does just that, while offering a parting gift to a landmark moment in American history. This collection presents a chorus of diverse voices with smart, engaging perspectives on Michelle Obama. Contributors include Ava DuVernay, Benilde Little, Damon Young, Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran, Brittney Cooper, Ylonda Gault Caviness, Chirlane McCray, Cathi Hanauer, Tiffany Dufu, Tanisha Forde, Marcus Samuelsson, Sarah Lewis, Phillipa Soo, Rebecca Carroll, and Roxane Gay.

"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.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-220).

Preface / Ava Duvernay -- Introduction: Homegirls / Veronica Chambers -- Michelle in high cotton / Benilde Little -- Crushing on Michelle : or, The unapologetic power of Blackness / Damon Young -- The composer and the brain : a conversation about music, marriage, power, creativity, partnership ... and the Obamas / Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran -- Lady O and King Bey / Brittney Cooper -- We go way back / Ylonda Gault Caviness -- Two Black first ladies walk into a room / Chirlane McCray -- Becoming the wife / Cathi Hanauer -- On being flawlessly imperfect / Tiffany Dufu -- She slays : Michelle Obama & the power of dressing like you mean it / Tanisha C. Ford -- Cooking with a narrative / Marcus Samuelsson -- Michelle Obama : representational justice / Sarah Lewis -- The freedom to be yourself / Karen Hill Anton -- She loves herself when she is laughing : Michelle Obama, taking down a stereotype and co-creating a presidency / Rebecca Carroll -- The best of wives and best of women / Phillipa Soo -- Making space / Roxane Gay.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. xi)
  • Introduction: Homegirls (p. 1)
  • Michelle in High Cotton (p. 13)
  • Crushing on Michelle: Or the Unapologetic Power of Blackness (p. 33)
  • The Composer and the Brain: A Conversation about Music, Marriage, Power, Creativity, Partnership ... and the Obamas (p. 45)
  • Lady O and King Bey (p. 57)
  • We Go Way Back (p. 69)
  • Two Black First Ladies Walk into a Room (p. 73)
  • Becoming the Wife (p. 85)
  • On Being Flawlessly Imperfect (p. 101)
  • She Slays: Michelle Obama & the Power of Dressing Like You Mean It (p. 115)
  • Cooking with a Narrative (p. 131)
  • Michelle Obama: Representational Justice (p. 145)
  • The Freedom to Be Yourself (p. 155)
  • She Loves Herself When She Is Laughing: Michelle Obama, Taking Down a Stereotype and Co-Creating a Presidency (p. 171)
  • The Best of Wives and Best of Women (p. 181)
  • Making Space (p. 191)
  • Contributor Biographies (p. 199)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 211)
  • Notes (p. 217)

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Library Journal Review

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 Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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