January 28, 2023

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In an inspiring sequel to her critically acclaimed best-selling memoir, Becoming, former First Lady Michelle Obama shares practical wisdom and effective strategies for staying hopeful and balanced in today’s highly uncertain world.

There may not be neat solutions or succinct answers to life’s great challenges, but Michelle Obama believes we can all find and draw on a set of tools to help us better manage change and stay in the flow. In The Light We Carry, she opens an open and honest dialogue with readers, addressing the questions many of us wrestle with: How do we build lasting and honest relationships? How can we find strength and community in our differences? What tools do we use to address feelings of self-doubt or helplessness? What to do when everything feels too much?

Michelle Obama offers readers a series of fresh stories and insightful reflections on change, challenge and power, including her belief that when we shine for others, we illuminate the richness and potential of the world around us and discover deeper truths and new paths can for progress. Drawing from her experiences as a mother, daughter, wife, friend and first lady, she continues to share the habits and principles she has developed to successfully adapt to change and overcome various obstacles – the wisdom she has acquired to help her “will”. She describes her most valuable practices, such as “starting well,” “going high,” and putting together a “kitchen table” with trusted friends and mentors. With characteristic humor, candor, and compassion, she also explores issues related to race, gender, and visibility, and encourages readers to confront fears, find strength in community, and live boldly.

“When we are able to recognize our own light, we are empowered to use it,” writes Michelle Obama. A rewarding blend of powerful stories and profound advice that will spark conversations, The Light We Carry inspires readers to examine their own lives, identify their sources of joy, and connect meaningfully in a turbulent world.

Reasons to read it: After writing one of the best-selling books of all time and completing a historic stay in the White House, you might turn to Michelle Obama for tips on overcoming fear, staying positive, and realizing your worth. She shows how by building community and optimism we can all get through this time of general uncertainty and seemingly constant crisis.