Post–White House Wisdom
Town & Country|December 2018 / January 2019
Post–White House Wisdom

Former first lady Michelle Obama discusses her memoir—and her marriage—with Oprah Winfrey.

In Becoming (out now), Michelle Obama writes candidly about her life in the White House as well as the journey that brought her there and her experiences since leaving. In a wide-ranging conversation with Oprah Winfrey, the former first lady opens up about writing her book, the difficult decisions the process forced her to make, and why her current state of mind is different from what one might expect.

Oprah Winfrey: There are so many revelations in this book. Was writing about your private life scary?

Michelle Obama: Actually, no, because here’s the thing that I realized: People always ask me, “Why is it that you’re so authentic? How is it that people connect to you?” And I think it starts because I like me. I like my story and all the bumps and bruises. I think that’s what makes me uniquely me.

OW: So, after high school you went to Princeton, and then Harvard Law School. And then you joined this prestigious law firm in Chicago. Now this—when I read this I put three circles around it and two stars. You write, “I hated being a lawyer.”

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