Michelle Obama shares personal stories of coping in new book


“This is how I stay armored when I am under attack. The book is that show.”

Former First Lady Michelle Obama, left, and former President Barack Obama arrive to cast their ballots at an early polling site on Monday, October 17, 2022, in Chicago. AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast

Michelle Obama said she struggled with an “overwhelming sense of despair” after the 2020 presidential election brought on by the death and isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic, and a summer of political and racial turmoil and rebellion at the US Capitol.

“I was in a low position,” she said. Then an idea occurred to her.

“Everyone was looking for some answers on how to deal. And for some reason they were asking me, ‘What are you doing?’ I had to start thinking about it,” the former first lady People said magazine In an interview linked to Tuesday’s release her second book, “The Light We Carry: Overcoming It in Uncertain Times.” set to open a file Book tour in six cities In Washington that day.

In the book, the wife of former President Barack Obama, one of the most famous women in the world, tells how she proves herself during these trying times and how she works to overcome her constant fear of change and self-doubt.

“Over the 58 years I’ve lived, I can look back and say, ‘This is how I deal with fear. These are the things I tell myself when I need to lift myself up. That’s how I stay visible in a world that doesn’t necessarily see a tall, black woman. “This is how I stay armored when I am under attack. The book is that show.”

“I believe that people do not learn through ordinances, but through stories,” she said. People posted an account of the interview on their website Thursday, and it will appear in the magazine’s November 21 issue, available nationwide on Friday.

Mrs. Obama, mother of Sasha and Malia Obama, opens up in the book everything from how difficult it is to make new friends to her experiences with racism, marriage, parenthood, and even menopause.

She also writes about leaning on the “kitchen table” of her best friend, led by her 85-year-old mother, Marian Robinson. The group includes Kathleen Paulis a hiking and yoga girlfriend and is the ex-wife of President Joe Biden’s son Hunter and mother of Maisie Biden, Sasha Obama’s best friend.

In 2018, Mrs. Obama launched Her bestselling memoir, “How to Becoming” She embarked on a US and international book tour to promote it. The book has sold more than 17 million copies worldwide, surpassing the sales of any memoir of a former first lady or modern president, including her husband.

In her new book, the former first lady describes looking in the mirror and seeing only her own flaws, and how she treats herself with kindness.

She said she also copes by indulging in what her husband calls “low-level television.”

“You name it, I’m watching it,” she said, naming HGTV, anything on the food channel and dating shows like “Married at First Sight” among her viewing options.

The former first lady described herself as an informed citizen who reads the newspaper, gets summaries and sits with her husband every night and knows what’s going on in the world.

But, she said, “When I’m on my own, I need to be able to take my head off and think about the wallpaper.”

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