The Light We Carry - Michelle Obama

The Light We Carry

By Michelle Obama

  • Release Date: 2022-11-15
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 343 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER • ONE OF TIME’S 100 MUST-READ BOOKS OF 2022 • In an inspiring follow-up to her critically acclaimed, #1 bestselling memoir Becoming, former First Lady Michelle Obama shares practical wisdom and powerful strategies for staying hopeful and balanced in today’s highly uncertain world.
There may be no tidy solutions or pithy answers to life’s big challenges, but Michelle Obama believes that we can all locate and lean on a set of tools to help us better navigate change and remain steady within flux. In The Light We Carry, she opens a frank and honest dialogue with readers, considering the questions many of us wrestle with: How do we build enduring and honest relationships? How can we discover strength and community inside our differences? What tools do we use to address feelings of self-doubt or helplessness? What do we do when it all starts to feel like 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 light up for others, we can illuminate the richness and potential of the world around us, discovering deeper truths and new pathways for progress. Drawing from her experiences as a mother, daughter, spouse, friend, and First Lady, she shares the habits and principles she has developed to successfully adapt to change and overcome various obstacles—the earned wisdom that helps her continue to “become.” She details her most valuable practices, like “starting kind,” “going high,” and assembling a “kitchen table” of trusted friends and mentors. With trademark humor, candor, and compassion, she also explores issues connected to race, gender, and visibility, encouraging readers to work through fear, find strength in community, and live with boldness.
“When we are able to recognize our own light, we become empowered to use it,” writes Michelle Obama. A rewarding blend of powerful stories and profound advice that will ignite conversation, The Light We Carry inspires readers to examine their own lives, identify their sources of gladness, and connect meaningfully in a turbulent world.


  • HOPE

    By 1025SwMarket
    The book is eye opening.
  • Inspirational words

    By krsdolbow
    I am invigorated and inspired through Michelle’s words. This is the first book I have read where the author describes the world I live in with traumatic brain injury. Michelle understands an altered lifestyle necessary when health issues demand daily changes and difficult choices made to simply live.
  • Oh my!

    By 16siuoL
    Going high? Just felt a bit disappointed in this book. Far away from a distinctive logical leads
  • Amazing author

    By Janbones
    I found it quite boring, but wanted to continue. Loved becoming
  • Gems & Best Practices

    By Ciana C.
    I had no intention of reading this book because I already knew the message, you have light, don’t dim it, blah blah blah. Don’t get me wrong, I love my forever First Lady, but self help ain’t my jam. However this book has been mildly interesting and Mrs. Obama has definitely dropped or referenced some gems. The first gem that struck me in particular, was a personal story from the amazing Toni Morrison, who provided an example of starting with kindness. In a world that will tear you down at all cost, we need to be kinder to ourselves, because who is else is going to do it. Morrison’s story discussed her being a “critical mother”which in her mind (and most mothers) is equated caring. Morrison explains our children can rarely interpret that criticism as care. Which makes total sense, all they see is the arched eyebrow and pursed lips. I related to this story immediately. I have middle schoolers and if you remember middle school is literally one of the most critical times in your life, you are judged for everything! And with that understanding this book and Morrison’s story reminded me to address my kiddos first with kindness and not add to their judgement filled day by greeting them with criticism, rather show them I am glad to see them. Especially now, that I am no longer greeted by those elementary school smiles and hugs. I share this to say Mrs. Obama’s book is more than self help, but really a sharing of best practices as we move through all facets of life in an ever changing world, and I appreciated the book more than I thought I would. In her last chapter, which she focuses on the phrase “when they go low, we go high,” she leaves us with this final gem, “you need to choose your fights, be careful with your feelings, and think about your long term goals,” which I think is great logic that can be applied to all aspects of life work, kids, marriage, and you. If that is what “going high” means I will stay in the clouds with you Mrs. Obama!
  • Narcissistic Writing

    By Alyblueyz
    All you ever need to know about a Narcissist who is an ELITIST!
  • Life Lessons From a Life Winner

    By Mylor007
    Congratulations, Mrs. Obama, on another well-written book. While I’m not exactly sure that I’d call this a second memoir, what I am sure of is that the wealth of experience you have accumulated in your impressive life, channeled into advice for readers of all ages, from all walks of life, at different levels of life is something that will stick with me; especially now that I am embarking on a journey that will hopefully see me live out my days with my life partner. Thank you for this gem.
  • Love her wisdom!

    By Janner 11
    Michelle has such wonderful advice and insights. Reading her books is like therapy for me. I’m always so impressed with her parents and their guidance. She gives me strength.
  • Inspirational

    By Fia’apia Findley
    It gave me everything I needed to know I WILL be okay and I can do it!
  • Absolutely loved it…

    By BHBrooks
    What a gift this book is - it feels like a conversation with an old friend, as they’re helping you out of a difficult time. I couldn’t have loved it more.