#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 could also be no tidy solutions or pithy answers to life’s big challenges, but Michelle Obama believes that we will all locate and lean on a set of tools to assist us better navigate change and remain steady within flux. In The Light We Carry, she opens a frank and honest dialogue with listeners, considering the questions many people wrestle with: How do we build enduring and honest relationships? How are we able to 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 listeners a series of fresh stories and insightful reflections on change, challenge, and power, including her belief that when we light up for others, we will light up 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 more than a few obstacles—the earned wisdom that helps her continue to “turn out to be.” 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 listeners to work through fear, find strength in community, and live with boldness.
“When we may be able to recognize our own light, we turn out to be empowered to use it,” writes Michelle Obama. A rewarding blend of powerful stories and profound advice with a purpose to ignite conversation, The Light We Carry inspires listeners to examine their own lives, identify their sources of gladness, and connect meaningfully in a turbulent world.