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You Don’t Want To Miss Audible’s Top BHM Picks

As I should hope you’re all aware by now; February is Black History Month. It’s an international celebration of African-American leaders and artists, and Audible have some top titles to mark the occasion. Abby, Audible editor, says that Audible has chosen to “highlight luminaries who’ve taken the lead in shaping change and movement”. With activism as a core subject, here’s what they’ve picked:

 

Staff picks

The team at Audible have chosen Michelle Obama’s Becoming as a staff favorite, alongside Such a Fun Age and The Skin I’m InThese were chosen for a myriad of very valid reasons, but one thing they share is the incredible authors of color at their helm. Why not take a listen yourself and see if you agree with their choices?

 

MEMOIRS

In telling important stories of African-American experience, it’s important to have an authentic voice. These titles are memoirs from leading speakers and visionaries of color, such as Staceyann Chin and Nelson Mandela. Plus, with such a wide range of titles, there’s something in there to interest everyone.

 

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FICTION

Storytelling is an integral part of many different cultures, and in these titles, their authors have ingrained senses as storytellers. This is particularly noted for authors such as Zora Neale Hurston, who retains the vernacular speech in her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. Having a story told in the voice that would have originally told it heightens the entire experience.

 

politics

In activism, a political voice is always necessary. These titles “dive deep into the issues, both past and present”. There’s a wide range of diverse voices from Barack Obama to Stacey Abrams, most of which are narrated by the author themselves. Commemorations of Black History Month often take place in political spheres, too, making this section particularly necessary.

 

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What’s new?

Some of their titles are free to Audible members for the month of February, like Malcolm and Me written and performed by Ishmael Reed, or Our Harlem written and performed by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson.

On February 18th, two new titles are being released as part of The Great Courses:

African American Athletes Who Made History, written and performed by Louis Moore

Great Figures of the Civil Rights Movement, written and performed by Hasan Kwame Jefferies

Not only are these great titles for the series, they are perfect for Black History Month.

 

Audible have tonnes more to offer from Children/YA literature, to author interviews and profiles. Check out their Black History Month portal here for all of their February content to mark the occasion.

 

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Michelle Obama is a Grammy Winner!

Michelle Obama has received a grammy this past Sunday at the 62nd Grammy Awards. She was nominated in the “Best Spoken Word Album” and won for the audiobook of her memoir, Becoming. This is the third Grammy win for the Obamas, with Former President Barack Obama winning for the first grammy in the same category for the audiobook of his memoir, Dreams of my Father.

 

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Barack Obama also won another grammy back in 2008 for another memoir, The Audacity of Hope. This is Michelle’s first win for her bestselling memoir, which has sold millions of copies. The book also broke the Fifty Shades of Grey streak for staying number one on Amazon, since 2012. The book chronicles Michelle’s life, starting with her childhood and her upbringing, all the way up to her life as a First Lady, and even her life after being First Lady. She doesn’t hold back and lets all of her feelings come to light about being married to Barack Obama, and her feelings about him running for President.

 

 

 

Former First Lady, Hilary Clinton, also won a grammy for her memoir, Living History, back in 2003. Clinton, wrote the book when she was a Senator in New York. While Michelle’s is more about her life and how she managed to find a voice for herself while being a wife, mother and first lady. One of the most inspiring aspects of her memoir is how she learned to find her own life outside of her husband, and her children and stand on her own two feet and do things that were important to her.

Michelle Obama is one amazing woman, and her grammy win is well deserved.

 

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Birthday Girl’s Best Reads!

Michelle Obama is the queen we all need daily advice from. But since she’s sadly not on our speed dials, we will have to draw as much influence and inspiration from her recommended book list. For her birthday, we have put together a number of books this mega powerhouse of a lady thinks we should read. Make sure you snag these books as fast as possible if they aren’t already in your bookshelf!

 

1. an american marriage by tayari jones

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Similar to BecomingAn American Marriage discusses race, gender roles, and of course, love. A newly married couple, Celestial and Roy, find their lives turned upside down when he is convicted of a crime he did not commit. Left on her own while Roy starts a 12-year prison sentence, Celestial drifts away from him, emotionally. So what will happen to their marriage now?

 

 

2. the grapes of wrath by john steinbeck

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Published in 1939, this story is set against the backdrop of economic depression and ecological hardship, and has remained hugely popular to this day, and is a staple in Michelle’s list. It follows the fortunes of a family as they travel the iconic Route 66 from Oklahoma to California in search of a better life.

 

3. song of solomon by toni morrison

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It’s no secret that Michelle is a Toni Morrison fan, because back in 2011, during Take Your Child to Work Day, Obama noted Song of Solomon was the book that made her love reading. Song of Solomon is a coming of age story that discusses, in a literal and figurative sense, what it means to fly. The book has stirred up quite some controversy as it confronts many topics some have found uncomfortable, including racism, murder, and abusive relationships.

 

 

4. white teeth by zadie smith

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“I love the way the story weaves together so many complex and powerful forces that affect our lives and our relationships – family and parenting, religion and politics, and so much more. Plus, it’s just plain funny. I love books that make me laugh every now and then.”, says Michelle.

 

5. educated by tara westover

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Michelle says: “It’s an engrossing read, a fresh perspective on the power of an education, and it’s also a testament to the way grit and resilience can shape our lives. Tara’s upbringing was so different from my own, but learning about her world gave me insight into lives and experiences that weren’t a part of my own journey.”

 

 

6. conversations with myself by nelson mandela

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“I like to flip through it from time to time because it always seems to give me an extra boost when I need it. I cherish this both because it was signed by him and because he gave it to me as a gift when my family visited his home in 2011.” says Michelle.

 

 

Michelle Obama is the inspirational spirit animal everyone needs, and although she may not be the First Lady anymore, her book list is a portrayal of her vision and guidance, and we are thrilled to be able to share it with everyone.

 

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More Than A First Lady

One of the most influential ladies in the US, Michelle Obama, is celebrating another year of life. As former first lady, Mrs. Obama has shown nothing but kindness and has encouraged young women to believe in their futures. She is an inspiration to many and will always be one of the best first lady’s this country has ever seen.

Michelle Obama, formerly known as Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, was born January 17, 1964, to parents Fraser and Marian Robinson. Michelle and her older brother Craig were often mistaken to be twins as they weren’t that far apart in age. The Robinson’s lived in the South Side of Chicago, where both Craig and Michelle shared a room together separated by a sheet. Both children learned to read at home by the age of four, acquiring the knowledge they needed to skip second grade.

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By sixth grade, Michelle started to create a name for herself. Her smarts gained her access to an accelerated program at school. There, she was able to learn French and complete accelerated courses in Biology. As a gifted student, she was able to attend one of the top gifted schools in Chicago, Whitney M. Young High School, where she graduated in 1981.

 

 

Following her brother’s footsteps, Michelle was accepted into Princeton University, where she graduated cum laude in 1985 with a B.A. in Sociology. From there, Michelle went on to study law at Harvard Law School, receiving her JD degree.

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While working at her first job as a lawyer in Chicago, Michelle met Barack, who was a summer intern. Conveniently enough, Barack was assigned to Michelle as his adviser. After wooing her with his charm, Barack finally was able to gain the interest of Michelle. Within two years of dating, Barack proposed. The two were “married at Trinity United Church of Christ on October 3, 1992.”

 

 

In 1991, Michelle changed her career as a lawyer and went on to further her career in the public service field, working as an assistant to Mayor Richard Daley. This is no surprise, as Michelle focused on social issues such as poverty, healthy living and the value of education. During Barack Obama’s presidency, from 2008-2016, Michelle continued to inspire others by giving speeches of great magnitudes in support of the issues she believes in.

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In 2018, Michelle wrote the book Becoming, going back to her “roots and how a girl from the South Side found her voice. I hope my journey inspires readers to find the courage to become whoever they aspire to be.”

Later, in that year, Michelle and Barack came together and signed a deal with Netflix to produce series and films. This deal resulted in the August 2019 release of American Factory.

Despite being the former first lady, Michelle has continued to solidify her place in the world and is still loved by many. Happy Birthday, Michelle and keep being you.

 

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8 of Michelle Obama’s Must-Reads

Book lovers and Obama supporters alike wait with anticipation every year to hear Barrack Obama’s book picks for that summer. Fortunately, you now have another round of books to choose from thanks to Michelle who has a few book recommendations of her own. Despite your ever-growing to-be-read pile, when Michelle Obama tells you to read a certain book, you listen!

Following the release of her own memoir, Becoming, Michelle reveals eight more must-reads in her “By the Book” interview, published on December 6, 2018 in the New York Times. Other titles come from an interview with Jenna Bush Hager and a memorial posted on Instagram for what would have been a Holocaust victim’s ninetieth birthday.

 

 

8-Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Song of Solomon

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Part of the reason why Morrison received the 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature, Song of Solomon follows the life of Michigan native, Macon through his life as he searches for a sense of identity.

 

7-The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train

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Before the major motion picture, Rachel was just a girl who liked to ride the train everyday to London and back. It’s definitely not because the train passes her ex-husband’s house or the because she can see the perfect couple she envies so who live a few houses down. Definitely not.

 

 

6-White Teeth by Zadie Smith

White Teeth

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Smith’s London-centric novel follows two friends, one Bangladeshi and one Englishman, as they navigate family, friendship and life in the city.

 

5-Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

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The archetype for unreliable narrators, Gone Girl will have you guessing until the very last page. Follow Nick and her husband Amy who disappears, but why…and how…and where?

 

4-An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

An American Marriage

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Jones’ novel follows newlyweds who separate after a daunting rape trial. When they reunite later in life, things somehow get even more complicated.

 

 

3-Educated by Tara Westover

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Westover’s biographical memoir tells the story of how she fell in love with learning after growing up with little to none of it at all.

 

2-The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank

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Frank’s diary which she kept as a young girl before her family was sent to concentration camps during the Holocaust relay the horrors of the terrible tragedy.

 

1-Commonwealth by Anne Patchett

Commonwealth

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Patchett’s bestseller tells the story of a family whose dynamic gets turned upside down at a family christening and what happens when that child grows up and decides to share that story.

 

 

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