Slevin, Peter (author). Apr. 2015. 432p. Knopf, hardcover, $27.95 ( 9780307958822). 973.932092. REVIEW. First published February 15, 2015 (Booklist).
A descendant of slaves, Michelle Obama has a lineage and a life history most unlikely for a First Lady. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago in a working-class black family, she has lived her life against the backdrop of major developments in black America. When she became First Lady in 2008, she changed the trajectory of American history. Journalist Slevin explores Michelle’s family history and struggle to rise above racial limitations, her marriage, and her close friendships.