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The Memoir of Motherhood, as told by Michelle Obama, Toni Morrison, and Zora Neal Hurston

The Memoir of Motherhood, as told by Michelle Obama, Toni Morrison, and Zora Neal Hurston

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“There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there’s grace in being willing to know and hear others,” writes Michelle Obama in her memoir, Becoming. It is as much a memoir as it is a meditation on identity, and the creation of that identity. In that, motherhood juxtaposed by her own career ambitions are central themes, with which Obama contends in a way that is funny, relatable, and inspiring.

But Emily Lordi, writing for The New Yorker, argues that the canon of writing about motherhood has long been dominated by white women. She goes on to show how Obama’s memoir is part of a multi-generational attempt to make sense of motherhood and herself in a world still dominated by men.

Read the full article here.

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