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Courage Is Contagious
Courage Is Contagious: And Other Reasons to Be Grateful for Michelle Obama | Nick Haramis
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A collection of essays celebrating the influential former first lady, by an array of acclaimed contributors and with a foreword by Lena Dunham Michelle Obamas legacy transcends categorization. Mrs. Obama was not only our first black first lady; she was President Obamas equal partner in marriage and parenthood and a tireless advocate for womens rights, education, healthy eating, and exercise. Her genre-busting personal style encouraged others to speak, to engage, even to dress as they wished. In an extension of his popular T, The New York Times Style Magazine feature, Nick Haramis has assembled nineteen essays from prizewinning writers, Hollywood stars, and political leadersall of whom have been moved and influenced by Mrs. Obamas extraordinary example of grace in power. Here are original testimonials from Gloria Steinem, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Alice Waters, and Charlamagne tha God, among others. Presidential biographer Jon Meacham supplies historical perspective. Actress Tracee Ellis Ross suggests that Mrs. Obama provided an antidote to all the false representations of black women that have inundated us for centuries. Anna Wintour and designer Jason Wu celebrate the former first ladys impact as an international fashion icon. Two ninth-grade girlsone in training to be a boxertalk about how Mrs. Obama has emboldened them to be themselves. Here are some of the many facets of Michelle Obama as she continues to inspire us, a stirring reminder that the best of America once lived in the White House, embodied in one authentic, inclusive, and courageous woman. Advance praise for Courage Is Contagious Courage Is Contagious reminds us of the fortitude, brilliance, grace, humility, compassion, and humor of a woman we were so crazy lucky to have serve as first lady. This is an exceptional celebration of a most exceptional American.J.J. Abrams The first lady planted a powerful new knowledge inside of each of us. When you read this book you realize its still in there and always will be.Miranda July, author of The First Bad Man and No One Belongs Here More Than You The diversity of the voices in Courage Is Contagious captures perfectly why Michelle Obama is so remarkable. If we can all see our best selves in her so vividly, how can we really be that different from each other? This glorious little book will give you goosebumps as it takes you on a journey celebrating one of the most important people alive.iO Tillett Wright, author of Darling Days
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This slim book of short pieces is a paean to Michelle Obama. Proud but not fawning, it celebrates her strength, intelligence, realness, and yes, her style. I feel warm after reading it. 😊

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TJReads
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Participated in a #readingsuperlativechallenge on Instagram! Here are so if my favorite reads, no so favorite reads, and everything in between! Happy reading!!

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BookishMarginalia
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Sweet paean to a strong, inspiring woman.

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TJReads
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I never thought I was alone in the love that I had for a woman I never met. During the Obama Presidency, Mrs. Obama gave a face to black women all across America and the world for that matter. Tearing down stigmas and negative connotations that have been associated with black women, for centuries. Showcasing that we are eloquent, graceful, and intelligence. Courage is Contagious affirmed that we are inspirational and magical, in our own right.

BellaBookNook Well said. I feel the same and must check out this book. 5y
TJReads @BellaBookNook a definite must read! Just to see how everyone, from all walks of life, love and value her just does something to you! This book was phenomenal and emotional, all in one! 5y
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BellaBookNook I cried when I read it so this book will need a tissue box.😊 5y
TJReads @BellaBookNook I haven‘t!! Thank you, I‘ll read it tonight! She‘s a brilliant writer, with so much emotion. I‘m sure I‘ll cry like a baby too! She‘s one of the essayists in the book as well! 5y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻👋🏻 5y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 👍📚 5y
Swe_Eva Welcome! I‘ll have to add this to my to-read pile as well! 5y
Bklover Welcome to Litsy! I have always felt like Mrs Obama and I were just good friends that hadn‘t met yet! 5y
TJReads @Bklover thank you! Lol exactly! I saw her from a distance once, and I could just feel the love! 5y
TJReads @Swe_Eva thank you! 5y
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 5y
asiriusreader Welcome to Litsy!! 5y
CarolynM Welcome to Litsy🌼 5y
Nute Truth! I love this post! You stated my thoughts exactly. I plan to find this book today! 4y
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This book made me both happy and sad. Happy that we had someone so wonderful as First Lady. Sad that she's no longer in the White House.
I liked how you hear from a variety of voices like Tracee Ellis Ross, Gloria Steinem, Jason Wu, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and also two ninth-grade girls, on how Michelle Obama has influenced their lives.

Andrea313 I can't wait to listen to this! Thanks for the reminder to add it to my Audible wishlist! 5y
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RealLifeReading
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Some #audiocrocheting today - first time I'm doing a popcorn stitch!

DGRachel Love the texture! 5y
Maria514626 Looks lovely! 5y
saresmoore It‘s a fun stitch! I‘m a big fan of the bean stitch, too. 5y
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RealLifeReading @saresmoore I had to google that - I haven't heard of it before. It looks really nice! 5y
MicrobeMom Lovely! I audioknit all the time! Love it! 5y
kspenmoll Lovely!!! 5y
Eggbeater It looks really good! The popcorn stitch is so fun! 5y
Mdargusch Nice! 5y
CrowCAH Beautiful!!! 5y
ghosthost You do lovely work! 5y
pmldhkr1234 Looks nice the stitch 5y
RealLifeReading @MicrobeMom I've never tried knitting. I started learning to crochet last year and knitting looks more complicated...! One day! 5y
RealLifeReading @Eggbeater it really is. And much easier than I expected 😀 5y
LeslieO So pretty! 5y
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CoffeeK8
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Lovely short book about how much Michelle means to a variety of Americans and how much she influenced us as a country. 💕

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I was browsing the library's audiobook collection and found this. Somehow I hadn't heard of it before and it's got a really interesting list of writers.

BlackandBookish I loved it. 5y
CoffeeK8 I just finished reading this, it was lovely! 5y
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mariaku21
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It's literally a love letter to Michelle in essay form.

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Christine
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I enjoyed this short and sweet book of tributes - too short, actually, as I was surprised and bummed that it went by so quickly on audio! I would have been happy to bask in Michelle‘s radiance for much, much longer. ✨ Now counting down to the release of her book in November! ⏳

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CoffeeK8
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Very excited to be starting this today! I‘m feeling nostalgic on this rainy Sunday morning

Jess_Read_This She‘s just a gorgeous person both inside and out! I miss her. 5y
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alisiakae
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#Tbrtemptation from the National Museum of African-American History and Culture gift shop!

Incredible museum, btw. If you can get tickets (we managed to score same day tickets this morning), I highly recommend a visit to this new museum that I thought would be on my bucket list for much longer before I could get there! 😃

MallenNC I really want to go to that museum. I've heard such good things about it. And I will of course have to look for books at the gift shop. 5y
heikemarie We take our eighth graders yearly, it‘s so great! 5y
enidkeaner I visited last year and it‘s really amazing. I was teary many, many times 5y
alisiakae @enidkeaner same here. @MallenNC It is incredible, definitely a must-see for all Americans! 5y
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PrezBookster
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Next Up!

LauraJ I miss her so much 😭 5y
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razmanda
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A teeny-tiny book with powerful reflections on First Lady in my heart, Michelle Obama. Lovely, fast and heartening read for anyone feeling despair at our current state of affairs.

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Christine
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Yes, please.

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