What Would Michelle Do?: A Modern-Day Guide to Living with Substance and Style

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Inspiring insights, advice, and style for every woman who admires the popular and poised First Lady Michelle Obama

Embodying style, class, and intelligence, Michelle Obama has quickly become an American icon. Rising from modest beginnings, she went on to earn an Ivy League education, a position at a top law firm, and a pivotal role beside President Barack Obama. Yet Michelle still faces the same issues as most women today. As they watch her juggle kids, marriage, and a seemingly...

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Overview

Inspiring insights, advice, and style for every woman who admires the popular and poised First Lady Michelle Obama

Embodying style, class, and intelligence, Michelle Obama has quickly become an American icon. Rising from modest beginnings, she went on to earn an Ivy League education, a position at a top law firm, and a pivotal role beside President Barack Obama. Yet Michelle still faces the same issues as most women today. As they watch her juggle kids, marriage, and a seemingly nonstop calendar without breaking a sweat, American women are asking, What Would Michelle Do?

Award-winning Newsweek journalist Allison Samuels, who has interviewed the First Lady numerous times, follows the trajectory of Michelle's life to illustrate the determination, intellect, and charm that drove her success-and reveals how women can incorporate those same attributes to get everything Michelle has, from her toned arms to her grace under pressure to her happy marriage. With the 2012 elections looming, Michelle continues to be in the public's eye. Covering a range of lifestyle topics-from creating a distinctive style to conquering obstacles to managing a household-What Would Michelle Do? combines solid advice with a fun package that will appeal to style mavens, soccer moms, and career women alike.

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When Michelle Obama was at Princeton and then at Harvard Law School, I wonder if she knew that she would be a fashion and lifestyle icon to millions. An idea book on making the First Lady's sense of style all your own; fruitfully read with Mikki Taylor's Commander in Chic: Every Woman's Guide to Managing Her Style Like a First Lady, coming from Atria in November.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592407583
  • Publisher: Gotham
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 963,416
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Allison Samuels is a senior writer with Newsweek's The Daily Beast. Her cover story, "The Meaning of Michelle," appeared in Newsweek in December 2008. She is the author of three books as well as a former correspondent for NPR's News & Notes, and she is a contributor to publications including Rolling Stone, Essence, Marie Claire, and O, The Oprah Magazine. She has won numerous awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists' National Sports Award and the National Association of Black Journalists' First Place in Magazines Award. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Find Your Seat and lake It 1

Chapter 2 Using What You Have to Get What You Want 29

Chapter 3 What About Your Friends? 59

Chapter 4 Embrace the Beauty You Were Born With 87

Chapter 5 Fashion-Forward 117

Chapter 6 All the Single Ladies 145

Chapter 7 Love That Keeps Growing 169

Chapter 8 Making It Work 195

Chapter 9 The Challenges of Thriving and Surviving 211

Chapter 10 The House Is Definitely a Home 239

Chapter 11 A First Lady's Legacy 263

Sources 271

Acknowledgments 275

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    To all those who "Don't care," just don't buy the book

    To all those who "Don't care," just don't buy the book! To actually sit down and type exactly why YOU don't care is ludicrous! While I am not one who could see purchasing this book, who cares about your personal feelings of how she carries herself! We just ended years with a president who practically bankrupted the country with his war tactics, screwed up Hurricane Katrina relief handling of the victims, and let's not mention the invasion of Iraq and how his reasons were proven to be personally fueled. Let's not mention his ignorance and the fact that he probably couldn't spell "A, B, C" if he tried. But this was our president, Mr. Proud America himself. So now we have an African-American president and his wife in office, who has to clean up the garbage that the last started and they are condemned on all levels. "Lavish vacations?" Umm...correct me if I am wrong but ALL of the families have taken vacations. The Obama's happen to be in the spotlight for those who feed into the "How dare they" mode! "How dare the Obama's vacation!" Who cares about that?! Excessive staff? All presidents had this. I have not read one of these "reviews" that were totally accurate. She is the only first lady, probably with the exception of Mrs. Clinton who actually seemed to care about the children and who actually took the time to WRITE letters to those who write her (and not have her staff quote things that are not meant). She is on the front-line as much as her husband! That hardly seems "aloof" and self-absorbed.

    I would rather read "reviews" from those who read the book and not those who have a PERSONAL, unwarranted vendetta against the woman...must be Bush lovers.

    13 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    I think the book has interesting insights on what the AUTHOR th

    I think the book has interesting insights on what the AUTHOR thinks of Michelle Obama's style and character. Mrs. Obama did not write this book. How PETTY and VINDICTIVE of those who, without reading the book, would use this opportunity to display their personal prejudices. Hopefully, those who have a OPEN MINDED approach to reading will understand how the AUTHOR portrayed someone she feels is a positive, wholesome and exemplary role model. In a society that give us Lindsay Lohan, Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, and more as our "celebrities", I am more than eager to provide QUALITY reading material to my 9 & 10 year old grand daughters.

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    This book is not very good at all nor is it in the slightest bit

    This book is not very good at all nor is it in the slightest bit a comprehensive biography. It is just the author's attempt at over-glorifying a woman who does not have the usual style or grace of the first ladies of the past. Yes, she is educated and got a good job. Yes, she also had a good idea about improving kids lunches (even though it did not help most of the country whatsoever.) But no, this book is not an accurate portrayal of the first lady at all. It's just the author's pitiful attempt to try and make her into a celebrity, which she very much is not. Her "modest" beginnings really were about the fact that she came from a middle class family. The majority of Americans come from less money than her family did and her mom stayed at home! Now, she is in the white house, not working at a real job, and she's not even raising her own kids. What exactly are we supposed to admire and worship?!
    Then there is the whole race card thing. Why does it matter that she is black? Has she treated all Americans equally or has she (at least in her past) tended to steer herself and her family towards only other blacks? Shouldn't we all treat each other equally and stop bringing up race every time it is convenient? If we are all to be truly equal, then stop bringing up skin color and treat people according to who they are and what they can do rather than what they look like!!!
    What should be said more often, is 'What Would Jesus Do?' (the original phrase) and certainly NOT 'what would Michelle do.' This book is just a big joke and I do not recommend it whatsoever unless you are strictly looking for a fluff piece about the first lady.

    6 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    I have never paid attention to reviews because to me they are co

    I have never paid attention to reviews because to me they are controlled by ones prejudicies. And except for the first review these people are soooo far out of touch and are obvious republicans using this as a political platform.
    Get the true facts before you make dumb, stupid and incorrect statements.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    Give me a break

    WHO CARES?

    5 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    I would not waste $1 on this fictious book. Some creative writer

    I would not waste $1 on this fictious book. Some creative writer must have laid awake all night to dream up "style" and "class" for this poor example of a first lady. Maybe this book should be listed under the humor section and then it might have a chance of selling. As you can see, I am not impressed! She burned her bridge with the ridiculous number of staff members for her traveling.

    4 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2012

    Enlightening reading. I respect & admire Michelle Obama for

    Enlightening reading. I respect & admire Michelle Obama for all she has accomplished.
    I found this book, at the very least, to be interesting and informative.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    Read the book. Don't waste your time, you'll never get those hou

    Read the book. Don't waste your time, you'll never get those hours of your life back. About as deep as Paris Hilton. I can't believe I read this book. What a waste of my time.


    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    I could see this as a 3 sentence book...."What would Michel

    I could see this as a 3 sentence book...."What would Michelle do? Badmouth America while telling them how they should live their lives. After taking their money, jetsetting off on a vacation with her inept husband." The End.

    Too bad I can't give this drivel a zero star rating.

    3 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    Thank you, "Anonymous" , for your thoughtful ( and a

    Thank you, "Anonymous" , for your thoughtful ( and accurate ! ) submission. I just read that Kim Kardashian is considered one of tv's "greatest stars" -- a "unique celebrity. I shudder to think that our daughters are being encouraged to emulate a Kim K. --- and not a Michelle Obama.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    I just read the sample on my nook and as a woman I am insulted.

    I just read the sample on my nook and as a woman I am insulted. Felt as though the author was talking down to the lowly reader who desperately needs guidance from a woman who is far superior. This book is preposterous.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    Doesn't Matter

    It doesn't matter what Michelle would do. Thankfully her days of using my tax contributions for her personal travel & lavish staff are numbered. November can't get here soon enough.

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    I've not read this book. I would likely never read this book. Th

    I've not read this book. I would likely never read this book. The concept is fundamentally objectionable and merely a way for a biased and agenda driven media to promote a candidate while at the same time capitalizing on a segment of society that is more interested in form than substance. I do understand that to many women Ms. Obama is admirable. Sadly, to many of those women only her positive attributes are visible and her equally noteworthy warts are simply ignored. I obviously do not support her husband or his Presidency. But I think I might be as concerned about this Cult of Personality that surrounds this first family even if I did believe that they were a positive force in contemporary society. Such obsequiosness cannot be a good thing and, when reality belies the validity of the adoration, caution is warranted. It seems we have thrown that to the wind and allowed ourselves to fall into the trap that is demagoguery.

    2 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    This book is wonderful! I find it very sad that many persons fel

    This book is wonderful! I find it very sad that many persons felt that this site was the appropriate place for them to vent their obvious prejudices against "our magnificent first lady", rather than a venue for providing a review of a book they had actually read. The book is well written and is truly insightful, allowing readers to "meet " Mrs. Obama, a beautiful, articulate, brilliant and charismatic woman. Yes, Michelle Obama is an icon in every sense of the word! I congratulate Ms. Samuels for brilliantly sharing with us Michelle's "life". For those persons whose entries merely reflect their preconceived and unfounded notions about Mrs. Obama, I would suggest that they read the book with an open mind and accept it for what the author so accurately describes it as, "a modern day guide to living with substance and style"! I wholeheartedly recommend this fabulous book to all!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2012

    I just ordered after reading a lot in bookstore.

    To me, it looks like a FUN book for a female. And, yes, I do admire Michelle and the impression I got from reading a number of pages is that it was not derogatory; otherwise I would not have bought it. Basically I think the author took off on the ideal of Michelle and I do not find that a bad thing to do. I look forward to getting my copy and reading it in full.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    What would Michelle Do? Though Michelle Obama has had many books

    What would Michelle Do?
    Though Michelle Obama has had many books published about her over the past few years, this newly crafted book by journalist Allison Samuels What Would Michelle Do? succeeds by telling the story without the bias found in many of Michelle's "biographies". Furthermore, many political novels can be tedious reads, but Allison Samuel's manages to present the First Lady's life and success with a writing style that is witty, interesting, and above all memorable.

    This is a book that women of all ages can enjoy, and one that answers many of the questions about how Michelle Obama manages to do EVERYTHING so well, with seemingly no difficult. Whether its discussing fashion, her family, or her busy work schedule, a reader gets the feeling that Michelle is a very relatable, funny, and enjoyable person. I would definitely recommend this book for any fans of Michelle who are interested in seeing her life through the eyes of a qualitative third party. Definitely worth picking up!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    Michele Obama is the most UNSTYLISH woman ever!!! I won't waste

    Michele Obama is the most UNSTYLISH woman ever!!! I won't waste money on this book. After the way I have seen her dressed, especially her unstylish clothes in the news photographs, I shudder to think of the people who are foolish enough to emulate her. It is embarrassing to see her standing next to visiting dignitaries who actually know what real style is.

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2012

    One of the things that I miss most about being a bookseller is b

    One of the things that I miss most about being a bookseller is being able to recommend books to people with specific requests (not just a general "what's a good book to read?"). Aligning someone with the perfect book for their needs is very rewarding.

    What Would Michelle Do? is spot on for people looking for gifts to support young women on to the next phase of their lives as they graduate from high school or college. By using the example of Michelle Obama's life from childhood to adulthood, Samuels guides us through the major decisions that women have to make. Included are topics like self-esteem, enriching your education, making smart financial choices, building a wardrobe, and how to make a relationship work.

    By all means is this book only for young women. All women will be able to relate to something here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    I saw this book in the bookstore and just ordered 2. One for me

    I saw this book in the bookstore and just ordered 2. One for me and one for my goddaughter who is 21. From what I read in the store, it seemed like an inpirational book about living with grace and style and substance. Michelle Obama is a true American role model. Those of you ladies who felt the need to make negative comments about Michelle Obama and this book, with our even reading it! probably consider Chrissy from Love and Hip Hop a role model. It you don't like what someones saying just punch them out! Here's the point: That's not What Michelle Would DO!

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    Dear Anonymous

    It doesn't appear that *anyone* who reviewed this book has purchased/read it.

    I think that's probably indicative of something.

    I'm sure she is a nice lady. Like everyone else who's commented so far though, I'm just not interested in what she might have to say. Or do, as the case may be.

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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