The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times

Books on Tape. Nov. 2022. 10 hrs. ISBN 9780593677896. $95. MEMOIR
Obama’s follow up to the best-selling Becoming makes it clear that she doesn’t have all the answers, but she certainly has some suggestions. She posits that the light inside each person is unique and is to be used to navigate through good times and bad. How does one live life to its fullest and make peace when things are imperfect? How can relationships be more rewarding? Though she moves from world issues to personal ones, Obama doesn’t try to categorize anything as large or small. The stories she shares about her mother make it clear where her down-to-earth attitude originates. As with Becoming, the author’s narration is vital to the message that everyone sometimes feels like they are in over their head—doubting oneself is a natural part of being human. Obama’s methods of dealing with fears and worry will help some more than others, but knowing she shares the journey is the best takeaway.
VERDICT Obama’s candid narration adds a level of intimacy between the book and the listener. This engaging performance should be available to all public library patrons.
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