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The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times

Jan says,She hooked me (literally) on page 33! Who would ever have thought Michelle Obama would use knitting as a coping strategy for anxiety? When I learned that she found comfort in knitting during the pandemic, I could relate whole-heartedly. That need to keep your hands busy, to focus your mind, to feel a sense of accomplishment. Like Michelle, I have found solace in knitting and crocheting during these trying times. Reading her book was like sitting with a friend who understood. Best of all, she shares her optimism and her resolve to “keep going high” even though others are going low. An inspiring read indeed!

Mrs. Obama offers readers a series of fresh stories and insightful reflections on change, challenge, and power, including her belief that when we light up for others, we can illuminate the richness and potential of the world around us, discovering deeper truths and new pathways for progress. Drawing from her experiences as a mother, daughter, spouse, friend, and First Lady, she shares the habits and principles she has developed to successfully adapt to change and overcome various obstacles–the earned wisdom that helps her continue to “become.” She details her most valuable practices, like “starting kind,” “going high,” and assembling a “kitchen table” of trusted friends and mentors. With trademark humor, candor, and compassion, she also explores issues connected to race, gender, and visibility, encouraging readers to work through fear, find strength in community, and live with boldness”–Publisher’s description

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