READING WITH THE AUTHORS: Author Jo E. Pinto Reviews Becoming by Michelle Obama

READING WITH THE AUTHORS: Author Jo E. Pinto Reviews Becoming by Michelle Obama

Hello again all you bookish people.

As I was flipping through folders checking to see what fabulous work I had from my totally talented Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing client family members to share, I ran upon this review that author Jo E. Pinto wrote a little while back.

As I read, I realized that while I’d read it for some reason I hadn’t shared it here on the blog. So before I forget again, let me share it now.

Before I do, I’d just like to say that I’m reading this book now, and never has anything touched me in such a wondrous and everlasting way.

If you’ve read this book, I’d like to hear your thoughts.

And, of course I hope, when Jo gets a moment to catch her breath out of her busy day that she will pop in and talk more about it too.

OK. Without further delay, here’s Jo, or as I learned she likes to be called, “Jo Elizabeth” Which by the way I think is beautiful.






Audiobook: narrated by the Author

Listening length: 14 hours

ISBN: 9780525633709

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Michelle Obama did a stellar job of narrating her life story. A thousand emotions came through her voice and her words. It felt like we sat together and chatted throughout the book. Beyond that, I could relate to so much of what she talked about. It didn’t seem like I was reading about a distant, inaccessible First Lady; it felt like I was having an intimate conversation with a good friend from high school. From career and motherhood dreams to hopes and wishes about what the world could be, from missed opportunities–hers because of race and mine because of disability–to uncertainties about what we wanted out of life, we were just two women on the same page. Then again, it was lots of fun hearing about the ins and outs of what it was like living in the White House. Who wouldn’t be interested in that? I was a bit daunted about the length of the book when I started it, but I couldn’t put it down once I plunged in.





J. E. Pinto is a magnet for underdogs! Early in her married life, her home became a hangout for troubled neighborhood kids. This experience lit the flame for her first novel, The Bright Side of Darkness.


Pinto’s Spanish-American roots grow deep in the Rocky Mountains, dating back six generations. J. E. Pinto lives with her family in Colorado where she works as a writer and also proofreads textbooks and audio books. One of her favorite pastimes is taking a nature walk with her service dog.


The Bright Side of Darkness won a first place Indie Book Award for “First Novel over Eighty Thousand Words,” as well as First Place for “Inspirational Fiction.” The novel also won several awards from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association: First Place for “Inspirational Fiction,” Second Place for “Audio Book,” and First Place for “Literary and Contemporary Fiction.




What is a family? Rick Myers is a despondent seventeen-year-old who just lost his parents in a car wreck. His family is now the four teenage buddies he’s grown up with in a run-down apartment building. Fast with their fists, flip with their mouths, and loyal to a fault, “the crew” is all he has.
At least he thinks so until he meets Daisy, an intelligent, independent, self-assured blind girl. Her guts in a world where she’s often painfully vulnerable intrigue Rick, and her hopeful outlook inspires him to begin believing in himself.
But when the dark side of Daisy’s past catches up with her, tragedy scatters the crew and severely tests Rick’s resolve to build his promising future. Fortunately, his life is changed by a couple with a pay-it-forward attitude, forged out of their personal struggle with grief and loss. Their support makes all the difference to Rick and eventually to the ones he holds most dear as they face their own challenges.
“The Bright Side of Darkness” is a story of redemption and the ultimate victory that comes from the determination of the human spirit


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  1. Jo Elizabeth Pinto Reply
    February 28, 2019

    Fascinating book, especially the early parts where Michelle Obama talks about growing up on the South Side of Chicago. I could identify with so much of how she looked at the world. What an admirable lady!

    1. I’m enjoying this book very much. I love the open honesty with which she writes.

      I loved reading about how she grew up and I’ve enjoyed learning more about her married life, politics and how that affected them.

      I think sometimes we tend to forget these politicians are humans and have wants, needs, and desires just like the rest of the world.

      They love, laugh, and cry just like we all do, and this has given a very open look at all that.

      *** King Campbell here!

      I liked that Sunny Dog pooped on the Whitehouse rug!


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