Biography tracks Michelle Obama from a Chicago youth to first black first lady

March 25, 2015 12:10 PM

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WASHINGTON - A new biography of Michelle Obama paints a picture of a presidential spouse whose first-of-a-kind tenure unfolded in a hyperpartisan age and how one false step "risked death by a thousand tweets."

"She was not easily characterized and yet public reaction was often binary," Northwestern University journalism professor Peter Slevin writes in "Michelle Obama: A Life." "Adore. Abhor. Respect. Reject. Warm, wise and embracing. Haughty, petty and disdainful."

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