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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Virago (11 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844089142
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844089147
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Maya Angelou was one of the world's most important writers and activists. Born 4 April 1928, she lived and chronicled an extraordinary life: rising from poverty, violence and racism, she became a renowned author, poet, playwright, civil rights' activist - working with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King - and memoirist. She wrote and performed a poem, 'On the Pulse of Morning', for President Clinton on his inauguration; she was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama and was honoured by more than seventy universities throughout the world.

She first thrilled the world with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969). This was followed by six volumes of autobiography, the seventh and final volume, Mom & Me & Mom, published in 2013. She wrote three collections of essays; many volumes of poetry, including His Day is Done, a tribute to Nelson Mandela; and two cookbooks. She had a lifetime appointment as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University of North Carolina. Dr Angelou died on 28 May 2014.

'A brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman' President Barack Obama

'The poems and stories she wrote . . . were gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace' President Bill Clinton

'She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace . . . She will always be the rainbow in my clouds' Oprah Winfrey

'She was important in so many ways. She launched African American women writing in the United States. She was generous to a fault. She had nineteen talents - used ten. And was a real original. There's no duplicate. There is no duplicate' Toni Morrison

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Extraordinary . . . a jaw-dropper of a memoir (Viv Groskop Red)

A brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman (President Barack Obama)

The poems and stories she wrote . . . were gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace (President Bill Clinton)

She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace . . . She will always be the rainbow in my clouds (Oprah Winfrey)

She was important in so many ways. She launched African American women writing in the United States. She was generous to a fault. She had nineteen talents - used ten. And was a real original. There is no duplicate (Toni Morrison)

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For the first time, Maya Angelou - one of America's most celebrated memoirists and poets, a living legend treasured by presidents, world leaders, entertainers, and book lovers of all ages - shares the deepest personal story of her life: the story of her relationship with her mother.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E Thomas on 25 April 2013
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Nearly twenty years on from me first reading the first volume of Maya Angelou's autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Birds Sings", I was pleased to find that Maya Angelou had written another book. After hearing the book read on Radio 4, I was looking forward to reading the full book and it didn't disappoint.
Although estranged from her mother until her teenage years, this book charts how the amazing Maya Angelou was inspired by her mother.
The book did contain a few events already told in her many volumes of autobiography but this did not hamper my enjoyment of the book because here we saw the role her mother had played in these events and the book had a different focus than her autobiographies - purely exploring the relationship between Maya and her mother - the legendary Vivian Baxter.
It made me think how much we are all influenced by our mothers.
I really enjoyed the book and could be read and enjoyed regardless of if you have read the autobiographies or not. I definitely recommend this book for all those interested in mother/daughter relationships, the civil rights movement and anyone else who wants to read a piece of intelligent but extremely readable writing
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ricky Walker on 8 July 2013
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Fascinating autobiographical story of the fractured relationship between a young girl and her mother. Enjoyed the realism and was affected by the plight of the children.
Would now like to read the previous book by Maya Angelou.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JC Niala on 20 July 2013
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Maya Angelou weaves her magic to describe a relationship as complex as it was loving. A book that can free mothers of guilt knowing that their love can shine through no matter how unconventional their parenting might be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs D on 16 Jun. 2013
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Yet again another excellent book from Maya Angelou. Never disappointed by her books. Just ordered Letter to my Daughter - look forward to reading it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FEAA on 28 May 2014
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I had read almost all Maya Angelou's books as a teen and in my early twenties. They left such a deep impression on me and gave me strength when I thought I couldn't cope with what life threw at me. I was so upset to hear of her passing, she was so active right until the very end. I felt compelled to read her later books and I am so glad I did. Beautifully written, I read it in one evening. It dips in and out of her life and touches on story's that are familiar to her fans but retells the stories from a different viewpoint. That of a mother and her children trying to heal their relationship, a daughter who needed her mother, a mother who is trying to show her daughter that a mother is someone who makes mistakes but always strives to be their for her children. I am glad Maya was able to rebuild a relationship with her mother and was eventually able to see her as that. A wonderful, open and honest book. Thankyou for leaving it behind, rest in peace Maya Angelou.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By yvonne dube on 16 Sept. 2013
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Maya Angelou is a fantastic author, I have thoroughly enjoyed all the books i have bought, written by her. I highly recommend them!
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There is some duplication of material here from 'Letters To My Daughter' but it is still a truly inspirational read from one of the most important of America's living writers. If you haven't already read her autobiographies, this does have some "plot spoilers" for those, but I think anyone could take a great deal from this book. It's not long, and it's not a difficult read, but it is more than the sum of it's parts.
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This was a wonderful read. I have gifted this book to my mum for her birthday. I found it moving and funny. Maya's grandmother and birth mother are warm, inteligent, compasonate and courageouse. This wonderful combanation has contibuted to the creation of the most insperational woman of our time. However, I was left feeling that there was so much more that I wanted to know about these women.
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