The story of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple best-selling autobiographies. But now, at last, the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother.
For the first time, Angelou reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence - a presence absent during much of Angelou’s early life. When her marriage began to crumble, Vivian famously sent three-year-old Maya and her older brother away from their California home to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. The subsequent feelings of abandonment stayed with Angelou for years, but their reunion, a decade later, began a story that has never before been told. In Mom & Me & Mom, Angelou dramatizes her years reconciling with the mother she preferred to simply call "Lady", revealing the profound moments that shifted the balance of love and respect between them.
Delving into one of her life’s most rich, rewarding, and fraught relationships, Mom & Me & Mom explores the healing and love that evolved between the two women over the course of their lives, the love that fostered Maya Angelou’s rise from immeasurable depths to reach impossible heights.
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"Angelou is one of the geniuses of Afro-American serial autobiography." (The New York Times)
"To say that Angelou is a living legend is in no way an exaggeration. [She is] one of the great voices of contemporary literature." (The Voice)
"Maya Angelou regards the world and herself with intelligence and wit; she records the events of her life with style and grace." (The Washington Post Book World)
The world will never have enough excellent books about Mom. This is one of them and it needs to be made into a movie! Who knew? I won't tell you the surprises, just leave it to you to read this short little gem. This is for all those imperfect moms out there and their children who will get it right, eventually, because of the bigness of their love. This was food for the soul for me because I have teens right now, and somehow feel I will never get it right again,which is a weird place to be. Now I have renewed hope.
HEART WARMING , FUNNY EMOTIONAL
THE TRUTH OF IT ALL
Her connection with her Mother at the end.
This truly is an awesome books for the ladies that may or may not have close realationships with their mothers. it opens the listners eyes to a world inside Maya Angelous world that you would have never known extisted.
Have re-discovered "quality time." Evenings listening to good books have replaced mindless tv watching. What a difference!
Maya Angelou has written another in a series of autobiographical books about her life. In this one, she describes the complicated and unpredictable relationship with her mother, whom she referred to for many years as “Lady.”
In her hallmark terse style of writing, she describes how she and her brother were sent to her paternal grandmother’s in Arkansas for several years, where she found a sense of security, even though recovering from the trauma of childhood rape.
There came a time when she and her brother were unexpectedly sent back to live with their mother—something that young Maya was not prepared for. But, Lady, their mother, seemed determined to find a way for herself and Maya to achieve a close mother-daughter relationship (often in spite of themselves) as they had to get to know, and get used to each other. Lady was determined to show Maya that even though she had not been present in her early life, she would never let her down after that. However, she tended to use unconventional--but often wise--ways of offering that support.
This book explores the journey—often filled with dangerous, unexpected circumstances—through which Maya and her mother learned to find a kind of trust and caring for each other. Lady had had a very involved--even exciting--existence apart from having children, and seemed to have to make room in her life for Maya and her brother. But over time, mother and daughter come to care deeply about each other and form a bond that eventually leads Maya finally to call her “Mother.”
Clearly many of the incidents in this book—often involving danger of various kinds—were influential in shaping Maya Angelou’s subsequent life. Her mother taught her to protect herself, but also to live her life proudly, to the fullest and never doubt herself. This is a very interesting story—one courageously told by one of America’s most beloved and respected writers. Recommend!
Yes! a great read especially for mothers. It shows that mothers are not perfect and how we must learn from each other…we learn from our children.
I loved Maya's mother personality --she kept me laughing. Such a strong realistic woman.
My book club chose this book and I'm so glad they did. I've never read I know why the caged bird sings but I will be reading it soon.
I began listening to this book a day before Ms Angelou passed away. I felt like this book was an awesome listen (or read). Understanding her walk and hearing her tell her story was genius. There are so many stories out there documented and mostly undocumented that this had to be therapeutic for her to write. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone.
Her narration of the book was superb.
Reader & Wordsmith
This was like bits and pieces of lectures that someone told her to put into book format. I moderate a Biography/Memoir book club and found I had to do a fair amount of research in order to piece together the stories offered in this book. Also, after listening to several videos where Maya performed several of her poems, I thought the audio version of the book would be better than the text version. Not true. She read in quite a monotone. I left the audio version and finished the book on my Kindle. I would not recommend this book unless you have already read all of her other books and read the Wikipedia version of her biography. It's worth the effort. I'm glad I finished it. But she could have done a much better job of pulling the stories together.
It was read in a monotone. Put some feeling into it.
I would cut the brother. She left out too much about him. When she mentioned that he had a drug problem, it was a total surprise. I had to do separate research to figure out how he got from a wonderful brother to a druggie.
I love to lose myself in a great story. It could be fantasy, mystery or romance. My favorite authors are Nora Roberts, Jane Austin, Nicolas Sparks, and all of the sudden I am digging Deborah Harkness!! George R.R. Martin.....who knew!! LOL!! I have a membership to kindle and Audible. I love Audible, because I can download my books and take them anywhere!!
This continuation of her life story is great. I love hearing how she became the lady she is today. This story express what her struggle and how she over came diversity. Her mother was a force to be reckon with, and taught her to own her on destiny. Never let anyone limit your ability to do great things. I have read every book she has written.
Her mother was a Strong Black Woman, who didn't let anyone get away with anything.
When her mother came to her in Sweden..... She didn't hesitate to be supportive.
I live for Maya Angelou. Her writing is outstanding, reminds me of the actions of my own mother. I hope to see and hear another book from her.
The initial reunion.
I have listened to all her works and have loved her even when I had to read her books. She is one of the reasons I love reading now.
I hope she keeps writing.
"wonderful inspiring autobiography"
I felt truly uplifted, listening to Maya read her own words, I had just finished listening to "I know why the caged bird sings" there was some overlap of event and detail, but mostly in this bio Maya takes the perspective of how her mothers flawed but strong and admirable will and spirit guided her through life. It is evident that Maya's mother has had a great deal to do with her success. I was left feeling anything is possible as a woman when I heard Maya recount some of her mothers words.
I highly recommend this as a must read/listen for any woman..particularly those like me who have two daughters.
I haven't read the print version, but really appreciated hearing Ms Angelou's voice reading her own life story
I finished listening to it the day before she died. Made it all the more poignant for me.
No particular scene, but the odd loving bond between her and her mother.
The whole account is moving.
I feel as though I have a part of her with me.some years ago, I travelled on the same plane as Ms Angelou to New York City. I had the opportunity to speak with her. I'd read her books but was too nervous to approach her. I really wish I had. No one should live life with regrets. She didn't.
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