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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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!
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.
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.
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