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Publisher's Summary

This gifted storyteller poignantly shares the memories of those mentors and teachers who profoundly influenced her life. She speaks of her voluntary muteness as a child. Even in this silence, "Mama" (Angelou's grandmother) spoke prophetically to the child's unbelieving ears: "You'll speak about the glorious nature of the human spirit and what we can be striving for."

Dr. Maya Angelou is a remarkable Renaissance woman who is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature. As a poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer, and director, she continues to travel the world, spreading her legendary wisdom. Angelou is the author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Bantam 1971), All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes (Random House 1986), Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now (Random House 1997), and Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories with Recipes (Random House 2007).

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  • Paula
  • In the Heart Land of America
  • 11-03-08

Nice

I found this to be a nice introduction to Maya Angelo. You get a touch of her background, a hint of her beliefs and a small glance of what her writings will offer.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-08-13

POWERFUL AND PERSONAL

If you could sum up Making Magic in the World in three words, what would they be?

Powerful. Personal. Challenging.

What did you like best about this story?

It's candor and cadence. I was moved by Maya Angelou's stories that exemplifies her thoughts, actions and ideals.

What does Michael Toms bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The depth of an interviewer. He drew answers from Maya like teasing a lollipop from dispenser.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

'You make it and the rest is magic'

Any additional comments?

I loved this special just to hear Maya's calming yet forceful voice.

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  • Allyson
  • 04-13-13

Maya a legend!

Great interview with Maya..She has really educate me over the years that you can do anything if you really want to!

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  • BigBaby
  • 05-02-14

Cheerful and uplifting

Would you listen to Making Magic in the World again? Why?

Yes, to further absorb the dialogue.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The explanation of how Maya became a voluntary mute, and how she was brought out of it by a respected elder.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The interview focuses on maintaining positive outlook.

Any additional comments?

Can't say the title is entirely fitting after one listen. Perhaps I've missed something.