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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Maya Angelou (P)2013 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • SydSavvy
  • PARIS, TX, United States
  • 02-04-14

Never Enough Mom Books

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.

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  • BRANDY
  • spokane, WA, United States
  • 04-22-13

WONERFUL READ

If you could sum up Mom & Me & Mom in three words, what would they be?

HEART WARMING , FUNNY EMOTIONAL

What did you like best about this story?

THE TRUTH OF IT ALL

What does Maya Angelou bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

REALISM

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Her connection with her Mother at the end.

Any additional comments?

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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Inspiring Triumph

a beautiful memoir of an incredible woman's struggle with life, and her relationship with the mother who once abandoned her. I enjoyed listening to every minute.

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I love this book

I love this book is inspires me to be a grater. women, mother, and person

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I would've loved to have met Vivian Baxter

Deliriously amazing in content. I smiled and cried then smiled again. LOVE heals. xoxoxoxo :-) :-)

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  • grayhair56
  • Lawrenceville, GA, United States
  • 05-24-13

As usual excellent writing.

If you could sum up Mom & Me & Mom in three words, what would they be?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mom & Me & Mom?

The initial reunion.

Have you listened to any of Maya Angelou’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

I hope she keeps writing.

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Mother "Lady's" influence on Angelou's development

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!

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A Touching & Relatable Memoir

From the beginning to the very last I was intrigued by Maya’s background... The ups and downs of being a daughter and being a mother all in the same. I am glad that she eventually was able to get along with her mom. This book is truly a conversation piece at a book club or women’s meeting.

I want to be a good daughter to my mom. After reading this I’m going to work hard on creating a better relationship between my mom and me... I am grateful for this book!

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Fun listen!

I didn't want it to end! I enjoyed listening to Maya tell her story. The book inspires me to be a great mom to my kids.

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So vivid, so raw..

Where does Mom & Me & Mom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

By far, no.1.

What other book might you compare Mom & Me & Mom to and why?

It's not possible to compare this book to any other book, especially by the way it is told by Maya Angelou's very distinctive voice and the way she reads.

What about Maya Angelou’s performance did you like?

She is the first and only person who's way of reading grabs me even way after I've finished listening to the entire book at one go. The way she speaks has power to catch people at very deep level that it moved the listener at her/his core.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes definitely. And I know I will keep playing this book everyday like radio so it will continue to affect me at core and work as if Vivien Dexter was to Maya to me.

Any additional comments?

Thank you Maya Angelou for writing this book, reading this book. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who grew up with less than perfect parents, to use this book and use voice of Vivien (and Maya) as voice of a parents you wanted to have, to heal yourself and live your life strongly.

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  • emma
  • 05-02-13

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.

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  • Ellie Thompson
  • 04-04-17

Breathtakingly beautiful

I listened to the wise and beautiful words of maya angelou and now I am better because of it.
There are so many lessons in her stories.

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  • Charity
  • 12-13-16

Fantastic Read

I could not put this book down very well writen and captivating I want more

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  • Christine Loves iPad
  • 07-07-14

Timeless

Would you consider the audio edition of Mom & Me & Mom to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, but really appreciated hearing Ms Angelou's voice reading her own life story

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mom & Me & Mom?

I finished listening to it the day before she died. Made it all the more poignant for me.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

No particular scene, but the odd loving bond between her and her mother.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The whole account is moving.

Any additional comments?

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.