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Mom & Me & Mom

Narrated by: Maya Angelou
Length: 4 hrs
5 out of 5 stars (784 ratings)

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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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Unforgettable person

Maya Angelou’s mother is remarkable for her love, her tenacity, her ability to command respect, and for being willing to go where no woman, and certainly no African American woman, has gone before. The story of her relationship with Maya is deeply moving and contains one powerful story after another, each told honestly and without sentimentality. It held my attention and I found myself retelling and discussing stories with my husband as I read. It isn’t as crafted a work as the famous “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” - perhaps, unfolding over a lifetime, it is by nature harder to shape. But worth reading? Powerful? Oh yes.

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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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Too choppy

What disappointed you about Mom & Me & Mom?

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.

How could the performance have been better?

It was read in a monotone. Put some feeling into it.

What character would you cut from Mom & Me & Mom?

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.

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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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This book made me tearful

Maya Angelou has a way with words that is indescribable. I cried from laughter and sentimentality. I am going to by this book for my own "Lady."

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ABSOLUTELY MOVING

Loved♡ it gave me tears.
It makes it more knowing it was the reader's story.
I will read again.

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Highly recommended

It's Maya Angelou. Could not have expected anything less. Great narrative. I hope I will be that mother who brings joy and laughter to her children and husband.

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Inspiring beautiful powerful

I am short of words to describe how much I enjoyed loving the experience and amazing life of Maya and her mother.

What a beautiful story of love, wisdom and strength.

What a privilege to get to know these two powerful women. A story so beautifully written.

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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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  • Mary Baldwin
  • 01-25-19

Couldn't stop listening once I started .<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

it was very emotional for me as Maye talked about her mother , it made me realise what I don't have . love from y mother who is still alive ,but no relationship with her .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-30-18

spectacular.

I loved it,
Her deep sultry voice makes it a delightful listen. it a must have.

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  • Katherine M
  • 06-17-18

Fabulous!

I loved it so much. What an amazing story, women and voice. A must read

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  • Elle
  • 05-28-18

Wonderful

Thought-provoking, touching, funny. This powerful book is just not long enough. A joy to listen to.

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  • Distinguished Diva
  • 05-01-18

Absolutely Necessary Book

It was like looking into the soul of Maya Angelou.
She was soft and sturdy. Her life is full of wonderful lessons of bravery and support.

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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.