Mom & Me & Mom

Mom & Me & Mom

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A moving memoir about the legendary author's relationship with her own mother.

Emma Watson's Our Shared Shelf Book Club Pick!

The story of Maya Angelou's extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple bestselling 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.

Praise for Mom & Me & Mom

" Mom & Me & Mom is delivered with Angelou's trademark good humor and fierce optimism. If any resentments linger between these lines, if lives are partially revealed without all the bitter details exposed, well, that is part of Angelou's forgiving design. As an account of reconciliation, this little book is just revealing enough, and pretty irresistible." -- The Washington Post

"Moving . . . a remarkable portrait of two courageous souls." -- People

"[The] latest, and most potent, of her serial autobiographies . . . [a] tough-minded, tenderhearted addition to Angelou's spectacular canon." -- Elle

"Mesmerizing . . . Angelou has a way with words that can still dazzle us, and with her mother as a subject, Angelou has a near-perfect muse and mystery woman." -- Essence
Publisher: New York : Random House Publishing Group, 2013
ISBN: 9780679645474
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Dec 01, 2018

Awesome book! There were times when I felt frustrated with Maya's decisions, because I think some choices she made in life were too fast or impatiently done. But I really liked this book.

Apr 08, 2017

It seems to me that she has portrayed her mother as being somewhat thug-like and for this she admires her! This relationship threads through her other books and it seems very supportive but her mother appears only when a heavy hand is needed. It's odd to me, but all of Maya's life seems to be every way of wrong turned into right. I am thrilled to be able to read her story and am lining up to read the other books.

Nov 07, 2015

If you like Maya Angelou, this book gives you an insight into both the author/poet and her mother. Two remarkable women.

Nov 01, 2014

while I hesitate to comment on the writing of Maya ..I found this book to be disjointed and with no depth. Dissappointed.

Oct 19, 2014

This thin volume adds little to "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," and in some places contradicts it. It's the story of Angelou's life from 3, when her mismatched parents divorced, to 13 and into her teens. Her mother shipped her and her beloved older brother off to live with her ex-husband's mother in Arkansas, leaving Maya with huge abandonment issues. Her grandmother taught her to be proud of her brains, and though she never told her she loved her, the child knew it was true. She mentions in passing a visit to St. Louis during which she was raped, without saying she was staying at the time with her mother. She refused to speak afterward to anyone but her brother. When she was 13, her mother sent for her, which she feared and resented. A few years later, 6' tall, gawky, she offered herself to a boy, and when the one night stand resulted in a pregnancy, her mother supported her. This is a bit less complicated than the picture in her earlier book. Still, her mother comes off as a complex, interesting woman, and they developed, eventually, a warm relationship. Did she really remember, all those years ago, the dialog as she writes it, though?

May 29, 2014

a touching story about a woman who tried her best for her children, even when they didn't think so.

May 28, 2014

Another well-written book by the late, great Maya Angelou.

neshamah18 Jun 03, 2013

Redundant, if you've read other things by her you've already read this.

May 30, 2013

Pretty good. A little stiff at times, but i enjoyed the story, a good writer can make the simplest story seem exciting...

ChristchurchLib May 21, 2013

"Poet Maya Angelou recounted her early years in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which describes her time living with her grandmother in Arkansas. In Mom & Me & Mom we learn of Angelou’s reunion at age 13 with her mother, Vivian Baxter, in San Francisco. Though at first Angelou resented her mother for having left her with her grandmother, she gradually began to recognise Baxter's efforts to provide for her daughter and to understand how much she loved her. This “tightly strung, finely tuned” (Kirkus Reviews) account expresses both the complexity and the depth of their relationship while also recounting Angelou’s experiences as a young woman." May 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter

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