Mom and Me and Mom

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Random House Large Print, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 205 pages
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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.

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Quick read, yet a powerful love story. - Goodreads
The prose part of the writing was a bit choppy for me. - Goodreads
Surprisingly easy to read. - Goodreads
This book offered insights into Angelou's young years. - Goodreads
More beautiful writing by Maya Angelou. - Goodreads
Maya Angelou is a brilliant writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Patti - Goodreads

This book provided a nice insight into Angelou's early life and the personality that was her mom, Vivian Baxter. It felt very surface but at the same time provided a clear picture of the influences that were attributed to Mom. Read full review

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User Review  - Christine Teichmann - Goodreads

Now that's writing! Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Maya Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and The Heart of a Woman, she wrote numerous volumes of poetry, among them Phenomenal Woman, And Still I Rise, On the Pulse of Morning, and Mother. Maya Angelou died in 2014.

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