Letter to My Daughter

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Random House, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 166 pages
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Dedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her, Letter to My Daughter reveals Maya Angelou’s path to living well and living a life with meaning. Here in short spellbinding essays are glimpses of the tumultuous life that taught Angelou lessons in compassion and fortitude: how she was brought up by her indomitable grandmother in segregated Arkansas, taken in at thirteen by her more worldly and less religious mother, and grew to be an awkward six-foot-tall teenager whose first experience of loveless sex paradoxically left her with her greatest gift, a son.

Whether she is recalling lost friends such as Coretta Scott King and Ossie Davis, extolling honesty, decrying vulgarity, explaining why becoming a Christian is a “lifelong endeavor,” or simply singing the praises of a meal of red rice, Maya Angelou writes from the heart to millions of women she considers her extended family.
 

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Simple, elegant, powerful prose! - Goodreads
Maya Angelou is a beautiful writer. - Goodreads
Lovely, eloquent poetry and prose. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Arwa - Goodreads

I've always find myself admiring this smart, funny and tough-minded woman, as she describes herself. We are too far away from the real us that we no longer understand the basic rules of life. She has the ability to simplify life and to write about what is right in front of us yet we cannot see. Read full review

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User Review  - Katherine - Goodreads

I truly enjoyed this collection of work by maya Angelou. I have heard some other people angered by the fact that these were not 'new' writings. Sometimes it is the order in which we read words that ... Read full review

Contents

Letter to My Daughter
2
Home
5
Philanthropy 11
9
Revelations
17
s Accident Coincident or Answered Prayer
29
To Tell the Truth
37
vulgarity
42
Violence
45
The EternalSilver Screen
95
InSelfDe_fense
101
Mrs C0rertaScottKin_g
107
In the Valley of Humility
119
National Spirit 125
128
Reclaimin_gSouthern Roots
129
Salute to Older Lovers
144
Commencemenmddress
145

MotherSLong View 51
57
Porgyandfiess
63
BobeDecca
71
Celia Cruz
79
1s Senegal
89
Poetry
153
Mt Zion
161
Keep the Faith
165
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About the author (2009)

Poet, writer, performer, teacher, and director, Maya Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas, then moved to San Francisco. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, beginning with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she has also written a cookbook, Hallelujah! The Welcome Table, and five poetry collections, including I Shall Not Be Moved and Shaker, Why Don’t You Sing?


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