Letter to My Daughter

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Random House, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 166 pages
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For a world of devoted readers, a much-awaited new volume of absorbing stories and inspirational wisdom from one of our best-loved writers.

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. Told in her own inimitable style, this book transcends genres and categories: guidebook, memoir, poetry, and pure delight.

Here in short spellbinding essays are glimpses of the tumultuous life that led Angelou to an exalted place in American letters and taught her 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 such lost friends 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.

Like the rest of her remarkable work, Letter to My Daughter entertains and teaches; it is a book to cherish, savor, re-read, and share.




“I gave birth to one child, a son, but I have thousands of daughters. You are Black and White, Jewish and Muslim, Asian, Spanish speaking, Native Americans and Aleut. You are fat and thin and pretty and plain, gay and straight, educated and unlettered, and I am speaking to you all. Here is my offering to you.”

–from Letter to My Daughter
 

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User Review  - rainpebble - LibraryThing

Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou; {acquired 08/26/2013}; (4 1/2*) What a lovely way to remember what it is that is important to focus on in life. I love Maya Angelou and her words can guide any lost soul through the storms of life. Read full review

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User Review  - Laura400 - LibraryThing

There is some really lovely, heartfelt and thought-provoking work in here. It's a collection rather than a unified work, so each reader will find some parts speak more to her than others do. But ... Read full review

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Contents

Home
5
Philanthropy iſ 3 Revelations
17
Giving Birth
23
Accident Coincident or Answered Prayer
29
To Tell the Truth
37
Vulgarity
41
Violence
45
Mothers Long View
51
The Eternal Silver Screen
95
In SelfDefense
101
Mrs Coretta Scott King
107
Condolences
111
In the Valley of Humility
115
National Spirit
125
Reclaiming Southern Roots
129
Surviving
135

Io Morocco
57
Porgy and Bess
63
Bob Decca
71
Celia Cruz
79
Fannie Lou Hamer
83
Is Senegal
89
Salute to Older Lovers
141
Commencement Address
145
Poetry
153
Mt Zion
161
Keep the Faith
165
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About the author (2008)

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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