Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou

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A tightly strung, finely tuned memoir about life with her mother.
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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
 
“True to her style, [Angelou’s] writing cuts to the chase with compression and simplicity, and there in the background is a calypso smoothness, flurries and showers of musicality between the moments of wickedness. . . . A tightly strung, finely tuned memoir about life with her mother.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“In this loving recollection of a complicated relationship, Angelou for the first time details the mother-daughter journey to reconciliation and unwavering connection and support. . . . Angelou vividly portrays a spirited woman. . . . [A] remarkable and deeply revealing chronicle of love and healing.”—Booklist
 
“Written with her customary eloquence . . . follows in the episodic style of Angelou’s earlier volumes of autobiography, pulling the reader along effortlessly. The lessons and the love presented here will speak to those trying to make their way in the world.”—Publishers Weekly

“In straightforward style, Mom & Me & Mom dives deeply into Angelou’s complicated relationship with her mother. . . . At 84, Angelou shows few signs of slowing down.”—BookPage


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About Maya Angelou

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In her life, Dr. Maya Angelou has been a dancer, an actress, a director, an activist, a journalist, a teacher, and an award-winning writer. She is also a three-time Grammy Award winner for her autobiographical spoken-word recordings. She lives in Harlem, NY, and Winston-Salem, NC.Lizzy Rockwell has written and/or illustrated 19 books for children. Lizzy lives in Norwalk, CT, with her husband, two sons, a dog, and two cats.
 
Published April 2, 2013 by Random House. 209 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Parenting & Relationships, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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All: 27 | Positive: 25 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

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on Feb 04 2013

A tightly strung, finely tuned memoir about life with her mother.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Bernardine Evaristo on Apr 20 2013

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was a ground-breaking triumph. Mom & Me & Mom does a good job of undermining it.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Bernardine Evaristo on Aug 19 2011

Sapphire is not your average writer. Brave, bold and uncompromising, she first made her name as a performance poet in New York, and the breathtaking velocity and visceral power of her prose soars off the page.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Bernardine Evaristo on Apr 20 2013

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was a ground-breaking triumph. Mom & Me & Mom does a good job of undermining it.

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Publishers Weekly

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on Jan 21 2013

The lessons and the love presented here will speak to those trying to make their way in the world.

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Financial Times

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Reviewed by Ayana Mathis on Apr 19 2013

...Angelou’s book deftly avoids the emotional neatness and easy redemption to which lesser memoirs succumb.

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Star Tribune

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Reviewed by Heid Erdrich on Apr 13 2013

What compels readers through this narrative is the unlikelihood of Angelou’s hard-won love for her extraordinary mother.

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Book Reporter

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Reviewed by Pauline Finch on Apr 18 2013

Everyone with “family” is sure to be moved and shaken by this unique double portrait.

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The Washington Post

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on Mar 27 2013

...“Mom & Me & Mom” is delivered with Angelou’s trademark good humor and fierce optimism.

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The Independent

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Reviewed by Fiona Sturges on Mar 30 2013

Filling in what are possibly the final blanks in Angelou's eventful life, Mom & Me & Mom is a profoundly moving tale of separation and reunion, and an ultimately optimistic portrait of the maternal bond.

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Christian Science Monitor

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Reviewed by Marjorie Kehe on May 28 2013

...both a tender read and a lovely tribute to the special gifts that only a mother can bring.

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Booklist Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Vanessa Bush on May 28 2013

Photos enhance this remarkable and deeply revealing chronicle of love and healing.

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The Boston Globe

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Reviewed by Carmela Ciuraru on May 03 2013

What matters is that “Mom & Me & Mom” is a superb account of reconciliation, forgiveness, and survival. Angelou’s prose is blunt and often funny. She tells it like it is, and as a storyteller she is surely one of our best.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

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Reviewed by David Bruce Smith on May 06 2013

If Angelou's deep-down doubt was about her mother loving her, then she needn’t have fretted. Baxter transformed herself into a nearly perfect, always-available parent.

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Express

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Reviewed by Aline Reed on Apr 21 2013

...Angelou has given us six volumes of her autobiography. With Mom & Me & Mom, she gives us a new perspective on her own life. We see how an extraordinary mother helped mould an extraordinary daughter with one powerful ingredient: love.

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The Washington Post

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Reviewed by Valerie Sayers on Mar 27 2013

...Angelou is smart and gifted enough to write for any audience she pleases. Clearly, she chooses to write for readers as open, playful and straightforward as herself.

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We Love This Book

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Reviewed by Sally Hughes on May 28 2013

... there is no a trace of self-pity here – just vibrant, funny women who grab life by the throat and have a story to share.

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Boston.com

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Reviewed by Carmela Ciuraru on May 03 2013

...“Mom & Me & Mom” is a superb account of reconciliation, forgiveness, and survival. Angelou’s prose is blunt and often funny. She tells it like it is, and as a storyteller she is surely one of our best.

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Post and Courier

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Reviewed by Patricia Williams Lessane on May 26 2013

“Mom & Me & Mom” is a timely addition to the growing canon of work by black women about black motherhood and mother-daughter relationships.

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Oprah.com

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Reviewed by Leigh Newman on Jun 18 2014

Maya Angelou's moving, honest portrait of her up and down relationship with Vivian Baxter...full of wisdom, laughs and blockbuster sentences...

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Elle

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Reviewed by Lisa Shea on Mar 29 2013

This emotional trajectory—from naming her pistol-packing, big-city mom Lady to embracing her as Mother—­became for Angelou the consuming psychological work of her adolescence...tough-minded, tenderhearted addi­tion to Angelou’s spectacular canon.

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TheRecord.com

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Reviewed by Jim Romahn on Apr 19 2013

Angelou is a gifted writer — but she also has an amazing story to tell.

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Harlem World

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Reviewed by Harlem World Magazine on May 13 2013

Maya Angelou’s mother and grandmother have passed away, but the memoir serves as her Mother’s Day gift to them.

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She Knows

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Reviewed by Kat Hobza on May 13 2013

Maya Angelou’s stories of survival are incredible, but more compelling than the stories themselves is how she delivers them.

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Reads 4 Pleasure

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on Apr 01 2013

My hope is that you will take the time to read all of her autobiographies and get to know and appreciate this woman who is truly an American treasure.

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Books & Review

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Reviewed by Sam Goodwin on Apr 02 2013

Maya Angelou already has seven autobiographies to her name but still has a lot more stories to tell the world about her life. The author's latest book "Mom & Me & Mom" explores her relationship with her mother Vivian Baxter.

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Reviewed by Tomi Clark on Apr 05 2013

Mom + Me + Mom is another glimpse into Angelou's past. She, through her stories, shares just enough of her upbringing to keep readers like myself engaged.

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