Mom and Me and Mom (Paperback)Maya Angelou (author)
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'In the first decade of the twentiety century, it was not a good time to be born black, or woman, in America.'
So begins this stunning portrait of Vivian Baxter Johnson: the first black woman officer in the Merchant Marines, purveyor of a gambling business and rooming house, and mother to one of our most cherished literary treasures.
Anyone who's read the classic, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, knows Maya Angelou was raised by her paternal grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. In Mom & Me & Mom, Angelou details what brought her mother to send her away and unearths the well of emotions Angelou experienced long afterward as a result. While Angelou's six autobiographies tell of her out in the world, influencing and learning from statesmen and cultural icons, Mom & Me & Mom shares the intimate, emotional story about her own family.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 19 mm
'Extraordinary... a jaw-dropper of a memoir.' - Viv Groskop, Red
'A brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman.' - President Barack Obama
'The poems and stories she wrote... were gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace.' - President Bill Clinton
'She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace... She will always be the rainbow in my clouds.' - Oprah Winfrey
'She was important in so many ways. She launched African American women writing in the United States. She was generous to a fault. She had nineteen talents - used ten. And was a real original. There is no duplicate.' - Toni Morrison