Mom & Me & Mom

By Maya Angelou

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

The tale of Maya Angelou’s awesome existence has been chronicled in her a number of bestselling autobiographies. yet now, eventually, the mythical writer stocks the inner most own tale of her lifestyles: her courting together with her mother.
 
For the 1st time, Angelou unearths the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an indomitable spirit whose petite dimension belied her larger-than-life presence—a presence absent in the course of a lot of Angelou’s youth. whilst her marriage started to disintegrate, Vivian famously despatched three-year-old Maya and her older brother clear of their California domestic to stay with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. the following emotions of abandonment stayed with Angelou for years, yet their reunion, a decade later, all started a narrative that hasn't ever earlier than been informed. In Mom & Me & Mom, Angelou dramatizes her years reconciling with the mum she most popular to easily name “Lady,” revealing the profound moments that shifted the stability of affection and recognize among them.
 
Delving into considered one of her life’s such a lot wealthy, lucrative, and fraught relationships, Mom & Me & Mom explores the therapeutic and love that developed among the 2 girls over the process their lives, the affection that fostered Maya Angelou’s upward thrust from immeasurable depths to arrive very unlikely heights.

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Mom & Me & Mom is added with Angelou’s trademark stable humor and fierce optimism. If any resentments linger among those strains, if lives are partly published with no the entire sour information uncovered, good, that's a part of Angelou’s forgiving layout. As an account of reconciliation, this little ebook is simply revealing sufficient, and beautiful irresistible.”—The Washington Post
 
“Moving . . . a remarkable portrait of 2 brave souls.”—People

“[The] most recent, and most powerful, of her serial autobiographies . . . [a] tough-minded, tenderhearted addition to Angelou’s unbelievable canon.”—Elle
 
“Mesmerizing . . . Angelou has a method with phrases which can nonetheless dazzle us, and along with her mom as an issue, Angelou has a near-perfect muse and secret woman.”—Essence
 
“True to her sort, [Angelou’s] writing cuts to the chase with compression and straightforwardness, and there within the historical past is a calypso smoothness, flurries and showers of musicality among the moments of wickedness. . . . A tightly strung, finely tuned memoir approximately lifestyles along with her mother.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“In this loving recollection of a classy courting, Angelou for the 1st time info the mother-daughter trip to reconciliation and unwavering connection and aid. . . . Angelou vividly portrays a lively lady. . . . [A] remarkable and deeply revealing chronicle of affection and healing.”—Booklist
 
“Written together with her commonplace eloquence . . . follows within the episodic type of Angelou’s past volumes of autobiography, pulling the reader alongside effortlessly. the teachings and the affection provided the following will communicate to these attempting to make their method within the world.”—Publishers Weekly

“In straight forward variety, Mom & Me & Mom dives deeply into Angelou’s advanced courting together with her mom. . . . At eighty four, Angelou indicates few indicators of slowing down.”—BookPage

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I love you for loving my darling daughter. ” Dinner was once a knockout. “Dancing liberated me or even made me believe as though my physique had a cause to be. ” (Maya Angelou, George Faison [of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater], and Vivian Baxter at Maya Angelou’s Valley street domestic, circa 1986) 18 whilst i used to be fifteen years outdated, I obtained a scholarship to wait the California hard work tuition. I studied dance there and it gave me a excitement I had by no means identified. tune prompt my physique to maneuver and waft and raise and that i its persuasion with out resistance. I took unfastened classes as frequently as i'll and while it was once deemed that I had grown to an age the place classes had a cost, I kept funds stingily to find the money for hire, babysitter, nutrients, files, and dance classification. occasionally I had adequate cash to take sessions in a month, and at different instances, squeezing the eagle until eventually it squawked, I controlled to take one type every week. i finished dance category for the 1st few months of married lifestyles. My time was once packed with studying the methods of my husband and looking at the connection that used to be constructing among him and my son. I back to bop, spending just one night monthly. Tosh requested if he may perhaps stopover at the category. I welcomed him and he introduced man alongside. I turned into a leotard and entered the study room to work out them sitting on folding chairs alongside the wall. They waited until eventually the category complete. We rode domestic jointly. Tosh stated, “Obviously you're the most sensible within the class—better than the instructor. ” i used to be so happy with the praise. For a couple of months, Tosh authorised the truth that I loved dance. yet i discovered he used to be lower than chuffed sooner or later whilst he acknowledged he sought after us to visit an Italian eating place for dinner. He used to be stunned while I informed him i wouldn't be loose for dinner simply because I had signed up for a dance category. He requested if i used to be making plans a profession as a dancer. I stated no, yet instructed him the dancing liberated me or even made me suppose as though my physique had a cause to be. He guaranteed me that that are supposed to by no means be my query. We either laughed at his insinuation and spoke not more approximately dance type. Later, Tosh got here out of the lavatory slamming the door at the back of him. I requested what was once unsuitable. We had had no actual arguments prior to. He stated the towels have been damp and there has been no excitement in attempting to dry oneself with a moist towel. I advised him we had dry towels and that i might have introduced him one if he had enable me be aware of. He acknowledged not one of the towels have been fairly dry simply because I didn’t make an effort to dry them effectively. I acknowledged not anything yet went to the linen closet and was once surprised to discover all of the towels damp and at the ground. I requested, “How did the towels get at the flooring? ” He replied, “I positioned them there simply because they weren't dry. ” I stated, “I had dried them myself. ” He stated, “You by no means had the time to be a formal housewife since you spent an excessive amount of time within the dance studio. ” I requested, “What do you need me to do? ” He was once zipping his pants and buttoning his blouse. He acknowledged, “You are by no means going to be a qualified dancer, so I don’t comprehend why you’re fiddling with dance.

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