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  Celebrate Maya Angelou   Mom & Me & Mom  

Mom & Me & Mom

Returning to the memoir decades after her six-volume autobiography practically re-invented the form, Maya Angelou here charts the most formative relationship of her life in this stirring portrait. Vivian Baxter was an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence. When her marriage began to crumble, Baxter sent three-year-old Maya and her brother to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. The subsequent feelings of abandonment stayed with Angelou for years, ...... read more

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"All my work, my life, everything I do is about survival; not just bare, awful, plodding survival, but survival with grace and faith. While one may encounter many defeats, one must not be defeated." A poet, playwright, performer, film director, and a singularly brilliant advocate for personal dignity, Maya Angelou re-invented and re-invigorated autobiography, African American literature, feminism, and the Black experience in America with a series of stunning confessional works that began with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The full measure of her contribution to our culture and society has yet to be assayed, but within her life she was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the Lincoln Medal, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as well as more than 50 honorary degrees.

Angelou's distinctive voice, her tranquil strength, her remarkably buoyant spirit, and even her mischievous sense of humor will all be greatly missed, but we are truly fortunate to have the gifts of her life and experience in her writings.

"I’ve been blessed to have Maya Angelou as my mentor, mother/sister and friend since my 20s. She was there for me always, guiding me through some of the most important years of my life. The world knows her as a poet but at the heart of her, she was a teacher. 'When you learn, teach. When you get, give' is one of my best lessons from her.

She won three Grammys, spoke six languages and was the second poet in history to recite a poem at a presidential inauguration. But what stands out to me most about Maya Angelou is not what she has done or written or spoken, it’s how she lived her life. She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace. I loved her and I know she loved me. I will profoundly miss her. She will always be the rainbow in my clouds." - Oprah Winfrey

 

  The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou  

The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou

In her stunning six-volume memoir, Maya Angelou sweeps us along with searing insights and soul-baring honesty from her childhood in Stamps, Arkansas, in the 1930s and 40s to the moment in 1968 when she wrote the first lines of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. In between, the birth of her son Guy at the end of World War II, her travels abroad with the cast of Porgy and Bess, her life in a black expatriate "colony" in Ghana, and her intense involvement with the civil rights ...... read more

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou.

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When this first of her series of autobiographical books was published in 1969—covering her life up to the age of 17, in 1944—the late Maya Angelou garnered the attention of an international audience ... ... read more

 
Gather Together in My Name  

Gather Together in My Name

Maya Angelou.

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In her second volume of autobiography, following the unprecedented I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou continues her remarkable personal story. The time is the end of World War II, ... ... read more

 
Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas  

Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas

Maya Angelou.

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In the beginning of this third volume of her autobiography, covering the years 1949 through 1955, Maya Angelou has a job in a record shop, where she is confused by the attentions of a young white ... ... read more

 
The Heart of a Woman  

The Heart of a Woman

Maya Angelou.

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In this fourth memoir, covering the late 1950s and early 60s, Maya Angelou leaves California with her son Guy for New York City. There she enters the society of black artists and writers, reads her ... ... read more

 
All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes  

All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes

Maya Angelou.

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In 1962, as a poet and performer in her early 30s, Maya Angelou claimed another piece of her identity by moving to the newly independent Ghana, joining a community of "Revolutionist Returnees" ... ... read more

 
 
A Song Flung Up to Heaven  

A Song Flung Up to Heaven

Maya Angelou.

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It is 1964 and Maya Angelou is on her way home in this sixth volume of her original autobiographical series, leaving behind her son to finish his university education in Ghana. In America, the civil ... ... read more

 
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