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Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  5,320 ratings  ·  233 reviews
Wisdom from a remarkable woman of many talents--a writer who captured America's heart on Inauguration Day.
Hardcover, 141 pages
Published September 21st 1993 by Random House (first published 1993)
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Mohsin Maqbool
Maya Angelou, author of the best-selling books I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Gather Together in My Name, and the Heart of a Woman, has also written several collections of poetry, including Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ’fore I Diiie. She read her poem On the Pulse of Morning at the inauguration of President William Jefferson Clinton on January 20, 1993. She also wrote 10 one-hour programmes for the television series called ‘Blacks, Blues, Blacks’, which highlight Africanisms still curren ...more
Arlene
I started reading this during a short train ride. Chapter one: In All Ways A Woman. I drank it up, and then I thought and thought and thought. and then I went to my writing group, and started to talk. And I haven't stopped talking about it. Granted, every chapter is short. Every theme, random. But each makes me think. Use it for your morning meditations or read one chapter per train ride.
Lennie
Maya Angelou discusses life and some of the lessons she’s learned along the way. Faith, racism, grieving, and respect are just a few of the topics included in this book.

While most of the lessons this author speaks about were inspiring, there was one in particular which I liked the most. It has to do with moving in new directions. Sometimes you come to a point in which you are not satisfied with the way your life is headed or with the choices you have in front of you. When that happens, Angelou s
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Nomy
Nov 29, 2007 Nomy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grandmas or people who wouldnt read a whole memoir
after reading "i know why the caged bird sings" and "singin and swingin and gettin merry..." this fall, i was excited to read the final paperback that came in this box set that i borrowed from my mom. i read the whole thing while sitting at the free ear acupuncture clinic on monday. i was kinda disappointed. the book is dedicated to oprah and it feels clear that it is targeted towards her audience - little "pearls of wisdom" rather than whole stories. of course it's still maya angelou so there r ...more
Anna Todd
Ms. Angelou shares a lot of wisdom in this book...I love it where she states, "We need to have the courage to say that obesity is not funny, vulgarity is not amusing, insolent children and submissive parents are not the characters we want to admire and emulate. Flippancy and sarcasm are not the only ways in which conversation can be conducted."
Anna
Liked this book by Maya Angelou. It was filled with short essays about her experiences and about women. The snippets she provided about her own life picqued my interest to the point that I might see if she has a bio or autobio out there. Update: she has 6 autobiographies. Guess I'll start with 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings'.
Cheryl
Aside from a scene at the bar, when the narrator has a breakdown after realizing that despite her stardom she is alone and without a date, I didn't go on an experience in this book--like I do with Maya Angelou's books.
Amy Bocage
This book made me feel good to be a woman. The life lessons are wonderful. The chapters are short, but each one pertains to life and our journey through it.
Ayla (I'm not here)
loved this book, a quick wonderful read.
the book is a bout life, and Maya Angelou tells it by short stories, situations and poems

Therese
(Read 6/2009) "Wouldn't Take Nothing for my Journey Now" and "Even the Stars Look Lonesome" by Maya Angelou. These two works are not part of the autobiographical series (six books) that begins with "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." The two books I am discussing here are more like a collection of small vignettes which discuss various topics.

The wonderful thing about these two works and the later book of the same style, "Letter to my Daughter," is that they are chock full of sage advice and that
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Rachel
This book is a collection of Maya Angelou's meditations on a broad range of subjects, from health to manners to memories. I picked it up expecting a quick read, but was unprepared for how quick it really is: there's really very little content, and her meditations are generally only a few paragraphs long. And there wasn't much of a unifying theme, either -- she picks up just about any topic, it seems, offers a few thoughts on the matter, then drops it just as quickly.

She seems not to be quite as
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Natalee Cassell
I have to give this little book 5 out of 5. I really enjoyed it and now wish to own a copy of my own. It was quick and easy to read and made me think a lot. I'd struggle to find a favourite part as I enjoyed it all. A must read for me.
Kelly S.
This was a great book to read on a lazy vacation in Maryland. I picked it up from a bookshelf in the guest room at the Martin's home. I began reading as I ate a fresh, warm bagel for breakfast. I finished an hour later.

Some of my favorite parts...
- the story of Miss Annie Johnson who blazed her own trail
- Momma's (Maya's grandmother) comments about complainers
- the chapter about "Getups" ie. fashion

Quotes:
"We are more alike, my friends,
Than we are unalike."

"Life is pure adventure, and the sooner
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Jan Marquart
For anyone who hasn't read Maya Angelou I'd run to the closest bookstore. I've read all her books, as I do when I like any author, and I have to say Maya Angelou is beautiful and gracious in all of her books as well as in person. I saw her once in Santa Cruz, Ca. and once in New Mexico and I often think about the regal presence she gave in her presentations. Both a poet and memoir writer, her books speak about life and love and hardship and they don't mess around. In Wouldn't Take Nothing for my ...more
Patti
This is fabulous. I was given this as a gift nearly 20 years ago when I was still in my teens, and just re-read it recently. Full of essays and prose about womanhood, bravery, kindness and confidence. This was my introduction to Maya Angelou, and reading it the second time was as wonderful of an experience as reading it the first time. You can hear her voice - wise and soothing - as you read it, which is an added treat. This is an excellent gift for a woman of any age, especially for a young wom ...more
Wendy
I really like the book. She is a great woman who had a lot of wise things to share. One of my favorite quotes from the book is “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”

I think this book would make a great gift for a young person just starting out their journey in life.
Harrison
A gem of a book, read in no more than two hours, filled with insights and observances of a great and profound author.

I chose to read this book from several that my mom owns, selected soon after I learned of Angelou's death because I felt I lacked knowledge of her works and more generally of her thoughts.

The book is structured as a set of many brief (1-3 page) musings, morals, quips, anecdotes and observations. Some take on perceived failings of our society ("when virtue becomes redundant" and "v
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Marcea
I have a tremendous amount of respect for Maya Angelou and enjoy her poetry immensely. Each time I hear her speak I’m enchanted by her spirit. I do not, however, thing she is always right, but I do think she’s been blessed with an extraordinary amount of common sense and insight. I always find several avenues of thought in each of her ideas no matter how far they may be from my personal experience. As for this particular collection of essays, the reason I was able to breeze through it so quickly ...more
penelopewanders
Although I had appreciated some quotes by this author, I had never actually read anything by her. This was made available on bookcrossing shortly after her death and it seemed the perfect opportunity to better acquaint myself with her. Perhaps it would have been better to actually pick up the novel by her that's somewhere gathering dust on my TBR shelf. For me the advantage of signing up for a ring is then I feel compelled to read it rather than putting it off. I read this while travelling and i ...more
Sabrina
Aug 11, 2009 Sabrina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sheryl George, and Roz Templin
Recommended to Sabrina by: Librarian
I love reading this book. It is so heart-warming. My favorite chapters are In the Spirit, Jealousy, and A Day Away. All three of these chapters really touched me. I wish that everyone could read this simply antedotes on living well. It would be a better place.
Michelle
While I love Maya Angelou, this books seemed a little scattered and piecemeal. I would prefer to see her choose a few of the topics she writes about in the book and delve into them further. It was an okay read, but not my favorite of her works.
Shannon
I would recommend this book to (almost) anyone. It's incredibly uplifting, full of generosity that we sometimes lack in our day to day lives. I think everyone can learn something from her stories.
Krista
“Sister, there are people who went to sleep all over the world last night, poor and rich and white and black, but they will never wake again. Sister, those who expected to rise did not, their beds became their cooling boards, and their blankets became their winding sheets. And those dead folks would give anything, anything at all for just five minutes of this weather or ten minutes of that plowing that person was grumbling about. So you watch yourself about complaining, Sister. What you're suppo ...more
Carol
Short chapters containing her thoughts on being a woman, spirituality and society today. I took several quotes from it. A book that can be put down but worth reading.
Ethan
When I finished reading the last page, my first thought was, "how odd it is, that people published their blogs in hardcover before the internet was popular."
Of course, this book is way more polished and organized than your average blog, but the gist of the book is very much the same: it is a collection of short rambles on various personal experiences and perspectives.
Many of the chapters are very insightful and illuminating. Angelou expresses thoughts that I expect many people, including mysel
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Morrigan
"Wouldn't take nothing for my journey now" is a series of short essays by Maya Angelou on a myriad of topics such as pregnancy, self-worth, style, death, friends, family, racism and many other topics.

This books is amazing, I could not put it down. In a couple of hours I was done with the book, and by the end I felt so much better. It is both uplifting and full of wisdom and advice. It is the type of book that you read with a highlighter, make notes and show to friends. The type of book that you
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Jen
I liked this book, but I don't like Maya Angelou's tendency to characterize the world as degenerating. Passages like, "we have come to a place, a time, when virtue is no longer considered a virtue. The mention of virtue is ridiculed, and even the word itself has fallen out of favor," put me off. It belies a tendency to feel that there were once some "good old days," and I don't believe that to be true. There have always been virtuous people, and there have always been those who wish to malign an ...more
Natasa Tovornik
A very inspiring selection of short stories about life, oneself and society. Lovely to read just a couple of pages in the evening or in the morning and ponder upon them. I loved the experience of a free day when she tries to forget who she is for 24hrs and experiences the world with different eyes. Or how she sees when people start with"...I hope I will not be misunderstood" as invaders and tells them to shut up, as she defiantly will misunderstand if there is a chance. Righto - why should the r ...more
Francesca Rock
What. The. Hell. I do not even know where to begin with this. Well, let's start at the top. Look at the title, what does that even mean? A double negative in the title, are you kidding me? The description now, also, if you notice does not actually say anything. Just kind of says how awesome Maya Angelou is, but not what this book is about. Oh wait, probably because this book is about nothing.....

Yep, I said it, this book is about nothing. It is a series of 2-5 page essays on various topics. Ther
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Amalie
I love Maya Angelou and this is another book which proves that she is excellent in prose as she is with poetry. I'm yet to try her biographical volumes but I guess now I know what I'll find: beautiful simple and inspirtional prose.

This is a collection of short prose (very short most essays are less than 2 pages long) reflects on various topics such as spirituality, courage, writing and style, being a woman etc and many of the selections contain autobiographical reminiscences. She reflects on so
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Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Ann Johnson April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, was an American poet, memoirist, actress and an important figure in the American Civil Rights Movement. In 2001 she was named one of the 30 most powerful women in America by Ladies Home Journal. Maya Angelou is known for her series of six autobiographies, starting with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, (1969 which was n ...more
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