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Mom & Me & Mom

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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
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Random House (first published January 1st 2013)
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Petra X
Edit: Tell me, how can this be such a bad review I get a troll? It's 3 star, it praises Maya Angelou, yet I get some troll playing the race card about 'poor Maya Angelou'. She might have grown up in politically difficult times, but she grew up with a wealthy mother and household staff. (view spoiler) ...more
Maya Angelou never disappoints when she writes a book. Mom and Me and Mom is a book devoted to her mother Vivian Baxter. When Maya was three she was sent to Stamps Arkansas with her then five year old brother Bailey. she wrote a book "I know why the Caged Bird Sings" describing her ten years there with her grandmother who raised the two children. Maya Angelou knew very little about her mother until she was thirteen and sent to San Francisco to live with her mother. Her Book Mom & Me & Mo ...more
I was expecting a letdown. After holding her in the highest regard, reading all of her books - especially loving her autobiographies - it wasn't until college that I was mature enough to appreciate her poetry - I didn't think there was anything more she could say. Hasn't she said enough? The spell would be gone. How could it possibly hold me from the age of 9 to 33? I was wrong. It was very much like greeting an old friend. The beginning of the book was glittered with old truths wisely told in h ...more
First I like to say thank you to The Random House Publishing Group for providing me with an early copy of "Mom & Me & Mom" via Goodreads First Reads program. I can still remember picking up a tattered copy of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in my teens when I didn't think much of reading. It was the book that transformed me into a bookworm.

In Mom & Me & Mom, Maya Angelou engages the reader right off the bat. This book spans Maya's interactions with her mother throughout her life
It was good listening to part of the life that Maya Angelou loved and lived with her mother. She will be missed by many and loved by all. Thank you Maya Angelou!
From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the Week:
Maya Angelou's account of her relationship with her mother, Vivian Baxter.

There is a saying, both a curse and a blessing, that is something like “may you have an interesting life.” Maya Angelou has certainly had an interesting life, and that has probably been both a curse and a blessing.

I know her writing mostly from her beautiful I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings , although it has been decades since I read it, and from her equally beautiful poetry.

She has multiple autobiographical writings, and this newest one tells more of her relationship with her mother, and to a l
A story of truth from Maya Angelou’s life, its a tale of the love for her mother, her journey of learning and loving life. The authors journey inspires, her words enrich and warm the reader, she captivates, has your attention, she invites you into her world, her hard times and good times, her fears and hopes on her road of discovery, her writing flows fluidly, you feel part of her turbulent life for a time.
You learn of her growth, her jobs and her love for music and art.

This is a memorable story
The relationships that exist between mothers and their children are very complex and emotionally charged--or at least the relationships that my friends had with their mothers and the relationship that I had with my mother were. Maya Angelou tackles this emotional minefield in her new book, Mom & Me & Mom. Vivian Baxter was physically small, but had a larger than life personality. Because her marriage was in its last days and neither she nor her husband felt capable of being effective par ...more
I have not read any other books by Maya Angelou, but have always wanted to read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Maybe I should have started with that book.

Instead, I started with this new autobiography about the author and her mother, and while it was interesting, somehow it was lacking for me. In my mind I had built this idea of what I expected from Maya Angelou writing, and this did not live up to my possibly overblown expectations.

The story of her life with her mother was interesting, but w
On reading, this book felt disjointed. Angelou progresses through her relationship with her mother using a string of stories in unfocused time. Within minutes of finishing the book, I sat down to eat dinner and ran across a quote of Angelou's in the newspaper and a story describing a young woman's summer internship encouraging other women to write their stories. The intern discussed the importance of the individuality of one's storytelling. Am I the only one these things happen to? And, lately, ...more
Lisa M.
I don't think it fair of me to gush about Dr. Angelou simply because I adore her, or because her books are the reason I am a writer now. I met her over 26 yrs ago and having the very honorable opportunity to speak with her again, have her touch my writing hand...again and sharing some very special words with me...again was the highlight of my week. As to the book. Very quick read. Very insightful and very different from anything she has ever written before. This is an insight into who she is, he ...more
I have been wanting to read this book the minute it came out but for some reason other books seemed to come up first. Why was I looking forward to this book? Because Maya Angelou is an author that makes the reader (me) sentimental, inspired and just...*sigh* happy I read her work.
In Mom & Me & Mom, Maya tells the story of her relationship with her mom. Maya's mom was a strong woman who was ahead of her time. She was a strong woman who sent her children to their grandmothers when she fel
Ellyn Oaksmith
Quibbling about a book by one of the best living authors today seems a bit small but as someone who has read nearly all of Ms. Angelou's work, I have to mention that although this book advertises "new material," there is much that is familiar in this book. I had to check the copyright at one point to make sure this wasn't a book of hers that I'd already read. Some of the phrases are even the same, other times it seems to take an entire incident right from another book.

For those who have not rea
Throughout her career, Maya Angelou has had few qualms writing about the extremely personal — her childhood rape, feelings on race, upbringing in the rural South, struggles for feminism. But she refused to reveal much about her relationship with her mother, until now, in Mom & Me & Mom.

Her hesitance is understandable. Most of us acknowledge the sacredness of the mother-child bond (why else would “your mom” jokes hit so hard?), but it’s no secret that it can be a complicated one. Angelou
Denise Ervin
I have long been a fan of Maya Angelou's poetry and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is one of the better memoirs I read in my twenties. Mom & Me & Mom does not do justice to Ms. Angelou's talent. The story skips around in several places, leaving out details that seem vital for the reader's understanding but are obviously present in the mind of the author as she writes. The one saving grace is that the reader does develop a great deal of love and respect for the mother of this world-renow ...more
Diane S ❄
I loved this memoir by Angelou, because although many horrible things happened to her this is not a pity memoir. It is presented and told in a straight forward manner, a kind of this is my story take it or leave it. Loved the relationship between her and her mom, although that relationship took a while in coming, also the love she felt for her brother, Bailey. She accomplished so many things, in so many different fields and places, which is awe inspiring, especially during the time period when w ...more
I like the book. The read was easy and short, just taking a couple of hours to finish. An incredibly open and honest look at her difficult relationships with her mom, grandmother, some of her relationships with men, her marriage, work and career. She shows that we are human and we all make bad choices but that doesn't define us. Mom & Me & Mom deals primarily with Ms. Angelou's relationships with her mother and her grandmother. Not all women are meant to be mothers but in the end forgive ...more
Engaging the reader immediately with her raw detail of early childhood, Ms. Angelou delivers a memoir sure to soften your heart.

Through the trials and tribulations of life, Vivian Baxter (Maya's mother)defines the qualities of not only a wholesome mother but a strong woman. Both mothers inspire readers to embrace every choice you make in life for the sake of your children.

For those who are new to Maya's writing, you must adapt to her style as it may come across as a little "choppy" at first. C
This book will undoubtedly be embraced by Maya Angelou fans, as it delves more deeply into stories she's told before in other volumes. Specifically, she traces the journey of love as she learned to accept and adore the mother who left her to the care of others from ages 3-13.

While some of the anecdotes were revealing, entertaining, and/or spirited, they didn't come together as a whole. The entire narrative structure and descriptive writing in Mom & Me & Mom simply doesn't compare to An
Leslie Wilkins
I listened to the audiobook version of this on a recent road trip. The only tradeoff for hearing Maya's words IN her own voice, which was awesome, was the fact that if I had been reading an actual book -- that I owned -- I would have been underlining like crazy. There are so many wise quips and thought-provoking sayings packed in to this book. Highly recommended to anyone who is a mom, or anyone who has a mom.
Cheryl Reddick
This was a wonderful story! I've always admired Maya Angelou...and 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings' has long been my favorite book (I've read it numerous times)...but hearing her read about her relationship with her mother (while tumultuous at times) was the 'back-story' to that book. If you are a'll love it...and it was even better listening to her read the story to me. I checked the audiobook out at my local library...but will be buying a copy to have. Ms. Angelou...I applaud you!!!
In the prologue, Ms. Angelou says "I know that I became the woman I am because of the grandmother I loved, and the mother I came to adore." These two women loved and supported her, and in this book she details the strength and ferocity of that love, especially of her mother's love.
"Love heals. Heals and liberates. I use the word love, not meaning sentimentality, but a condition so strong that it may be that which holds the stars in their heavenly positions and that which causes the blood to f
This book is very timely for me. I learned that a mother's job is no to be a perfect person. A child will appreciate a mother who is loving, without being smothering, who is protective, without being crippling, who is honest, without being scathing, and most of all, who is supportive. Maya Angelou's account of her relationship with her mother is inspiring and full of lessons.
In a nutshell, this autobiography, raw with emotion, reads more like a memoir than an autobiography.

My introduction to Maya Angelou, like many others, was being assigned I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in high school. I remember finding it incredibly moving, especially since it read like a novel. It was also my introduction to the novelized autobiography, a rare but beautifully effective genre. I probably don’t have to point out that high school was quite a while ago for me. I haven’t reread Ca
Kuppulakshmi Krishnamoorthy
Books! The only real friend you can ever have.

It talks to you, listens to you, and even answers a few questions that have been eating up your heart and soul for some time. I picked this book because it was written by Maya Angelou, and because the word "Me" was sandwiched between "Mom". I have got some great soul-reviving answers of life from this book.

There are many best parts: Here are a few:

She is a Mother: Not just because she feeds and also loves and cuddles and even mollycoddles a child, bu
this latest addition to the autobiographies written by Maya Angelou is a beautiful love letter to her mother, Vivian Baxter. Starting with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, I have eagerly devoured Ms. Angelou's poetic words and rich life lessons. Raised by her paternal grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas until the age of 12 and then returning with her brother, Bailey, to her mother in San Francisco, Ms. Angelou tells her story as it is intertwined with her mother's story in only the way SHE can do it ...more
I send my heartfelt thanks to Ms. Angelou for sharing her experiences of daughterhood and motherhood with us through Mom and Me and Mom. What an amazing life she has lived and is still living! I had read A Song Flung up to Heaven and Caged Bird but I learned more about her background and how she was shaped from having such a loving, fiery, smart mother.

When Maya was just a toddler her mother gave her and her brother up to be raised by her grandmother. They stayed with their grandmother for many
I love Maya Angelou - for her wisdom - for the poet that she is. I think I started this book with a per-conceived expectation of what a Maya Angelou book should be, and this was not that book for me.

I think I know her better from this book than anything else of hers that I've read. (She was a singer? Really? I had no idea.) It was like when I discovered that my grandmother wasn't just a cardboard cutout "grandmother" - that she was a woman (a woman - not just a person) as deep as the deepest we
In fairly simple declarative sentences Maya Angelou recounts growing in love with a mother whom she felt had rejected her in her early years when she yearned for a mother's love. Her grandmother raised her and her younger brother Bailey. Maya's mother couldn't handle it and a bad marriage when her children were young. Oddly enough, her mother took them on when Maya was a teenager. I say oddly because taking on teenage children would be the toughest time to deal with them in my experience.

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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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“Love heals. Heals and liberates. I use the word love, not meaning sentimentality, but a condition so strong that it may be that which holds the stars in their heavenly positions and that which causes the blood to flow orderly in our veins.” 26 likes
“I will look after you and I will look after anybody you say needs to be looked after, any way you say. I am here. I brought my whole self to you. I am your mother.” 22 likes
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