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Mom & Me & Mom (Maya Angelou's Autobiography #7)

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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 indomitabl
Hardcover, 201 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Random House (first published January 1st 2013)
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Petra Eggs
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
Apr 01, 2013 Kerene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 13, 2013 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
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
Maya Angelou was a woman who wore many hats. She was an author, a poet, a civil rights activist, a singer, a dancer, an actress, a professor, a composer, and so much more. But she was also a daughter, a sister, and a mother. And those roles were what this book, her seventh and final autobiography, focused on, connecting them back to the one person who had, for better or worse, influenced her the most--her mother, Vivian Baxter.

Ms. Angelou's relationship with her mother was a complicated one tha
Apr 06, 2013 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Bettie
From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the Week:
Maya Angelou's account of her relationship with her mother, Vivian Baxter.

Feb 21, 2013 Sherri rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
Jul 02, 2013 Sheila rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club, biography
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
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!
Apr 03, 2013 Lou rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Apr 20, 2013 Mmars rated it really liked it
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
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
Jul 18, 2013 Judy rated it really liked it
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
Lisa M.
Apr 07, 2013 Lisa M. rated it it was amazing
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 swear to God, Maya Angelou was one of the wisest and most elegant human beings that ever walked this earth. The poignancy and beauty of her words is almost overwhelming.

I feel better about things after reading this. It is the literary equivalent of bread pudding.
Dec 03, 2016 Serena rated it really liked it
Book: Mom & Me & Mom
Author: Maya Angelou
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars

Another Our Shared Shelf reading and probably the last one of 2016.

I was first exposed to Maya Angelou's work through, like so many others I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. We read this clear back in my Honours English class in high school. What I remember about it was that it really was not all that painful of a read. Whenever Emma called Mom & Me & Mom one of her favourite books, I had pretty high expectations.
Diane S ☔
Jan 31, 2013 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it
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
Mary Bronson
I thought this was a great book. I really enjoyed reading it. Nice short book. Maya Angelou is such a talented writer and great storyteller. I love the relationship Maya had with her mother. It was rocky at first but after that when Maya got older they had a pretty good relationship and they were both there for each other.
Oct 21, 2013 Amina | PAPER/PLATES rated it really liked it
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
Ellyn Oaksmith
Oct 09, 2013 Ellyn Oaksmith rated it really liked it
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
Mar 28, 2015 Shan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was the first thing I've ever read by Maya Angelou. In the book she assumes that you know about her and her life. I didn't. So I didn't appreciate how out of nowhere all of a sudden, more than halfway through the book, you know nothing about her talents and then she's all, like, yeah, since I'm a poet my poet friends invited me to go to New York with them. She mentioned how she was a dancer in a strip club and that she sang in some other clubs. That's cool. Um, but why is this the first tim ...more
Denise Ervin
Jul 23, 2013 Denise Ervin rated it it was ok
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
Nov 23, 2016 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I actually found this very lovely and entertaining despite my initial doubts when picking it up. I wasn't that bothered about Angelou's more famous work I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and this collection of memories includes or alludes, in part or in whole, to stories told in that book, but I got on with this book better. The focus on stories about her mother, the way she makes her mum out to be such a charismatic and inspiring (but still very human) woman and the lessons learned from her in pa ...more
Aug 20, 2013 Pauline rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 31, 2013 Sendy rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 15, 2017 Tracie rated it it was amazing
This was my first Maya Angelou book and I found it to be very powerful. I liked hearing about Angelou's life, and about the loving and sometimes volatile relationship with her mother. Angelou's writing was simple but poignant and she ended her chapters with lessons she learned from her mom.

I liked Vivian Baxter. She was a feminist without really calling herself one. She was rough and ready, loved life on her own terms, and only apologized if she did something wrong. She refused to bow down to a
Mar 01, 2017 Carla rated it really liked it
Wow...Ms. Angelou was a woman who had been through a lot in her life. She was also a phenomenal woman of many talents. I had no clue of some of the jobs she held. Her mother was a force to be reckoned with and I'm glad that even though she didn't know her mom in her youth that she found and grew to love her mom as a tween. It took some time to grow the bond they had but it was nothing short of loving and wondrous once they found each other. Thank you Ms. Angelou for your style, grace, and wit an ...more
Ecem  Yücel
Feb 07, 2017 Ecem Yücel rated it it was amazing
Angelou is amazing. Couldn't put the book down. Since I read "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" before this one, I was familiar with some events in this book, which were summarized at the beginning, yet the thought of "I have read these already," didn't turn me off. If anything, it made me wanna read the rest of her autobiography sooner.

Vivian Baxter and Maya Angelou, how powerful these women were! These two free spirits did everything they wanted, that made them happy. They never stopped discove
Emma Clement
Nov 10, 2016 Emma Clement rated it really liked it
Shelves: feminism
Just finished the book - it was a great read! It was fascinating to read about how their relationship changed, and I found that this book gave me a lot to think about regarding relationships we have with our parents, and it has made me be thankful for everything my mother has done for me. While I was reading I was thinking about my relationship with my mother and comparing it to that of Maya and her mother. I cannot say if my relationship with my mom is better or worse, but I can sure say it is ...more
Feb 25, 2015 Alysia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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
Susan Kelley
Jun 11, 2014 Susan Kelley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, audio
This is a beautiful autobiographical book of Ms. Angelou and her relationship with her mother, Vivian Baxter. She takes you from being abandoned by her mother at a young age to their close bond that the two of them developed later on.

Maya's strength and perseverance is all credited to her tiny mother. Vivian Baxter was a powerhouse who made her own rules. She was brutally honest, sometimes believed in serving her own version of justice, and she loved deeply.

In addition to telling of their mother
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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 ...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.” 51 likes
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