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Letter to My Daughter

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  7,886 ratings  ·  981 reviews
For a world of devoted readers, a much-awaited new volume of absorbing stories and inspirational wisdom from one of our best-loved writers.

Dedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her, Letter to My Daughter reveals Maya Angelou’s path to living well and living a life with meaning. Told in her own inimitable style, this book transcends genres and categori
ebook, 81 pages
Published September 23rd 2008 by Random House (first published September 10th 1994)
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Reading Maya Angelou is like getting a big hug on a bad day. She has the most comforting voice, and may be the wisest person I can think of. I want to be like her when I grow up.

Favorite Quotes:

Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking.

I remind myself it is sufficient to know what I know, and that what I know, may not always be true.

[I] try to be present and accountable for all I do and leave undone.
Angelou's book, Letter to My Daughter caught my eye immediately as I was browsing the shelves at Barnes and Noble. I picked it up and settled in a comfy chair with my latte and my soon to be good friend Maya. I was ready for advice, wisdom, love and experiences from a woman who has lived many more lives than I could ever imagine. Not to mention one who puts it so eloquently.

It is a craving of 20somethings to be gently advised in life from those who have already gone through the same struggles. I
Great book, quick read. Maya Angelou is so witty, I never realized! She is also so inspirational and genuine.
I guess I haven't really read Maya Angelou before so I may not have acquired the taste for her writing and the requisite knowledge of the form to understand this book. I often feel this way upon encountering poetry (adult contemporary poetry--I can handle Ogden Nash and Shel Silverstein and a variety of poems we had to memorize in high school English). Though this book is mostly prose, the stylization of the prose is not my favorite (or perhaps I should say it is not in my comfort zone). The boo ...more
My rating is based on the content, voice, and my teary-eyed reading. Within a few hours, I was done reading this book and I felt as if Ms. Angelou was sitting in a chair next to me, telling me her story, and giving me advice. She opens up about a lot of things in her young adult (and adult) life--things relatable to most women.

I admit, I did feel like her daughter when I read this (yeah, yeah, I'm that sentimental).

This is one you put on the shelves and revisit every year.
I need to review books before moving on to the next one. I always do a better job when it is still fresh in my mind.

This slim volume has substance and unusual topics. What a remarkable life Maya Angelou lived and yet, how humble and thoughtful in her musings.

I was especially struck by several chapters. I loved that she echoed my feelings on vulgarity.

"We need to have the courage to say obesity is not funny and vulgarity is not amusing. Insolent children and submissive parents are not the chara
A kind of perfect book for me.
Go ahead and judge me, I listned to this as an itunes audio file. But! with good reason. This is Maya Angelous's life story - her different trials and triumphs that have made her the woman in our history that should be so reveered. I found it fitting to listen to her tell her own story. Although, so much of this quick read is profound that I will also be getting the hard copy so that I can study her words and teachings.

pay note to her discussion on faith and god.
her coverage of race
her own dark
Miyanni 4sho
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A very nice read. Maya Angelou puts together some of her best writings. Some are essays, some poetry. small snippets from her many other books. She wrote the book in "dedication to her daughters" she does not have an actual daughter of her own. She wrote these short "chapters" as a love letter to the daughters of her heart. each has a lesson of what she has learned in life and what she wants to pass on to other women. I enjoyed this books quite a bit. She is a very wise and brilliant woman. anyo ...more
My dad sent me this book when it was first released. I'm starting to think I need to drop everything I'm reading and read all of the books he's sent me, which are not nearly as close to the top of my to-read pile as they apparently should be.

This book is a love letter. It's a book that says, these are the lessons that you do not have to learn for yourself. I get a little emotional when I think about it that way actually.

I finished it in couple of hours. When I was done, I had marked something
Sonja Arlow
I specifically wanted the audio book as she really had a very distinct voice and I wanted HER to tell her own story.

Only about 1/3 held life stories of universal wisdom while also showing a very humble (and funny) woman. I would have given this book a higher rating had there been more of these because I truly loved them. Some of my favourites were:

1) The Moroccan coffee experience
2) The rugs in a house in Senegal
3) The restaurant scene with the waitress and grits

I am not going to elaborate on th
Feb 20, 2015 Nicole rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women
Shelves: non-fiction
Really great read with lots of life lessons and interesting stories. Part memoir, part advice it feels, as intended, as though you're listening to a mother or grandmother telling each story as it's read aloud by Maya Angelou herself. She shares personal stories - some are humorous, some are not. It is well-written, interesting, funny and sobering, but in the way a good letter is also often characterised by its brevity, it is perhaps too short to involve everything that she wishes to share while ...more
Elevate Difference
Maya Angelou's Letter to My Daughter is a beautiful tribute replete with lessons for younger generations of women. The prolific autobiographer chronicles her travels abroad in Europe and Africa and writes of the indignities and trials she faces at home. Every story provides a nugget of truth, its profundity startling and plainly humbling.

The volume is somewhat chronological; however, this does not make the writing any less lucid. There is no original moral. Angelou reminds us to count our bless
It would be impossible to say what all I learned from this book. It will be one to keep close as my journey continues. I have read nearly all of Angelou's published books, so many characters and stories were familiar to me already. This book carefully selects from those experiences to offer the concise and meditative feel of a poem, condensed and more impactful, leaving a lingering need to reflect and somehow apply. My favorite pieces were the memories of her own mother, a few stories that in ju ...more
Bought this as a gift to my own daughter... as well as purchasing a copy for myself. Some excerpts:

Write down your blessing. The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas. The challenging days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising. Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed.

I am never proud to participate in violence, yet, I know tha
Mary Markis
A quick and easy read. Maya gives some great insight to several facets in life, supported by personal experience and perspective.

Favorite quote from the book shed light into challenges I currently am presented with in my own life:

"When I find myself filling with rage over the loss of a beloved, I try as soon as possible to remember that my concerns and questions should be focused on what I learned or what I have yet to learn from my departed love. What legacy was left which can help me in teh a
Highly recommended. I listened to the audio book version, and particularly enjoyed that it was read by the author (and eloquent orator, I might add), Maya Angelou, herself. It added to the personal message of each of the short essays and enhanced my enjoyment overall. There are so many quotable moments, though, that I found that I'd really like a written copy of my own to go back to. Maya Angelou speaks her wisdom and opinions on the important virtues of life from her personal experiences, humbl ...more
Mar 03, 2009 Linda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: to every woman

I once heard Maya Angelou read from her most famous book “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” Her presence is commanding her voice thick with empathy and deep understanding of life. She was in the looking back phase at that time and I was deeply moved by her insights. As a parting note she has penned a letter to the daughters she never had, whether they be black, white or a nice mocha color. My own mother’s recent passing made her honest, soulful, revealing, unique well of ancient wisdom even more
One of my favorite quotes:

When I decide to write anything, I get caught up in my insecurity despite the prior accolades. I think, uh, uh, now they will know I am a charlatan that I really cannot write and write really well. I am almost undone, then I pull out a new yellow pad and as I approach the clean page, I think of how blessed I am.

The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas. The challenging days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising. Stormy or s
Leah Claiborne
This is a beautiful book filled with Angelou's life experiences in which she invites her audiences to take part of and learn from. Every women should read this, especially young women of today. It's a book I come back to each summer as I reflect on my own life and what my journey has taught me. We all face the same struggles, we all share and will experience the same emotions, we all go through phases and cycles of our lives. Letters to my Daughter is a quick must read that will have the reader ...more
Apr 08, 2015 Honey rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I think women, especially young women of color, would benefit from reading this.
Title: Letter to My Daughter
Author: Maya Angelou
Genre: Nonfiction, essay, memoir, poetry
Setting: Mostly America, with some parts of the book set elsewhere in the world.
Reason for Reading: 50 book project book #13!
Relevant to the Project: This is one of a group of books I picked out from the "black studies" section at the Central Square branch library. I've enjoyed Angelou's prose in the past and thought I'd give it a shot.
Finished In: Days - about two of them. It's a quick read.
Pages: 192
“I believe in that way we learn to give and receive social lies. We look at friends who have lost dangerous amounts of weight or who have added ungainly pounds and we say, “You’re looking good.” Everybody knows the statement is a blatant lie but, we all swallow the untruth in part to keep the peace and in part because we do not wish to deal with the truth. I wish we could stop the little lies. I don’t mean that one has to be brutally frank. I don’t believe that we should be brutal about anything ...more
A little more than a week ago, I sat down and read this book cover to cover. It was like eating chocolates, sometimes you want to eat the whole box. However, I think that I may have overdosed. A little bit of wisdom from this wonderful woman may have been better than the whole box(book). I did not let her ideas simmer and really make an impact on me. That was my mistake and I will rectify it.

This is an inspirational book in the best sense. Angelou wrote many books before her death. She wrote ove
Jacqueline Smith
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Susan Rose
This book is a collection of stories, poems and musings from Angelou's life written to the daughter she never had. (Be aware some of the sections in this book are taken from other books, so if you've read a lot of her work you may have read some of this before).

Favourite Quote: 'I gave birth to one child, a son, but I have thousands of daughters. You are Black and White, Jewish and Muslim, Asian, Spanish-speaking, Native American and Aleut. You are fat and thin and pretty and plain, gay and s
I've always admired the African Americans. They're the "minority" that stood for themselves. And it happens to be February is the African American History Month, so what better way to celebrate it than reading a memoir or poem by one of their icons; Maya Angelou.

“I gave birth to one child, a son, but I have thousands of daughters. You are Black and White, Jewish and Muslim, Asian, Spanish speaking, Native Americans and Aleut. You are fat and thin and pretty and plain, gay and straight, educated
I was at a garage sale with my mom when I stumbled across this. Recognizing the author's name and knowing it was only costing me 50 cents made this an instant sell.

While I can say I haven't wasted 50 cents, I can't say I would buy this full price. Maya Angelou is a wonderful writer, to be sure, but maybe this isn't her best work. This is my first time reading her, and I'm not sure that she lived up to the hype. There are some beautiful snippets in here, verses that just grab your heart, but i
In eighth grade I wrote a report on Maya Angelou. My teacher and I had some of the greatest conversations I have ever had with anyone about this woman. Before I read anything she’s written, I knew her whole life story. I knew of the things she has been through, and I fell in love with her.
I bought this book for my mom, for Christmas. She hasn’t read it yet, because she’s been so busy, but it’s okay with me that she hasn’t had the time. I picked this book up on Thursday night and started reading.
Nov 01, 2011 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Females of any age
Recommended to Jessica by: Gift from my mother
“Letter to My Daughter”
By Maya Angelou

This book contains many short essays written by Angelou. Each one is different, even though in some way they do connect to each other. She is speaking to the daughter she never had about lessons she’s learned in her life, and how they’ve affected her, and how they were useful to her. Containing many events that will touch someone’s life.

This is one of the most inspiring books I’ve read. This book was actually a gift from my mom. I think what caught my att
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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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