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Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journe

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  6,671 Ratings  ·  300 Reviews
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. A collection of inspirational messages presents the author's insights into such topics as friendship, grace, spirit, family, and healing.
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Published September 21st 1993 by Random House (NY) (first published 1993)
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Mohsin Maqbool
Sep 15, 2016 Mohsin Maqbool rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Anna Todd
Jun 08, 2011 Anna Todd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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."
May 23, 2012 Arlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Nov 24, 2014 Yossie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure what I expected. The pieces in here are like journal, note-to-self entries for the writer's records, only that some of the thoughts will inspire whosoever picks it up. Otherwise, pretty "meh."
Amy Bocage
Jan 26, 2008 Amy Bocage rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 12, 2009 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 27, 2011 Lennie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 29, 2007 Nomy rated it liked it  ·  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
Jan Marquart
Apr 27, 2011 Jan Marquart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 10, 2013 Patti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Apr 11, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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'.
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

Bryce Holt
What an inane little chapbook this is. If you pulled out all the blank pages, wasted space and chapter titles, I bet this wouldn't end up being 45 pages. It's not to say that the ideas in here aren't good, but they do make this beautiful brain that is Maya Angelou look simple, disjointed and un-put-together (and I've read "Caged Bird" so I know better). Knowing that it couldn't be further from the truth, that is an absolute tragedy.

You want to know the worst part? It looks like she did this for
Oct 19, 2011 Therese rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(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
Mar 22, 2016 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It's hard to find words to describe how much I loved this book but I'll do my best.
Reading this was like talking deeply with a favorite aunt, a wise grandmother, a best friend, and a sister all rolled into one. The wisdom in these words emanates from the woman, that if I'm very lucky, I'll grow to be one day.
There are books that just feel good to read, that bring us back to ourselves and remind us about the existence of our soul. Maya angelo reminds us that everything we do, every seed we sew,
Aug 28, 2016 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It was short and sweet, a collection of essays/tidbits of wisdom that Ms. Angelou collected throughout her life. Some of the tidbits were a little cliche, but others really hit home for me.

This is a very short book - I finished it in about 30 minutes - but it's one I will reread. Love Maya Angelou. :)
Kelly Stalions
Apr 06, 2016 Kelly Stalions rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

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

"Life is pure adventure, and the sooner
Lori Frank
Jun 12, 2016 Lori Frank rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was blown away by how concisely written but yet how much wisdom filled the pages that I was forced to take time at the end of each chapter to reflect on the magnitude of her statements.
Krishna Kumar
May 18, 2015 Krishna Kumar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a small book that is mainly a compilation of short writings by Maya Angelou. Some are just a few paragraphs while others run into a few pages. Published in 1994, it would have been a collection of blog posts today! Angelou talks about various topics: women empowerment, racism, religion, struggle, family, and so on. Like most books of this type (meaning, a collection of writings), there are some articles that are very good and some you would think deserve more thought. And usually at the ...more
The essays in this book are short, pithy and aphoristic. They're also all over the place--it feels a bit like the bits of Mark Twain's autobiography...little nuggets of Wisdom on various subjects. Some of the writing is quite nice, but I didn't feel challenged much by most of the themes, which sometimes feel a bit antiquated--the younger generations have no moral center, travel is good for expanding an individual's consciousness, if you don't like where your life is going you should change it, b ...more
Jun 29, 2014 Harrison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
This book was full of wisdom. She had me contemplating moments of complaint in the past week, forgiveness, and more. I found quite a few lines I appreciated.

"We often forget that life is an ongoing adventure....Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art."

"I try to plant peace if I do not want discord; to plant loyalty and honestly if I want to avoid betrayal and lies."

"It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in dive
Jun 22, 2014 Em rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 11, 2009 Sabrina rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Mar 10, 2016 Rhea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read some of Maya Angelou's biography before ( "Caged Bird" and "Mom and me and Mom"), and I picked this up with similar expectations. I was taken aback to find that it is a collection of short, diary-like entries on a variety of subjects. I read it very quickly and while there were many thought-provoking bits, it was fragmented and disjointed, and read more like a blog or a cheap motivational book picked up near the grocery counter, rather than something by one of this century's most acc ...more
Dec 29, 2014 Natalee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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