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Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou
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Nov 30, 2008

did not like it
Read in December, 2008

This is a kind of "Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten" collection of thoughts and wisdom from Maya Angelou to the daughter she never had (biologically, that is). It is a hodge-podge of essays, poems and random thought based on Angelou's life experiences. It is at times preachy and judgmental, but alas, beautifully written. And, of course, there is truth in each of Angelou's pieces of advice. Most of her advice is of the "suck it up and endure" variety, and while she recounts clearly difficult times in her life, sometimes the conclusions she reaches seem too simplistic and fail to honor the feelings she had at the time of the event. This is a good book to pick up while browsing in the bookstore, read a few quick chapters, and move on. Or to have lying around the house to read in pieces here and there. While quick, as a straight through read, I found it a bit irritating.

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message 1: by Ashley (new)

Ashley as irritating as half dome?

message 2: by Anne (new) - rated it 1 star

Anne Half-dome isn't irritating - just not awe-inspiring. Though I feel like if I went up there again, I might appreciate it more. Too bad I'll never be in good enough shape to go again. I think I'll just eat the nutter butters.

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