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Mom & Me & Mom

(Maya Angelou's Autobiography #7)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  16,752 ratings  ·  1,839 reviews

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, 201 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Random House
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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
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The audio was read by Maya Angelou herself. Angelou has always been a special wonder to me. She was a professor at a nearby university, and I grew up mesmerized by her. It makes me sad to think this was her last book, that there will be no more gifts like this one. The mother-daughter relationship she experienced was tentative, tender, and complicated. This was only a fraction of her life experience shared, and the distance she traveled in that time, the adversity she and her mother overcame; it ...more
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
”This book has been written to examine some of the ways love heals and helps a person to climb impossible heights and rise from immeasurable depths.”

Two months ago, I read Maya Angelou’s “Letter to My Daughter” – the first of Angelou’s books I read. This morning, I read “Mom & Me & Mom” which was delightful, wonderful, sometimes sad, sometimes not, but throughout has that same lovely tone that I found in “Letter to My Daughter.” I’d read poems of hers before, seen her speak, although not
Mariah Roze
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this first book to Maya's autobiographies and then saw this one (the last one) available and decided to read it. I read these books for the Goodreads' book club Diversity in All Forms. If you would like to participate in the discussion here is the link below:

In this story Maya shares her deep and difficult relationship with her mother all the way to her mom's passing. Three-year-old Maya and her older brother were sent to Arkansas to live with
Lucy Langford
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I knew that I had become the woman I am because of the grandmother I loved and the mother I came to adore. Their love informed, educated, and liberated me.

you learned that you have power and determination... With those two things, you can go anywhere and everywhere.

This book was heart-wrenching and uplifting. This book is Maya Angelou's final work (I believe), published a year before her death in 2014. This book focuses on her mother, Vivian Baxter, who abandoned Maya Angelou at a young
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it

Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Annie Johnson) was an African-American poet, singer, actress, writer, director, producer, composer, and civil rights activist. Angelou wrote a series of seven autobiographies, of which "Mom & Me & Mom" - published when Angelou was 85-years-old - is the last. This final memoir concentrates on Angelou's relationship with her mother, Vivian Baxter, a petite but formidable woman who helped make Angelou the strong independent woman she was.

Maya Angelou

Apr 13, 2013 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 & ...more
Apr 01, 2013 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 ...more
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Everyone needs a cheerleader in their life. Vivian Baxter, Maya Angelou's mother, was just that person. Although for ten years the young Angelou had no contact with her mother, once they were reunited, her mother gave Maya the love and encouragement she needed to rise above immeasurable odds and become one of America's most renowned and beloved poets. Maya Angelou, a stripper, a singer? Who knew!

I enjoyed reading this poignant and inspirational story of woman I have long admired.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A simple touching memoir that traces the early days of how a young Maya Angelou is reunited with her mother after many years of estrangement and abandonment. We get to meet "Lady" as Maya calls her mother the vivacious Vivian Baxter. The tone of the writing and also narrated by Maya herself in this audiobook is delightful and lovely, there's almost a childlike quality in her storytelling. To know that Maya was once a shy young girl who hardly spoke at all makes you see her magnificent growth as ...more
Diane S ☔
Jan 31, 2013 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 ...more
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!
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
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
Normally I would give 4 stars to this engaging and informative biography because it felt a bit rushed but I want to give 5 stars because of sentimentality and that it was narrated by Maya Angelou herself which was so great and I really enjoyed learning about her personal life and how it impacted her as an artist/writer/teacher.
If you love Maya Angelou this is a must read (preferably on audio!).
Jul 02, 2013 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
Apr 06, 2013 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 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
Ivonne Rovira
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ivonne by: Great Escape Buddy Read
The late Maya Angelou wrote an exceptional memoir on her charismatic, if flawed, mother, Vivian Baxter. The only thing that this slim volume needed to make it perfect was for Dr. Angelou to read it herself. Which she did in this edition. Highly recommended.
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.

Maya Angelou's writing has a way of making you feel cared for. It's like a warm hug on a cold winter day. Mom & Me & Mom was such a great read! I breezed by it very quickly and found myself tearing up at the most unexpected things. I don't
Susan (aka Just My Op)
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
Apr 03, 2013 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 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
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.
I read this for a book club at the library. It wasn’t really organized in any certain way, I don’t think. It was more like she put experiences in the order she felt them or maybe in some order of significance to her. She showed the bad ones and the good ones. The message was positive and I understood what she was getting at. All in all it was a very positive book. I have read some poetry by Maya before but this was more endearing because it’s something I could identify with. Parts of it made me ...more
Lisa M.
Apr 07, 2013 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, ...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.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I dived into this book thinking it would give me some insight on racial discrimination but I was pleasantly surprised to find out it was mostly about Maya and her mother , Vivian's , relationship .

I truly like Maya and her determination but Vivian , in my opinion , was the highlight of this book . She was independent , strong -minded , and most of all , she was indestructible and I loved her . I do admit it was hard to like her at first ( because if I'm going to be honest , she had many
Jul 18, 2013 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 ...more
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
«This book has been written to examine some of the ways love heals and helps a person to climb impossible heights and rise from immeasurable depths»

Review in English | Reseña en español (abajo)

I'd been meaning to read these memoirs for more than a year and I'm very happy to have finally decided to do so. This is a lovely and touching story where the main protagonist is not that much Maya Angelou as her mother, Vivian Baxter, and the mother-daughter relationship they experienced was tentative
Ying Ying
"Baby, I've been thinking and now I am sure. You are the greatest woman I've ever met." said Vivian Baxter to Maya Angelou
"You've been a hard worker - white, black, Asian and Latino women ship out of the San Francisco port because of you. You have been a shipfitter, a nurse, a real estate broker, and a barber. Many men and - if my memory serves me right - a few women risked their lives to love you. There has never been anyone greater than you" responded Maya at the deathbed of her mom.
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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.” 73 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.” 47 likes
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