NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe 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 spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence—a presence absent during much of Angelou’s early life. When her marriage began to crumble, Vivian famously sent three-year-old Maya and her older brother away from their California home to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. The subsequent feelings of abandonment stayed with Angelou for years, but their reunion, a decade later, began a story that has never before been told. In Mom & Me & Mom, Angelou dramatizes her years reconciling with the mother she preferred to simply call “Lady,” revealing the profound moments that shifted the balance of love and respect between them.
Knowing that Maya Angelou has already written one autobiography, I honestly was not expecting much from Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou. I was quite thrilled to be surprised because this book was excellent. Mom & Me & Mom deals primarily with Ms. Angelou’s relationships with her mother and her grandmother. And, in her own words:
“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.”
Just like with her poetry, her writing of these relationships is completely mesmerizing. She speaks her truth of loss, hurt, and a wanting of more with such a high level of honesty that it is no surprise that reconciliation occurred between the parties. Ms. Angelou’s writing is fluid and flawless. It was with the following words from her mother that Maya Angelou decided she could do accomplish anything:
“No, you learned that you have power – power and determination. I love you and I am proud of you. With those two things, you can go anywhere and everywhere.”
I for one am overjoyed that she heard and received these words because otherwise the world would not have known the literary gem known as Maya Angelou.