In her 85 years of life, Maya Angelou has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, recited her poetry at the inauguration of former President Bill Clinton, angered parents with her depictions of sexuality and violence in her writing, and worked alongside Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. It’s quite an eclectic chain of events, but Maya Angelou has always been an impressive woman to say the very least. She is as well known for her autobiographies, as well as for her poetry, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, being the most prominent example. She has been everything from a pimp and prostitute, to a coordinator for Martin Luther King Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference and a journalist in Egypt and Ghana.
In her latest autobiography Mom & Me & Mom, she tells the story of her relationship with her mother, Vivian Baxter. After her parents divorced, Angelou’s mother sent her and her older brother to live with their grandmother in Arkansas, where Angelou’s feelings of abandonment began. The novel tells the story of their subsequent reunion a decade later.
Essence Magazine says, “Angelou has a way with words that can still dazzle us, and with her mother as a subject, Angelou has a near-perfect muse and mystery woman.” Another great sounding book from one of our best authors!”
By Alex Travis