By Maya Angelou
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
The tale of Maya Angelou’s impressive existence has been chronicled in her a number of bestselling autobiographies. yet now, finally, the mythical writer stocks the inner most own tale of her existence: her courting along with her mother.
For the 1st time, Angelou unearths the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an indomitable spirit whose petite dimension belied her larger-than-life presence—a presence absent in the course of a lot of Angelou’s youth. whilst her marriage started to collapse, Vivian famously despatched three-year-old Maya and her older brother clear of their California domestic to stay with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. the next emotions of abandonment stayed with Angelou for years, yet their reunion, a decade later, started a narrative that hasn't ever ahead of been informed. In Mom & Me & Mom, Angelou dramatizes her years reconciling with the mummy she hottest to easily name “Lady,” revealing the profound moments that shifted the stability of affection and recognize among them.
Delving into one among her life’s such a lot wealthy, lucrative, and fraught relationships, Mom & Me & Mom explores the therapeutic and love that developed among the 2 ladies over the process their lives, the affection that fostered Maya Angelou’s upward push from immeasurable depths to arrive most unlikely heights.
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“Mom & Me & Mom is added with Angelou’s trademark sturdy humor and fierce optimism. If any resentments linger among those strains, if lives are partly published with out all of the sour information uncovered, good, that's a part of Angelou’s forgiving layout. As an account of reconciliation, this little e-book is simply revealing adequate, and lovely irresistible.”—The Washington Post
“Moving . . . a remarkable portrait of 2 brave souls.”—People
“[The] most modern, and most effective, of her serial autobiographies . . . [a] tough-minded, tenderhearted addition to Angelou’s unbelievable canon.”—Elle
“Mesmerizing . . . Angelou has a manner with phrases that could nonetheless dazzle us, and along with her mom as a topic, Angelou has a near-perfect muse and secret woman.”—Essence
“True to her type, [Angelou’s] writing cuts to the chase with compression and ease, and there within the history is a calypso smoothness, flurries and showers of musicality among the moments of wickedness. . . . A tightly strung, finely tuned memoir approximately existence together with her mother.”—Kirkus Reviews
“In this loving recollection of a classy dating, Angelou for the 1st time information the mother-daughter trip to reconciliation and unwavering connection and help. . . . Angelou vividly portrays a lively lady. . . . [A] remarkable and deeply revealing chronicle of affection and healing.”—Booklist
“Written along with her usual eloquence . . . follows within the episodic type of Angelou’s previous volumes of autobiography, pulling the reader alongside effortlessly. the teachings and the affection awarded right here will communicate to these attempting to make their manner within the world.”—Publishers Weekly
“In simple type, Mom & Me & Mom dives deeply into Angelou’s advanced courting together with her mom. . . . At eighty four, Angelou indicates few symptoms of slowing down.”—BookPage
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Rubinstein, her medical professional. He had calculated the supply date. My mom known as him, left a message, and took me to the medical institution. after we arrived shall we see nurses throughout the glass within the door. My mom acknowledged, “Now this huge one goes to be very jovial and the toddler goes to be bitter as a lemon. I’ll guess you fifty cents. ” the 2 ladies opened the door and the fats lady stated, “Oh welcome! We’re watching for her. deliver her in right here. ” The infant acknowledged with a bitter voice, “We idea you’d be right here quicker. ” It was once simply as though my mom had recognized them sooner than. She instructed them she used to be a nurse, and advised them the medical institution the place she had labored. She took me into the supply room. The contractions got here quicker however the health care professional didn’t arrive. mom known as one of many nurses and stated that i used to be already shaved, after which she washed me back. My mom obtained up at the supply desk with me and knelt. She placed one in all my legs opposed to her shoulder and took either my fingers. Then she instructed me filthy tales, jokes. She timed the punch strains with the contractions and that i may giggle. She inspired me: “That’s correct, undergo down, endure down. ” I bore down and because the child used to be popping out she acknowledged, “Here he comes, and he has black hair. ” I questioned, What colour hair did you're thinking that he might have? The nurse washed him and my mom stated, “Look at this: we've got an excellent good-looking boy. ok child, it’s o.k. now. you could fall asleep. ” She kissed me and left. My stepdad later advised me she was once so wrung out whilst she bought domestic, she appeared like she had had twins. i assumed approximately my mom and knew she used to be extraordinary. She by no means made me think as though I introduced scandal to the kinfolk. the infant had now not been deliberate and that i must reconsider plans approximately schooling, yet to Vivian Baxter that used to be lifestyles being lifestyles. Having a child whereas i used to be single had now not been improper. It was once easily a bit of inconvenient. i discovered a role while my son was once months previous. I went to mom and informed her, “Mother, i will stream. ” “You are going to depart my apartment? ” She was once stunned that i might go away her fantastic domestic, with all its facilities. I stated, “Yes, i've got came across a role, and a room with cooking privileges down the corridor, and the landlady stands out as the babysitter. ” She checked out me part pityingly and part proud. She stated, “All correct, you pass, yet consider this: in the event you pass my doorstep, you've gotten already been raised. With what you've got discovered out of your Grandmother Henderson in Arkansas and what you will have realized from me, you recognize the adaptation among correct and flawed. Do correct. Don’t enable anyone elevate you from how you were raised. recognize you'll always need to make diversifications, in love relationships, in buddies, in society, in paintings, yet don’t enable anyone switch your brain. after which take note this: you could continually come domestic. ” I walked away and was once again in my bed room sooner than I heard my very own phrases echoing in my brain. I had known as girl “Mother. ” I knew she had spotted yet we by no means ever pointed out the incident. i used to be conscious that once the beginning of my son and the choice to maneuver and get a spot for simply the 2 folks, i presumed of Vivian Baxter as my mom.