June 2, 2014

Maya Angelou

ALL GOD'S CHILDREN NEED TRAVELING SHOES
DB 25432
THE AMERICAN POET, ACTRESS, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST, AND TELEVISION PRODUCER-DIRECTOR RECALLS HER PILGRIMAGE TO GHANA IN THE EARLY 1960S. ANGELOU WENT THERE SO THAT HER SON COULD STUDY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GHANA, TO PUT HIM AND HERSELF IN TOUCH WITH LONG-IMAGINED ANCESTRAL ROOTS. SHE IS SADDENED AND DISILLUSIONED BY THE SUBTLE REJECTION OF NATIVE GHANAIANS. SEQUEL TO 'THE HEART OF A WOMAN.' SOME STRONG LANGUAGE.

I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS
DB 57200
MEMOIR BY WELL-KNOWN AFRICAN AMERICAN POET AND COLLEGE PROFESSOR MAYA ANGELOU. SHE DESCRIBES HER CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENT YEARS IN RURAL ARKANSAS, IN ST. LOUIS, AND IN SAN FRANCISCO, AND THE RACIAL AND GENDER HARDSHIPS SHE ENDURED. 1969.

LETTER TO MY DAUGHTER
DB 67662
AUTHOR OF I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS SHARES LIFE LESSONS IN THE FORM OF REMINISCENCES, POEMS, AND SHORT ESSAYS WITH HER THOUSANDS OF YOUNG DAUGHTERS ALL OVER THE WORLD. IN "SENEGAL" ANGELOU COMMITS A SOCIAL FAUX PAS THAT HER HOSTESS GRACIOUSLY IGNORES. BESTSELLER. 2008.

MOM & ME & MOM
DB 76616
AUTHOR OF I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS (DB 57200) CHRONICLES HER RELATIONSHIP WITH HER MOTHER. DISCUSSES BEING RAISED BY HER GRANDMOTHER FROM AGES THREE TO THIRTEEN AND RECOUNTS HER GROWING ADORATION OF HER MOTHER DURING ANGELOU'S TEEN YEARS. VIOLENCE, STRONG LANGUAGE, AND SOME DESCRIPTIONS OF SEX. BESTSELLER.  2013.

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