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Publisher Comments:

For a world of devoted readers, a much-awaited new volume of absorbing stories and inspirational wisdom from one of our best-loved writers.

Dedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her, Letter to My Daughter reveals Maya Angelou's path to living well and living a life with meaning. Told in her own inimitable style, this book transcends genres and categories: guidebook, memoir, poetry, and pure delight.

Here in short spellbinding essays are glimpses of the tumultuous life that led Angelou to an exalted place in American letters and taught her lessons in compassion and fortitude: how she was brought up by her indomitable grandmother in segregated Arkansas, taken in at thirteen by her more worldly and less religious mother, and grew to be an awkward, six-foot-tall teenager whose first experience of loveless sex paradoxically left her with her greatest gift, a son.

Whether she is recalling such lost friends as Coretta Scott King and Ossie Davis, extolling honesty, decrying vulgarity, explaining why becoming a Christian is a "lifelong endeavor," or simply singing the praises of a meal of red rice, Maya Angelou writes from the heart to millions of women she considers her extended family.

Like the rest of her remarkable work, Letter to My Daughter entertains and teaches; it is a book to cherish, savor, re-read, and share.

"I gave birth to one child, a son, but I have thousands of daughters. You are Black and White, Jewish and Muslim, Asian, Spanish speaking, Native Americans and Aleut. You are fat and thin and pretty and plain, gay and straight, educated and unlettered, and I am speaking to you all. Here is my offering to you." — from Letter to My Daughter

Review:

"From the mellifluous voice of a venerable American icon comes her first original collection of writing to be published in ten years, anecdotal vignettes drawn from a compelling life and written in Angelou's erudite prose. Beginning with her childhood, Angelou acknowledges her own inauguration into daughterhood in 'Philanthropy,' recalling the first time her mother called her 'my daughter.' Angelou becomes a mother herself at an early age, after a meaningless first sexual experience: 'Nine months later I had a beautiful baby boy. The birth of my son caused me to develop enough courage to invent my life.' Fearlessly sharing amusing, if somewhat embarrassing, moments in 'Senegal,' the mature Angelou is cosmopolitan but still capable of making a mistake: invited to a dinner party while visiting the African nation, Angelou becomes irritated that none of the guests will step on a lovely carpet laid out in the center of the room, so she takes it upon herself to cross the carpet, only to discover the carpet is a table cloth that had been laid out in honor of her visit. The wisdom in this slight volume feels light and familiar, but it's also earnest and offered with warmth." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Maya Angelou published her blockbuster memoir, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," in 1969, when she was in her early 40s and I was a 17-year-old white Southerner trying my luck in New York City. Catching her on late night television, I fell utterly under her spell. I loved her delighted laugh, the studied cadences of her rich voice, her graciousness — especially to white interviewers who couldn't... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

"Letter to My Daughter" is Angelou's first original collection in 10 years. Combining personal experiences with the distilled knowledge of a lifetime, these short but spellbinding essays take the reader on an inspirational journey that explores ideas from a well-lived life.

Synopsis:

A completely new volume of distilled wisdom from Angelou contains short but spellbinding essays that invite one along on an inspirational journey that explores ideas garnered from a well-lived life.

Synopsis:

One of America's most admired and decorated singers tells her inspiring life story, from theand#160;segregated south to the world's greatest stages.and#160;

Synopsis:

Jessye Norman is not only one of the worldand#8217;s most admired and beloved opera starsand#8212;she is an American icon whose life story is as moving and inspiring as the fictional plot triumphs she sang onstage.

Born and raised in Augusta, Georgia, a descendant of many generations of hardworking slave and free ancestors, she grew up amid the challenges of Jim Crow racism with the civil rights movement just beginning to awaken. Nurtured by a close family and tight-knit community centered on the local church, Jessye sang songs and spirituals constantly, never dreaming that it might lead to a career.and#160;Only when she watched a documentary about the legendary Marian Anderson did she first realize that singing could be a profession. Decades later, after a meteoric rise at the Berlin Opera, a long-delayed debut at the Metropolitan Opera, and forays into spirituals, blues, jazz, and other roots music, she has become one of Americaand#8217;s cultural treasures.and#160;Standand#160;Up Straight and Sing!and#160;is an inspiring womanand#8217;s account of an astonishing life.

About the Author

Poet, writer, performer, teacher, and director, Maya Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas, then moved to San Francisco. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, beginning with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she has also written a cookbook, Hallelujah! The Welcome Table, and five poetry collections, including I Shall Not Be Moved and Shaker, Why Dont You Sing?

Table of Contents

Preludeand#160;and#160;and#160;xi

1.and#160;In the Beginningand#8212;and#8220;Great day!and#8221;and#160;and#160;and#160;1

2.and#160;A Motherand#8217;s Joyand#8212;and#8220;I want two wingsand#8221;and#160;and#160;and#160;15

3.and#160;A Fatherand#8217;s Prideand#8212;and#8220;Evand#8217;ry time I feel the Spiritand#8221;and#160;and#160;and#160;35

4.and#160;Church, Spirituals, and Spiritand#8212;

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; and#8220;There is a balm in Gileadand#8221;and#160;and#160;and#160;57

5.and#160;Racism as It Lives and Breathesand#8212;

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; and#8220;Sometimes I feel like a motherless childand#8221;and#160;and#160;and#160;95

Interlude: Marian Andersonand#8212;

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; and#8220;My Lord, what a morningand#8221;and#160;and#160;and#160;135

6.and#160;Growing Up in Germanyand#8212;and#8220;On my journey, nowand#8221; and#160;and#160;and#160;147

7.and#160;The Singing Craft as Art Formand#8212;and#8220;Oh, Glory!and#8221;and#160;and#160;and#160;180

8.and#160;The Song, the Craft, the Spirit, and the Joy!and#8212;

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; and#8220;The Lordand#8217;s Prayerand#8221;and#160;and#160;and#160;197

9.and#160;Woman, Life, Singerand#8212;and#8220;Ride on, King Jesusand#8221;and#160;and#160;and#160;221

10.and#160;And the Journey Continuesand#8212;

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; and#8220;Heand#8217;s got the whole world in His handand#8221;and#160;and#160;and#160;258

Postludeand#160;and#160;and#160;280

Codaand#160;and#160;and#160;285

Indexand#160;and#160;and#160;289

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xdrolax, December 24, 2008 (view all comments by xdrolax)
I can truly say that this book moved me and I should not be surprised. Maya Angelou is truly a Phenomenal Woman, she is essence and she is truth. May God's Blessing Be Endless, just as the love you give so openly to the world.

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Tawwanda Rolax
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400066124
Author:
Angelou, Maya
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Author:
Norman, Jessye
Subject:
General
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Homes and haunts
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
African American authors
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20140506
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-page b/w insert
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.22 lb

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Product details 336 pages Random House - English 9781400066124 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "From the mellifluous voice of a venerable American icon comes her first original collection of writing to be published in ten years, anecdotal vignettes drawn from a compelling life and written in Angelou's erudite prose. Beginning with her childhood, Angelou acknowledges her own inauguration into daughterhood in 'Philanthropy,' recalling the first time her mother called her 'my daughter.' Angelou becomes a mother herself at an early age, after a meaningless first sexual experience: 'Nine months later I had a beautiful baby boy. The birth of my son caused me to develop enough courage to invent my life.' Fearlessly sharing amusing, if somewhat embarrassing, moments in 'Senegal,' the mature Angelou is cosmopolitan but still capable of making a mistake: invited to a dinner party while visiting the African nation, Angelou becomes irritated that none of the guests will step on a lovely carpet laid out in the center of the room, so she takes it upon herself to cross the carpet, only to discover the carpet is a table cloth that had been laid out in honor of her visit. The wisdom in this slight volume feels light and familiar, but it's also earnest and offered with warmth." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , "Letter to My Daughter" is Angelou's first original collection in 10 years. Combining personal experiences with the distilled knowledge of a lifetime, these short but spellbinding essays take the reader on an inspirational journey that explores ideas from a well-lived life.
"Synopsis" by , A completely new volume of distilled wisdom from Angelou contains short but spellbinding essays that invite one along on an inspirational journey that explores ideas garnered from a well-lived life.
"Synopsis" by , One of America's most admired and decorated singers tells her inspiring life story, from theand#160;segregated south to the world's greatest stages.and#160;
"Synopsis" by ,
Jessye Norman is not only one of the worldand#8217;s most admired and beloved opera starsand#8212;she is an American icon whose life story is as moving and inspiring as the fictional plot triumphs she sang onstage.

Born and raised in Augusta, Georgia, a descendant of many generations of hardworking slave and free ancestors, she grew up amid the challenges of Jim Crow racism with the civil rights movement just beginning to awaken. Nurtured by a close family and tight-knit community centered on the local church, Jessye sang songs and spirituals constantly, never dreaming that it might lead to a career.and#160;Only when she watched a documentary about the legendary Marian Anderson did she first realize that singing could be a profession. Decades later, after a meteoric rise at the Berlin Opera, a long-delayed debut at the Metropolitan Opera, and forays into spirituals, blues, jazz, and other roots music, she has become one of Americaand#8217;s cultural treasures.and#160;Standand#160;Up Straight and Sing!and#160;is an inspiring womanand#8217;s account of an astonishing life.

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