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Letter to My Daughterby Maya Angelou
Synopses & Reviews
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
The best-selling author of Even the Stars Look Lonesome and Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now brings together personal reminiscences, hard-won wisdom, and inspirational ideas in a new collection of short essays that include "Loving and Living Are Bold Words," "Giving," "Good Living Is Hard Work," and others. 250,000 first printing.
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 Don’t You Sing?
Table of Contents
Home — Philanthropy — Revelations — Giving birth — Accident, coincident, or answered prayer — To tell the truth — Vulgarity — Violence — Mother's long view — Morocco — Porgy and Bess — Bob & Decca — Celia Cruz — Fannie Lou Hamer — Senegal — The eternal silver screen — In self-defense — Mrs. Coretta Scott King — Condolences — In the valley of humility — National spirit — Reclaiming Southern roots — Surviving — Salute to older lovers — Commencement address — Poetry — Mt. Zion — Keep the faith.
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