March 27, 2013
Mom & Me & Mom
"This is the role of the mother..." ~ p. 113
Just when I thought I knew all there was to know about my beloved Maya Angelou, she shares a personal story for the first time: her relationship with her mother. From her autobiographies, we already know that Maya Angelou, along with her brother Bailey, was sent to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. But the reunion between Maya and Vivian Baxter has never been told...until now.
Mom & Me & Mom is a nonfiction story of respect, blending into lives and the relationship between a mother and daughter. I have an awesome relationship with my own mother, affectionately nicknamed "Chickadee." Reading about Maya Angelou's life with her mother, that she called "Lady," tugged at my heart strings. It helped me understand the woman behind the famous poems and well written autobiographies.
Mom & Me & Mom is a shorter account of her life at less than 200 pages. Nevertheless, the reader is engaged from the prologue to the last word. It may not seem like you're learning something new about Maya Angelou if you've read her bestselling autobiographies and watched interviews. This book was more of an explanatory piece that revealed certain moments spent with her mom and the effect of their relationship. Still worth the read!
If you aren't used to Maya Angelou's writing style, it may seem choppy. She jumps from memory to memory with little to no transition. It can throw your reading off. But if you are like me and have grown to appreciate Maya Angelou's writing, the book will not be hard to follow. She is unafraid to tell the events of her life and the lessons learned. Her autobiographies, in my stannish opinion, are the best example of fine literature.
DISCLAIMER: This book was received directly from the publisher for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. A sincere thanks to the publisher for granting me an advance copy.
"Gluttonous and greedy negatively describe the hearty eater offered the seduction of her favorite food." ~ pg. 58
Title: Mom & Me & Mom
Author: Maya Angelou
Published: April 2013