Mom & Me & Mom

Angelou, Maya

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Mom & Me & Mom
In Mom & Me & Mom, Angelou details what brought her mother to send her away and unearths the well of emotions Angelou experienced long afterward as a result.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 1400066115
Characteristics: x, 201 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.
Alternate Title: Mom and me and mom


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Nov 01, 2014
  • dykeslane rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

while I hesitate to comment on the writing of Maya ..I found this book to be disjointed and with no depth. Dissappointed.

Oct 19, 2014
  • DorisWaggoner rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This thin volume adds little to "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," and in some places contradicts it. It's the story of Angelou's life from 3, when her mismatched parents divorced, to 13 and into her teens. Her mother shipped her and her beloved older brother off to live with her ex-husband's mother in Arkansas, leaving Maya with huge abandonment issues. Her grandmother taught her to be proud of her brains, and though she never told her she loved her, the child knew it was true. She mentions in passing a visit to St. Louis during which she was raped, without saying she was staying at the time with her mother. She refused to speak afterward to anyone but her brother. When she was 13, her mother sent for her, which she feared and resented. A few years later, 6' tall, gawky, she offered herself to a boy, and when the one night stand resulted in a pregnancy, her mother supported her. This is a bit less complicated than the picture in her earlier book. Still, her mother comes off as a complex, interesting woman, and they developed, eventually, a warm relationship. Did she really remember, all those years ago, the dialog as she writes it, though?

May 29, 2014
  • dragonknitter rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

a touching story about a woman who tried her best for her children, even when they didn't think so.

May 28, 2014
  • acer rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Another well-written book by the late, great Maya Angelou.

Jul 31, 2013
  • Landesadare rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I am a fan of Maya Angelou but I have concluded that she just mixes and matches different parts of her different books to make up new books. I was looking for the poetry and the motivation in this book but it fell flat for me

Jun 03, 2013
  • neshamah18 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Redundant, if you've read other things by her you've already read this.

May 30, 2013
  • MissEavis rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Pretty good. A little stiff at times, but i enjoyed the story, a good writer can make the simplest story seem exciting...

May 21, 2013

"Poet Maya Angelou recounted her early years in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which describes her time living with her grandmother in Arkansas. In Mom & Me & Mom we learn of Angelou’s reunion at age 13 with her mother, Vivian Baxter, in San Francisco. Though at first Angelou resented her mother for having left her with her grandmother, she gradually began to recognise Baxter's efforts to provide for her daughter and to understand how much she loved her. This “tightly strung, finely tuned” (Kirkus Reviews) account expresses both the complexity and the depth of their relationship while also recounting Angelou’s experiences as a young woman." May 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter


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May 28, 2014
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