Book Review: Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou | Books | Entertainment | overtheroadtruckersdispatch.comMaya Angelou has already published six autobiographies about her early life and career. It portrayed her childhood in the segregated south and explored her relationship with her mother, grandmother and close family members with a narrative flair that warranted all the praise heaped on it. By no means a misery memoir, it was one of the first to talk about child rape, and it spoke to women worldwide. Unfortunately, this is a slight, anecdotal and badly edited book that rehashes stories from previous memoirs. You'd need to read Caged Bird to know that she was living with her mother in St Louis at the time and the rapist was her mother's live-in boyfriend. This is the problem with rewriting previous memories, you run the risk of repetition, omission or inconsistencies. Similarly Angelou claims to have no idea what her father is like until she's a teenager, whereas in Caged Bird she devotes a whole chapter to his three-week visit when she is seven and the big impression he makes on her.
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To the average Sunday Times reader, the casual violence that the black American writer and poet Maya Angelou describes in this memoir of life with her mother is startling. Maya and her brother, two years older, promptly pack their suitcases and threaten to leave, whereupon their mother, Vivian Baxter, spreads a tea cloth on the kitchen floor, drops to…. Get The International Pack for free for your first 30 days for unlimited Smartphone and Tablet access. Already a member? Log in. Already a subscriber or registered access user?
Look Inside. Apr 02, Minutes Buy. Apr 02, ISBN Apr 02, Minutes. But now, at last, the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother. When her marriage began to crumble, Vivian famously sent three-year-old Maya and her older brother away from their California home to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. The subsequent feelings of abandonment stayed with Angelou for years, but their reunion, a decade later, began a story that has never before been told.
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She tells the story of Vivian Baxter Johnson, the first black woman officer in the Merchant Marines, who for the first 13 years of Angelou's life was barely a mother at all. Angelou finds just the right words to explain why her parents' marriage failed: "They were matches and gasoline. When the occasional present arrived from their unknown mother, they smashed it to pieces. However, even having to face memories like these, this inspiring book describes how, against the odds, mother and daughter eventually built an incredible bond. It begins when, aged 13, a reluctant Angelou is sent to live with her mother. She doesn't feel she can call her mom or mother.
See Dr. Maya Angelou on "This Week" Sunday. Copyright c by Maya Angelou. All rights reserved. Louis, Missouri, but Vivian Baxter was born black and poor, to black and poor parents.