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The story of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple best-selling autobiographies. But now, at last, the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother.

For the first time, Angelou reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence - a presence absent during much of Angelou’s early life. 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. In Mom & Me & Mom, Angelou dramatizes her years reconciling with the mother she preferred to simply call "Lady", revealing the profound moments that shifted the balance of love and respect between them.

Delving into one of her life’s most rich, rewarding, and fraught relationships, Mom & Me & Mom explores the healing and love that evolved between the two women over the course of their lives, the love that fostered Maya Angelou’s rise from immeasurable depths to reach impossible heights.

©2013 Maya Angelou (P)2013 Random House Audio

Critiques

"Angelou is one of the geniuses of Afro-American serial autobiography." ( The New York Times)
"To say that Angelou is a living legend is in no way an exaggeration. [She is] one of the great voices of contemporary literature." ( The Voice)
"Maya Angelou regards the world and herself with intelligence and wit; she records the events of her life with style and grace." ( The Washington Post Book World)

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  • SydSavvy
  • 04/02/2014

Never Enough Mom Books

The world will never have enough excellent books about Mom. This is one of them and it needs to be made into a movie! Who knew? I won't tell you the surprises, just leave it to you to read this short little gem. This is for all those imperfect moms out there and their children who will get it right, eventually, because of the bigness of their love. This was food for the soul for me because I have teens right now, and somehow feel I will never get it right again,which is a weird place to be. Now I have renewed hope.

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  • BRANDY
  • 22/04/2013

WONERFUL READ

If you could sum up Mom & Me & Mom in three words, what would they be?

HEART WARMING , FUNNY EMOTIONAL

What did you like best about this story?

THE TRUTH OF IT ALL

What does Maya Angelou bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

REALISM

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Her connection with her Mother at the end.

Any additional comments?

This truly is an awesome books for the ladies that may or may not have close realationships with their mothers. it opens the listners eyes to a world inside Maya Angelous world that you would have never known extisted.

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  • mister_jones
  • 23/11/2016

Inspiring Triumph

a beautiful memoir of an incredible woman's struggle with life, and her relationship with the mother who once abandoned her. I enjoyed listening to every minute.

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  • Dawn Burnside
  • 15/11/2016

I love this book

I love this book is inspires me to be a grater. women, mother, and person

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  • Minx
  • 02/04/2016

I would've loved to have met Vivian Baxter

Deliriously amazing in content. I smiled and cried then smiled again. LOVE heals. xoxoxoxo :-) :-)

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  • grayhair56
  • 24/05/2013

As usual excellent writing.

If you could sum up Mom & Me & Mom in three words, what would they be?

I live for Maya Angelou. Her writing is outstanding, reminds me of the actions of my own mother. I hope to see and hear another book from her.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mom & Me & Mom?

The initial reunion.

Have you listened to any of Maya Angelou’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to all her works and have loved her even when I had to read her books. She is one of the reasons I love reading now.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

I hope she keeps writing.

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  • Kathi
  • 05/04/2013

Mother "Lady's" influence on Angelou's development

Maya Angelou has written another in a series of autobiographical books about her life. In this one, she describes the complicated and unpredictable relationship with her mother, whom she referred to for many years as “Lady.”

In her hallmark terse style of writing, she describes how she and her brother were sent to her paternal grandmother’s in Arkansas for several years, where she found a sense of security, even though recovering from the trauma of childhood rape.

There came a time when she and her brother were unexpectedly sent back to live with their mother—something that young Maya was not prepared for. But, Lady, their mother, seemed determined to find a way for herself and Maya to achieve a close mother-daughter relationship (often in spite of themselves) as they had to get to know, and get used to each other. Lady was determined to show Maya that even though she had not been present in her early life, she would never let her down after that. However, she tended to use unconventional--but often wise--ways of offering that support.

This book explores the journey—often filled with dangerous, unexpected circumstances—through which Maya and her mother learned to find a kind of trust and caring for each other. Lady had had a very involved--even exciting--existence apart from having children, and seemed to have to make room in her life for Maya and her brother. But over time, mother and daughter come to care deeply about each other and form a bond that eventually leads Maya finally to call her “Mother.”

Clearly many of the incidents in this book—often involving danger of various kinds—were influential in shaping Maya Angelou’s subsequent life. Her mother taught her to protect herself, but also to live her life proudly, to the fullest and never doubt herself. This is a very interesting story—one courageously told by one of America’s most beloved and respected writers. Recommend!

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  • Jeannette Meszaros
  • 20/05/2018

Beautiful story about mother daughter love and loyalty!

This is a beautifully written story about the power of the human spirit and how it impacts the relationship between a mother and a daughter. I was shocked by Maya Angelou’s life story and it compelled me to admire her even more. I recommend this book for all mothers and daughters or anyone who desires to better understand the loyalty and dedication that is inherent in the mother/daughter relationship. Hearing Maya tell the story made it so special!

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  • Emmy
  • 10/05/2018

You will not be disappointed

A lovely story of a relationship unfolding and developing between mother and daughter. I longer for stories of younger years before her mother left them and also more of Bailey’s struggle but overall a great read. I love Maya Angelou’s poetic story telling in all of her writing, this is no exception.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24/04/2018

Love Ms. Angelou!!

Maya has been my favorite since high school where her words made my reality something to rise above not fall victim to.

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  • Reem Al-Rabee
  • 11/11/2016

With a mother like that..

With a mother like that, who wouldn't become a Maya Angelou. I choked up. I cried. My heart filled with respect and empathy.. Such a great tribute to a grade-A FEMALE human being. I love Maya and now I can say that I love her mother. RIP Maya and RIP Vivian Baxter ♡