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: it's part guidebook, part memoir, part poetry - and pure delight. Here in short spellbinding essays are ...
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: it's part guidebook, part memoir, part 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 about compassion and fortitude. Whether she is recalling lost friends such as Coretta Scott King and Ossie Davis, extolling honesty, decrying vulgarity, 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, savour, reread and share.
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Although Maya Angelou never truly disappoints, I was not quite as taken with this book as I have been with the others. I ordered it when she passed, hoping to consider myself among the "daughters" to whom she dedicated the book.
And while there was much in it that I "got" and appreciated, I expected something more, or, at least, different. I suppose that's more "my bad" than hers. Nonetheless, I would recommend it. After all, it's Maya Angelou. Reading anything of hers is a privilege and sort of like sitting down at her kitchen table for a visit.
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