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A story of abandonment, healing, reconciliation, enduring love, and global politics. This is Maya Angelou’s deepest personal relationship, the one with her Mother, Vivian Baxter, and how it evolved and raised her up.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER – A moving memoir about the legendary author’s relationship with her own mother.
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The story of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple bestselling 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.
Praise for Mom & Me & Mom
Mom & Me & Mom is delivered with Angelou’s trademark good humor and fierce optimism. If any resentments linger between these lines, if lives are partially revealed without all the bitter details exposed, well, that is part of Angelou’s forgiving design. As an account of reconciliation, this little book is just revealing enough, and pretty irresistible.”The Washington Post
“Moving . . . a remarkable portrait of two courageous souls.”People

“[The] latest, and most potent, of her serial autobiographies . . . [a] tough-minded, tenderhearted addition to Angelou’s spectacular canon.”Elle
“Mesmerizing . . . Angelou has a way with words that can still dazzle us, and with her mother as a subject, Angelou has a near-perfect muse and mystery woman.”Essence

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Maya Angelou and Her MotherAt last, Maya Angelou shares her deepest personal relationship with her mother. Vivian Baxter’s petite size and larger-than-life spirit was absent during most of Maya Angelou’s early years. Her feelings of abandonment, and reconciliation with her mother a decade later, has be untold until now. The shift, the healing, and the evolution that became the love and respect that fostered May Angelou’s rise to global heights is the subject of this Memoir.

Maya Angelou Mom and Me and MomDr. Maya Angelou is a global renaissance woman, and one of the most influential voices of our time. She is a celebrated Poet, Memoirist, Novelist, Educator, Civil Rights Activist, Filmmaker, Historian, Producer, Actress, and Dramatist. She was born on April 4th, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri, then raised in St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas where she absorbed the unshakable faith and values of traditional African-American family, community, and culture.

In 1954 and 1955, she toured Europe with a production of the opera Porgy and Bess. In 1958, she moved to New York, where she joined the Harlem Writers Guild. In 1960, Dr. Angelou moved to Cairo, Egypt where she served as editor of the English language weekly The Arab Observer. During her years Maya Angelou in Porgy and Bess 1954abroad, Dr. Angelou read and studied voraciously, mastering French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and the West African language Fanti.

After Malcolm X’s assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. asked Dr. Angelou to serve as Northern Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. King’s assassination, falling on her birthday in 1968, left her devastated. Dr. Angelou has served on two presidential committees, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000, the Lincoln Medal in 2008, and has received 3 Grammy Awards. Her reading of her poem “On the Pulse of the Morning” at President Clinton’s Inauguration in l993 was broadcast live around the world. She has received over 30 honorary degrees and is Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.

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