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Gather Together in My Name Paperback – April 21, 2009
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What I know of Maya Angelou is that she is a celebrated author who has written volumes of poetry and autobiography and that she seems to be a friend and favorite guest of Oprah Winfrey. The woman she is now, from all that I can tell, is a beautiful soul. What I didn't know was the experiences of her life and how she came to be the woman she is. These series of autobiographies tell of Angelou's life and the reality far surpasses anything I could have imagined.
In this volume alone Maya worked as a dancer, a cook (multiple times), a Madam, a waitress, and briefly as a prostitute. The power comes in the how, the why, and in the telling of the story of these jobs and in Maya's raising of her son and interactions with her family, co-workers, false friends, and with men.
Each volume of Maya Angelou's autobiography is fairly slim (this one was 181 pages), but the life she has lived is so fascinating that I would highly recommend reading it (any of them). It will not take up much of your time, but it shows the life of a young woman growing up and living a life uncommon.
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Maya Angelou is an amazing author who has the ability to make you feel that you've landed right in the middle of the story.Published 1 month ago by L
I loved this book, it just continues from where I know why the caged bird sings leaves off.Published 1 month ago by Moni
I like to read about Maya Angelo and her experiences growing up and how she made such a name for herself in the world. Very readable and interesting.Published 2 months ago by Art Hurst
Her writings seem to come from her heart and experience (honesty)
A good read.
The candor with which Maya Angelou writes about even the least savory of times is beautiful. She simply writes what we can learn from.Published 3 months ago by Scarlett Peterson
Maya is a realist who rolls with the punches and grows into a solid woman who can survive well CudosPublished 4 months ago by Carroll J.
What can I say? I love Maya! She writes with intention and complete honestyPublished 6 months ago by Weith