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Even the Stars Look Lonesome Hardcover – August 5, 1997

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The audio version of Even the Stars Look Lonesome, a collection of unabridged essays read by Maya Angelou, plays as if you are spending an evening with the author herself. You'll feel as if, by some stroke of luck, Angelou had settled down for a pleasant chat over dinner and a glass of wine, telling stories about her family and sharing her powerfully stated opinions about the African American experience, sex versus sensuality, and the ins and outs of growing old. Her reading is lively and intelligent, her words at once lyrical and powerful, blurring the line between memoir and poetry. Don't be surprised if you find yourself repeatedly hitting rewind, just to savor again Angelou's wonderful word play and mighty matriarch's voice. (Running Time: 90 minutes) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Angelou examines the mixed blessings of success in one of the 20 brief, anecdotal, and spicily provocative essays in this potent sister volume to her earlier collection, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now (1993). During the 1950s, she tells us, she supported herself and her son as a nightclub singer. Expecting to be the center of attention at a party in her honor, she was peeved to find herself upstaged by a revered sports figure. Remembering her hubris, Angelou reflects on how difficult it is to accept both the rewards and demands of fame with grace, but now--regal, smart, eloquent, and witty--she has mastered that skill and makes good use of her visibility in many ways, including the sharing of these candid and lovingly crafted homilies. Angelou considers marriage, motherhood, aging, African creativity and its influence, black history, and the value of art and solitude. She also sings songs of praise and thanks for sensuality, beauty, and black women, especially her mother and her famous friend, Oprah Winfrey. Donna Seaman
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (August 5, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375500316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375500312
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,244,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
When Maya Angelou was a young woman -- "in the crisp days of my youth," she says -- she carried with her a secret conviction that she wouldn't live past the age of 28. Raped by her mother's boyfriend at 8 and a mother herself since she graduated from high school, she supported herself and her son, Guy, through a series of careers and buoyed by an implacable ambition to escape what might have been a half-lived, ground-down life of poverty and despair. "For it is hateful to be young, bright, ambitious and poor," Angelou observes. "The added insult is to be aware of one's poverty." In "Even the Stars Look Lonesome," a collection of reflective autobiographical essays, Angelou gives no further explanation for her "profound belief" that she would die young.
"I was thirty-six before I realized that I had lived years beyond my deadline and needed to revise my thinking about an early death," she recalls. "With that realization life waxed sweeter. Old acquaintances became friendships, and new clever acquaintances showed themselves more interesting. Old loves burdened with memories of disappointments and betrayals packed up and left town, leaving no forwarding address, and new loves came calling."
Angelou, looking at tailights of her 20's, is the nearest thing America has to a sacred institution, a high priestess of culture and love in the tradition of such distaff luminaries (all of them, hitherto, white) as Isadora Duncan and Pearl S. Buck, with a bit of Eleanor Roosevelt and Aimée Semple MacPherson thrown into the mix.
"She was born poor and powerless in a land where/power is money and money is adored," the poet Angelou writes in tribute to another astonishing black woman of our time, Oprah Winfrey.
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Format: Paperback
"Even The Stars Look Lonesome", by Maya Angelou is a collection of short insights into things that are important to her. It is the second book in a sequence following "Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey Now." Maya Angelou touches down on various subjects like how a house can hurt those who live there but a home can heal it's occupants. She also reveals her knowledge to the reader on sensuality and how everyone has the right to sexuality. My favorite one is her essay on how her thoughts of growing old have changed since she has become old. In her book she shows the downside of having pride in her fame and she also tells of the unforgetable lessons she has learned of violence and anger. There is also a short profile of Oprah and other stories fo being an African-American. "Even The Stars Look Lonesome" is Maya Angelou's book of things that she believes must be learned throught one's lifetime.
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What a Voice! What an inspiration, and great enunciation. The Lady is her usual awesome self in this wise and eloquent sharing of some of her more intimate life experiences. It's impossible to adequately praise Angelou's ability to speak to the heart and soul, whether through her written work or recorded truth. You'll listen to this over and over again, and will be renewed, and renewed. Enjoy!
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Format: Hardcover
The deep and compelling thoughts of life and how to endear every emotion, experience, and disappointment that comes with growing older day by day, were wonderfully displayed in Maya Angelou's Even the Stars Look Lonesome. This book was an intelligent continuation of her best selling book Wouldn't Take Anything from my Journey Now. Taking life one day at a time, and learning from each experience is what this book is all about. The recreating of each memorable happening from love and intimacy to rage and violence, not discounting her remarkable outlook on age, fame, and perhaps the most impotent, the comfort and security you find in a home and a family. The experiences would relate more to elder women looking for advice and insight on common life issues.
In this novel, Maya Angelou has combined a wonderful collection of life experiences that have formed and made her the person she is today. Each chapter reflects an important stepping-stone of her life. The book consists of twenty chapters that are mumbled together and yet stayed in order of the way they took place.
The plot is always changing each chapter is like a different book. Towards the beginning of the novel, love and divorce where the experience of choice and she soon moves in to her times in Africa, and how challenging it is to be an African American Women earning her well deserved respect. Maya Angelou's novel also voices her opinion on age, denial, and anger to an older age group of African American women, using emotionally over powering stories. The chapters are short and moderately easy to get through, if you're good at combing facts and clues to complete the final picture.
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By A Customer on April 17, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Maya Angelou provides insight and humour in her book Even the Stars Look Lonesome. The book is a quick read but deservedly warrants several readings.The prose is simple , yet profound coming from a woman who has lived through life's joys and sorrows. The book is rather poetic; at times, it appears as though one were reading her poetry and not prose. Even the Stars Look Lonesome is a book for all to cherish; she provides insight on the joy of aging, commends Oprah Winfrey on her strengths, talks about events in her life that shaped her and people that influenced her. Overall, a joy to read; a book that entertains, educates and makes life a more pleasant journey.
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