The Heart of a Woman (Oprah's Book Club) Hardcover – May 17, 1997
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Shortly after that, through her friend Abbey Lincoln, she takes one of the lead parts in Genet's The Blacks (it was a remarkable cast, including Godfrey Cambridge, Roscoe Lee Brown, James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson, Raymond St. Jacques, and Lou Gossett), and even writes music for the production.
In the meantime her personal life has taken a tempestuous turn. She has left the New York bail bondsman she was intending to marry and has fallen in love with a South African freedom fighter named Vusumzi Make, who sweeps her off her feet and eventually takes her to London and then to Cairo, where, as her marriage begins to break up, she becomes the first female editor of the English-language magazine.
The Heart of a Woman is filled with unforgettable vignettes of famous people, from Billie Holiday to Malcolm X, but perhaps most important is the story of Maya Angelou's relationship with her son. Because this book chronicles, finally, the joys and the burdens of a black mother in America and how the son she had cherished so intensely and worked for so devotedly finally grows to be a man.
- Lexile measure : 870L
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0375500723
- ISBN-13 : 978-0375500725
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 1 x 8.55 inches
- Publisher : Random House; 1st edition (May 17, 1997)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #113,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr Angelou means a great deal to me, and when I saw an offer to get a book autographed by her for $35.00, I thought it absolutely was too good to be true!!
It was. Signature is a pre-printed facsimile. I am undecided about returning this deceitful and terrible disappointment or keeping it, as a hardcover copy these days likely would cost ~$35.00 anyway.
I would recommend this book.
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On Goodreads it said that Maya speaks with an intimate awareness of the heart within us all and I don’t think I could say it any better. The writing is truly phenomenal and humorous at parts and I can’t wait to pick up the next one. I’m such a advocate for this whole series and would recommend everyone to read them all! I’ve definitely added Maya Angelou to my list of inspirational women and I can’t wait to learn more about her life in the next instalment.
Book four of a seven book autobiography made me wonder how one person could fit so much into their life. Maya's answer is clear - by following her heart.
It's sensuously written, full of excitement and sometimes reads like a who's who of American politics and entertainment. Maya seems to have met everyone - from Martin Luther King and Malcolm X to Billie Holliday and Sidney Poitier. Wow, this woman knew how to live, and by reading these volumes we get to live vicariously.