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Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now Paperback – October 1, 1994
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As someone who has read Angelou's book-length autobiographical narratives and poetry collections, I was fascinated to see her writing in a different mode. In "Wouldn't Take Nothing" she reflects on some of the people of her life: her son, her grandmother, her voice teacher, and others. Her musings on spirituality have an inclusive, multi-faith flavor.
Some of Angelou's observations may seem a bit obvious. For example, in the opening mini-essay she declares, "Being a woman is hard work." But what may obvious to some may be a revelation to others, and Angelou doesn't shy away from reaching out to that second group. And throughout the book her writing is graced with moments of wit and passion.
In the essay entitled "Power of the Word," Angelou writes, "I'm a spring leaf trembling in anticipation." I have no doubt that this appealing collection will leave readers trembling with anticipation for Maya Angelou's next book.
Mama would call for Maya, saying, "Sister, come over here." When the "whiner" came in, Mama would ask them "How are you doing?" and the whiner would launch into a lengthy complaint about the weather and work and other things.
After this whiner left the store, Mama would turn to Maya and say "Sister, nobody likes to listen to someone who whines and complains..." and she'd tell Maya that there were lots of people - black and white, rich and poor - who went to bed last night and never woke up this morning, who'd give almost anything to have one more day of work or one more day in the summer's heat.
And the summation - "Sister, if you don't like something, change it. And if you can't change it, change the way you think about it."
This is a powerful book/audio tape. And it is narrated by Maya Angelou, which makes it even more of a treasure.
I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve the way they think about life.
I love Maya Angelou.
I recommend this book highly for the reader beyond gratuitous sex and violence.
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A short collection of concise mediation, possessing much wisdom and inspiration. What I appreciated most about this volume is that I could see this respected figure as a developing... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Anonymous
This is and will probably always be one of my most favorite books. The wit and wisdom shared within can be applied to everyday living. Read morePublished 25 days ago by P. Murphy
I bought this along with several others for aide as inspiration, as I read, I laughed and many times meditated and applied these words of wisdom into my personal everyday life.Published 6 months ago by beautilious