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Reviewed in the United States on August 4, 2015
Maya Angelou is a must-read author. And this book, being accessible and honest for any audience, is an excellent way to introduce yourself to her work.
But that's not why I bought this book over and over. I give this book away, to my friends, to my family, to coworkers. Once I donated a copy to a community center. It's a book meant to be shared, so I buy it and give it away to people who are important to me. It's a book to read when you feel lost in the world, and in times when you're at peace with life.
Angelou shares her past and her hopes for the future. She talks about her most painful moments and moments of incandescent happiness. In these stories and essays, she shares experiences from her life that have shaped her and that she has grown from, experiences she wants to pass on that others might benefit from.
It's like a love letter to the world.

This passage is a good summation of the general theme of this book:
"When I decide to write anything, I get caught up in my insecurity despite the prior accolades. I think, uh, uh, now they will know I am a charlatan that I really cannot write and write really well. I am almost undone, then I pull out a new yellow pad and as I approach the clean page, I think of how blessed I am.
The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas. The challenging days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising. Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow.
Today I am blessed."
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