I found this book to be a waste of my time -- except that it reminded me how interesting the author's life is and how well she tells about it in her autobiographical books. I gave this as a gift to a young woman before I read it and now regret that gift. I should have given a nice hardback of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" or another of the earlier books. These short tales from her life do not cohere into one book, and they certainly don't contain the depth of life lesson that I expected (and that I had gotten from her other writings). So despite the beautiful color and the surprisingly positive reviews others have given, I say you should skip this book and read one of her others.