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Book #9: Mom & Me & Mom, by Maya Angelou

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  • Let's meet to discuss the November/December book from Our Shared Shelf: Maya Angelou's Mom & Me & Mom.

    From Emma's announcement of the selection: "Maya Angelou’s final work, published a year before her death, in 2013, when she was 85 years old. It was the first book to focus on her mother, Vivian Baxter, who abandoned Angelou when she was a child and it portrays their complicated relationship.  ...  Vivian Baxter cuts a fiercely unapologetic figure, imperfect but admirable, and we discover not just how she had a hand in Angelou’s evolution as a black woman but also in her feminist perspective, her independence and self-awareness, all of which contributed to her unique way of looking at the world and the way she expressed herself on the page. As a result, this is perhaps the greatest window into what shaped Angelou as a writer and poet and a fitting end to a lifetime of amazing works."

    Sounds like a lot of rich material -- looking forward to reading and discussing!

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  • Polly R.

    My Rotary Club District dinner is the same night; I now won't be able to attend. I'm reading the book, and I know you all will have a good discussion.


  • Emma T C.

    Can't go, this is the first week of my spring semester back at school. But I did read this book (already) and it is fantastic! I am sure the discussion will be good.

    1 · November 30

    • Erica

      Aw, that's a short break -- I thought college usually restarted later in January =\

      Glad to hear you enjoyed it, I'm really looking forward to this one!

      December 1

    • Emma T C.

      Yeah my school only has 3 weeks off of break (but I have friends at other schools with 5 or 6 weeks! I am jealous haha). I wish I had more time off so I could come to this, but enjoy the discussion!

      December 1

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