Mom and Me and Mom, Hardback
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'In the first decade of the twentiety century, it was not a good time to be born black, or woman, in America.' So begins this stunning portrait of Vivian Baxter Johnson: the first black woman officer in the Merchant Marines, purveyor of a gambling business and rooming house, and mother to one of our most cherished literary treasures.

Anyone who's read the classic, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, knows Maya Angelou was raised by her paternal grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas.

In Mom & Me & Mom, Angelou details what brought her mother to send her away and unearths the well of emotions Angelou experienced long afterward as a result.

While Angelou's six autobiographies tell of her out in the world, influencing and learning from statesmen and cultural icons, Mom & Me & Mom shares the intimate, emotional story about her own family.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 208 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Autobiography: literary
  • ISBN: 9781844089147



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I read this too quickly. The short snappy style is wonderful to allow Maya Angelou's voice to punch through the page, but is best heard in smaller doses. However it's impossible to put down as you just want more and more.... remarkable people, remarkable times. And such hearts and minds.