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Mom and Me and Mom

Mom and Me and Mom

‘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.
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Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General

On Sale: 6th March 2014

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781844089154

Reviews

She was important in so many ways. She launched African American women writing in the United States. She was generous to a fault. She had nineteen talents - used ten. And was a real original. There is no duplicate
Toni Morrison
She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace . . . She will always be the rainbow in my clouds
Oprah Winfrey
The poems and stories she wrote . . . were gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace
President Bill Clinton
A brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman
President Barack Obama
Extraordinary . . . a jaw-dropper of a memoir
Viv Groskop, Red