Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou

Mom & Me & Mom

By Maya Angelou

  • Release Date: 2013-04-02
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 284 Ratings
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Book club pick for Emma Watson’s Our Shared Shelf • A moving memoir about the legendary author’s relationship with her mother

The story of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple bestselling autobiographies. But now, at last, the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother.
For the first time, Angelou reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence—a presence absent during much of Angelou’s early life. When her marriage began to crumble, Vivian famously sent three-year-old Maya and her older brother away from their California home to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. The subsequent feelings of abandonment stayed with Angelou for years, but their reunion, a decade later, began a story that has never before been told. In Mom & Me & Mom, Angelou dramatizes her years reconciling with the mother she preferred to simply call “Lady,” revealing the profound moments that shifted the balance of love and respect between them.
Delving into one of her life’s most rich, rewarding, and fraught relationships, Mom & Me & Mom explores the healing and love that evolved between the two women over the course of their lives, the love that fostered Maya Angelou’s rise from immeasurable depths to reach impossible heights.

Praise for Mom & Me & Mom
Mom & Me & Mom is delivered with Angelou’s trademark good humor and fierce optimism. If any resentments linger between these lines, if lives are partially revealed without all the bitter details exposed, well, that is part of Angelou’s forgiving design. As an account of reconciliation, this little book is just revealing enough, and pretty irresistible.”—The Washington Post
“Moving . . . a remarkable portrait of two courageous souls.”—People

“[The] latest, and most potent, of her serial autobiographies . . . [a] tough-minded, tenderhearted addition to Angelou’s spectacular canon.”—Elle
“Mesmerizing . . . Angelou has a way with words that can still dazzle us, and with her mother as a subject, Angelou has a near-perfect muse and mystery woman.”—Essence
“True to her style, [Angelou’s] writing cuts to the chase with compression and simplicity, and there in the background is a calypso smoothness, flurries and showers of musicality between the moments of wickedness. . . . A tightly strung, finely tuned memoir about life with her mother.”—Kirkus Reviews
“In this loving recollection of a complicated relationship, Angelou for the first time details the mother-daughter journey to reconciliation and unwavering connection and support. . . . Angelou vividly portrays a spirited woman. . . . [A] remarkable and deeply revealing chronicle of love and healing.”—Booklist
“Written with her customary eloquence . . . follows in the episodic style of Angelou’s earlier volumes of autobiography, pulling the reader along effortlessly. The lessons and the love presented here will speak to those trying to make their way in the world.”—Publishers Weekly

“In straightforward style, Mom & Me & Mom dives deeply into Angelou’s complicated relationship with her mother. . . . At 84, Angelou shows few signs of slowing down.”—BookPage


  • Simply Wonderful.

    By Butter Baby
    There are no words suitable to describe her writing. This book is a treasure. God Bless Her.
  • Love it

    By Illogicchi776
    Great book! Love Maya Angelou so much to be learned from this story
  • A must read

    By Johnique
    Excellent easy read that highlights the struggle of an American legend and the unconditional love and bond of a mother and daughter. This book has allowed me to discover a new found respect for beloved Dr. Maya Angelou. Her willingness to be candid about her life is profound. Her humility to share is priceless. This book will surely bring insight and the true meaning of love to it's readers.
  • Mom, me, Mom

    By Ceareads
    Wonderful! As alive as "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", the reader is there!
  • Absolutely loved it!

    By Astridizzy
    She's an amazing writer and an amazing human being. I absolutely LOVED everything about this book!!
  • Great read!

    By Icuspr05
    What a great and quick read! Wonderfully written, feeds the soul. Thank you Maya Angelou! If you're considering reading this novel just go for it. It's a winner!
  • I couldn't put it down!!

    By Duckee503
    I've had such love, respect & admiration for Ms. Angelou for years & now I have love, respect & admiration for her Mother! 😊
  • Somewhat Disappointing

    By Loopydoopy73
    After reading "I know Why the Caged Bird Sings" I was really looking forward to this book. I thought it would be a further insight into the life she beautifully described in Caged Bird. If I had not read Caged Bird, I don't think I would have any feel for the major people in her life and about whom the book was about. Maya's mother was described through lines of what was to be interpreted as wisdom, which had no real appeal to me, and it left me feeling that there was a distance between Maya and her mother created by an unnerving respect, rather than a Mother/Daughter affection. I also thought it was over priced. I would not recommend this book.
  • Mom and Me & Mom

    By Rhoda03
    Delightful , engaging and typical of the descriptive style of this phenomenal woman!!
  • Absolutely amazing!

    By Makelifeaddup
    I cannot find words to say. This book was precious.