Mom & Me & Mom

  • by Maya Angelou
  • Narrated by Maya Angelou
  • 4 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The story of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple best-selling 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.


What the Critics Say

"Angelou is one of the geniuses of Afro-American serial autobiography." ( The New York Times)
"To say that Angelou is a living legend is in no way an exaggeration. [She is] one of the great voices of contemporary literature." ( The Voice)
"Maya Angelou regards the world and herself with intelligence and wit; she records the events of her life with style and grace." ( The Washington Post Book World)


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wonderful inspiring autobiography

I felt truly uplifted, listening to Maya read her own words, I had just finished listening to "I know why the caged bird sings" there was some overlap of event and detail, but mostly in this bio Maya takes the perspective of how her mothers flawed but strong and admirable will and spirit guided her through life. It is evident that Maya's mother has had a great deal to do with her success. I was left feeling anything is possible as a woman when I heard Maya recount some of her mothers words.
I highly recommend this as a must read/listen for any woman..particularly those like me who have two daughters.
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- emma

Breathtakingly beautiful

I listened to the wise and beautiful words of maya angelou and now I am better because of it.
There are so many lessons in her stories.
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- Ellie Thompson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-04-2013
  • Publisher: Random House Audio