Book Review: Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou
This week the world lost one of its most vibrant and talented writers over the last half century. Maya Angelou passed on Wednesday, and as I went to the library to return some other books that day, I was drawn to their display of Angelou’s works. I have read some of her previous works, but I had not yet read her most recent autobiography, “Mom & Me & Mom.” While her other autobiographies cover specific spans of time, this one was more of a general overview – which was nice to read as a way to get some general insight on the author.
The book centers, not surprisingly, around the relationship Angelou had with her mother. The relationship was not a smooth one from the start. Maya spent her early life – until age 13 – living with her brother at the home of their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. Vivian Baxter, Maya’s mother, was not ready to be a mother yet. However, the summer she turns 13, Maya goes to California to begin building a relationship with her mother (or Lady “B” as Maya calls her). From that moment, Maya begins her education on the way of life from Lady B, and what an education it was. This book is a love letter from Maya to her mother – and to all parents who may have failed but who picked themselves up and became better parents because of it.
Even though the book feels disjointed as it covers Angelou’s entire life in an un-ordered series of events, that truly is the only fault I could really say I found with the book. I enjoyed learning more about what made Maya Angelou the powerful and strong women she was…and that was a powerful and strong mother.
Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou 4/5 stars