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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (128 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maya Angelou Narrator: Maya Angelou Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2006 ISBN: 9780739342503
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Grace, dignity, and eloquence have long been hallmarks of Maya Angelou’s poetry. Her measured verses have stirred our souls, energized our minds, and healed our hearts. Whether offering hope in the darkest of nights or expressing sincere joy at the extraordinariness of the everyday, Maya Angelou has served as our common voice. 

Celebrations is a collection of timely and timeless poems that are an integral part of the global fabric. Several works have become nearly as iconic as Angelou herself: the inspiring “On the Pulse of Morning,” read at President William Jefferson Clinton’s 1993 inauguration; the heartening “Amazing Peace,” presented at the 2005 lighting of the National Christmas Tree at the White House; “A Brave and Startling Truth,” which marked the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations; and “Mother,” which beautifully honors the first woman in our lives. Angelou writes of celebrations public and private, a bar mitzvah wish to her nephew, a birthday greeting to Oprah Winfrey, and a memorial tribute to the late Luther Vandross and Barry White.

More than a writer, Angelou is a chronicler of history, an advocate for peace, and a champion for the planet, as well as a patriot, a mentor, and a friend. To be shared and cherished, the wisdom and poetry of Maya Angelou proves there is always cause for celebration.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenis Redmond | 11/25/2013

    " This book affirms how some poets move in the world -- as Quincy Troupe says "as a healing agent and not a disease." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marita | 7/19/2013

    " Not my usual thing to read, but poetry is at times very powerful. Very nice to listen to these poems. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 5/27/2013

    " Enjoyed these poems and especially hearing her read them "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 3/4/2013

    " What can I say....Maya Angelou is one of my favorite writers, especially of contemporary poetry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krissi | 8/28/2012

    " Very moving prayers. Included things from her point of view. A short read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 5/14/2012

    " Not a big poetry fan, but there's no denying that Maya Angelou is a powerful writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tam | 2/16/2012

    " LOVED this book of poetry. She writes with a rhythm that reminds you of your breathing - in and out. Paced and comfortable - like it was born from her very essence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb Bailey | 10/10/2011

    " An lovely short book of potery! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 7/19/2011

    " A moving short collection of poetry, accesible even to people like me who hardly ever read poetry, emotive, hope and thought inspiring with a clear message. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorraine | 5/30/2011

    " Some of her best work! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krissi | 4/5/2011

    " Very moving prayers. Included things from her point of view. A short read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tam | 10/22/2010

    " LOVED this book of poetry. She writes with a rhythm that reminds you of your breathing - in and out. Paced and comfortable - like it was born from her very essence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 10/2/2010

    " Enjoyed these poems and especially hearing her read them "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/7/2010

    " A moving short collection of poetry, accesible even to people like me who hardly ever read poetry, emotive, hope and thought inspiring with a clear message. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fatima | 8/28/2009

    " Like her letter to "Oprah"

    Like "Letter to my Daughter" much better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 6/15/2009

    " What can I say....Maya Angelou is one of my favorite writers, especially of contemporary poetry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole DC | 4/13/2009

    " Not a big poetry fan, but there's no denying that Maya Angelou is a powerful writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 4/29/2008

    " An lovely short book of potery! "

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About the Author
Author Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou (1928–2014) was a singer, actress, dancer, activist, filmmaker, writer, and mother. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies she wrote several volumes of poetry, including “On the Pulse of the Morning” for the inauguration of President Clinton. She was given a lifetime appointment as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, and in 2010 President Barack Obama awarded her the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.