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Author: Maya Angelou Narrator: Lynne Thigpen Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 1982 ISBN: 9781436170857
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Gather Together in My Name continues Maya Angelou’s personal story, begun so unforgettably in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The time is the end of World War II and there is a sense of optimism everywhere. Maya Angelou, still in her teens, has given birth to a son. But the next few years are difficult ones as she tries to find a place in the world for herself and her child. She goes from job to job, and from man to man. She tries to return home to Stamps, Arkansas, but discovers she is no longer part of that world. Then Maya’s life takes a dramatic turn, and she faces new challenges and temptations.

In this second volume of her poignant autobiographical series, Maya Angelou powerfully captures the struggles and triumphs of her passionate life with dignity, wisdom, humor, and humanity.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Engrossing and vital, rich and funny and wise…Angelou writes like a song, and like the truth.”  New York Times Book Review
  • “In Gather Together In My Name Maya Angelou continues her stunning autobiography. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, passionate and mellow, she fills the pages with both wisdom and wonder as she brings us along in her struggle and dance through life.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “A heroic and beautiful book.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Rich, engaging…Angelou tells the story of this dauntless, reckless, foolish girl with few flourishes; it doesn’t need them.”

    New Yorker

  • “The book is a gem. It presents a descriptive picture of the texture of the lives and times of many black people in the late forties before the dawn of civil rights. It is so insightful and funny-sad, you catch yourself remembering your own young adulthood.”

    Chicago Tribune

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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.

About the Narrator

Lynne Thigpen (1948–2003), an Earphones Award–winning narrator, was a multitalented actress who performed in community theater and university theater productions while attending the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. During her thirty-year career, she went on to appear in nearly forty movies and numerous television series.