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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,582 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: September 2008 ISBN: 9780739370391
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For a world of devoted fans, a much-awaited new volume of absorbing stories and inspirational wisdom from one of our best-loved writers.

Dedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her, Letter to My Daughter reveals Maya Angelou’s path to living well and living a life with meaning. Told in her own inimitable style, this book transcends genres and categories: guidebook, memoir, poetry, and pure delight.

Here in short spellbinding essays are glimpses of the tumultuous life that led Angelou to an exalted place in American letters and taught her lessons in compassion and fortitude: how she was brought up by her indomitable grandmother in segregated Arkansas, taken in at thirteen by her more worldly and less religious mother, and grew to be an awkward, six-foot-tall teenager whose first experience of loveless sex paradoxically left her with her greatest gift, a son.

Whether she is recalling such lost friends as Coretta Scott King and Ossie Davis, extolling honesty, decrying vulgarity, explaining why becoming a Christian is a “lifelong endeavor,” or simply singing the praises of a meal of red rice–Maya Angelou writes from the heart to millions of women she considers her extended family. 

Like the rest of her remarkable work, Letter to My Daughter entertains and teaches; it is a book to cherish, savor, and share.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 2/19/2014

    " This was a very insightful book from an amazing woman of strength. Its not very long, but a lot to ponder. Wish I'd read it slower. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 2/9/2014

    " Fantastic. Just finished this on the plane the other day. I loved the short little vignettes - they all had big messages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 June | 2/4/2014

    " I am an avid fan of Maya Angelou. And though I thought this book was beautifully written, and was an interesting read, I was not in love. It combined being a reflection on her past life and giving advice based on this life. All in all, it was very disjointed, more a series of short stories interspersed with poetry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristine | 2/3/2014

    " A ton of life long lessons "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mecque | 2/2/2014

    " Makes me want to seek out more of her writing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelci | 1/30/2014

    " I was drawn to this book because of the title. I found it at a Used Book Sate that I was working at. I love Maya Angelou as the person she is, but honestly, am not a big poetry fan, I hadn't picked up one of her books before this. I am so glad I did. Beautifully written, wonderful things to quote-I highlighted things even, and I hardly ever do that. You could just read a letter/chapter at a time-you don't have to sit down and read the whole thing at once. This is one you could pick up and read for 5 mins for inspiration. Thank You Maya-for this book, and being you in this world. I will now have to add another of your titles to my list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Traci | 1/27/2014

    " I was going to review this book for carrieanddanielle.com, but I really don't know what interesting thing I can say about it. It's Maya Angelou. It's Maya Angelou sharing what she's learned in her life. It's Maya Angelou being Maya Angelou. It's lovely, but it speaks for itself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/22/2014

    " I heard about this book by going to a book talk at the library. So, I drove over to Waterloo, and checked out the book in both hard back and audio. Unfortunately the library audio copy kept skipping in my vehicle CD player, so I am glad I checked out the book itself. Although Maya Angelou had no daughters born to her, she feels she is a mentor to many. There are 28 short life lessons in this book, she wanted to pass on. It is a very easy read, and I really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mara Capio | 1/16/2014

    " Listened to it on audio. It was read my Maya, herself. It was autobiographical. I didn't know much about her, she has had an amazing life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 11/26/2013

    " A fast and inspiring read that reminds me to make less assumptions, shed pretense, and be more courageous. Maya Angelou's Letter to My Daughter is a beautiful work told in a graceful but powerful voice. A must read for men and women alike. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glenda | 11/13/2013

    " A good book. Very quick read. Nice addition to her other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 9/23/2013

    " It is such a pleasure to read Maya Angelou - I was sorry when the book ended. Great book - really fast read. Finished it on one flight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitchengrrl | 8/22/2013

    " Not bad. Not mind-blowing. Some good quotes that I would like to share with my students. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 *Angela* | 8/14/2013

    " Truly amazing lessons in life from Maya Angelou. This will be one that I come back to often. I can't wait to share it with my daughters! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gen | 8/8/2013

    " I loved this book! Maya Angelou filled this book with some of her personal life stories and lots of knowledge and wisdom. The book was heartfelt and warm. A must read!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 6/26/2013

    " A nice Mother's day gift "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ally | 5/15/2013

    " light. had some good excerpts i used with my girl's class. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zainab | 1/23/2013

    " Light reading, simple messages about accepting & forgiving yourself & being the best person you can be regardless of race or religion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Lutz | 1/13/2013

    " I'm only about 50 pages in, but finding it hard to put down. In the first seven chapters, I've cried for her, disagreed with her, laughed out loud, solemnly swarn to uphold her beliefs as I raise my daughter and renewed my confidence as a mother and a woman. Every mother and woman should read this! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 11/28/2012

    " Beautifully written and easy to read. Reading it was like snuggling up in a warm blanket. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 9/30/2012

    " This is a collection of short little essays reflecting on life lessons and experiences. It's interesting to gain insight into Maya Angelou's thought processes and to think about the simple but profound commentary that she makes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 9/29/2012

    " Very easy to read and you can pick up at your leisure!-great for a busy woman! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Malika | 7/16/2012

    " Pretty good. Has some very wise bits, but as a longtime reader of Angelou's autobiographical pieces, many of these stories have already been told. If you are new to her writings, you will likely enjoy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 1/2/2012

    " Countless words of wisdom!,, "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 knitnutt | 7/28/2011

    " A lovely collection of Angelou's short stories and wonderfully told wisdom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 5/22/2011

    " I enjoyed reading this book. It goes quickly and gives little snapshots into Maya Angelou's life. I appreciated some of her life lessons and perspectives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanette | 5/22/2011

    " This book contains many small chapters, eaach one sharing a ersonal experience or idea. They are thought provoking, revealing the thoughts & experiences of a black American woman, well educaged, and one who has traveled all over the world and the United States. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittan | 5/16/2011

    " Maya Angelou is a very inspiring women! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kwesi | 5/8/2011

    " As the quote from the Baltimore Sun on the cover page of the paperback editions says, "It's a book to give one's daughter, mother, son or father..." I purchased it for my own 24 year old daughter and am awaiting her reaction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Libby | 5/4/2011

    " Inspiring and empowering. So much of what Maya Angelou says will stick with you forever. "

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

    " This is a must read! Each essay contains a powerful message...some I could already relate to and others to prepare me for the future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tonya | 4/12/2011

    " I just did not get into this book. I think I was wanting an actual story. Some good drama. While some of Maya Angelou's life stories are definitely interesting, I found her writing style to be a bit drab. It was a quick read however. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/7/2011

    " Overall excellent book, though more memoir and less lessons at many points in the book.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Travis | 3/30/2011

    " Maya Angelou is one of the most inspiring poets I have ever read. I have enjoyed all her works. This is another great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 3/26/2011

    " "Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mecque | 2/26/2011

    " Makes me want to seek out more of her writing


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reyhaneh | 2/18/2011

    " invigorates the soul. warms the heart. peace of mind. simply put, amazing. "

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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.