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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 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: April 2013 ISBN: 9780449808238
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The story of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple bestselling 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Mom & Me & Mom is…an evolving portrait of two women learning to understand and respect one another.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Written with her customary eloquence…the lessons and the love presented here will speak to those try to make their way in the world.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A beautiful tribute to [her mother’s] independent, vibrant, and courageous spirit.”

    Library Journal

  • “A tightly strung, finely tuned memoir about life with her mother.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Angelou’s performance captures the prickly early days when thirteen-year-old Maya first meets her mother. We hear Maya’s growing respect for Vivian’s indomitable spirit as Vivian proves to be Maya’s strongest supporter, encouraging her to go after life with ‘power and determination.’ You won’t want to stop listening to Angelou’s melodic cadences as she tells of a disastrous visit to her father; of being nearly beaten to death; and of her enviable relationship with her tenacious mother. Each character leaps into full-bodied life, and Angelou’s crisp, compressed prose creates unforgettable poetic imagery.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • An NPR Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • A 2013 Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award Nominee
  • A Library Journal Bestseller
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