New wisdom from America's leading voice of reason.
From the mellifluous voice of a venerable American icon comes her first
original collection of writing to be published in ten years, anecdotal
vignettes drawn from a compelling life and written in Angelou's erudite
prose. Beginning with her childhood, Angelou acknowledges her own
inauguration into daughterhood in "Philanthropy," recalling the first
time her mother called her "my daughter." Angelou becomes a mother
herself at an early age, after a meaningless first sexual experience:
"Nine months later I had a beautiful baby boy. The birth of my son
caused me to develop enough courage to invent my life." Fearlessly
sharing amusing, if somewhat embarrassing, moments in "Senegal," the
mature Angelou is cosmopolitan but still capable of making a mistake:
invited to a dinner party while visiting the African nation, Angelou
becomes irritated that none of the guests will step on a lovely carpet
laid out in the center of the room, so she takes it upon herself to
cross the carpet, only to discover the carpet is a table cloth that had
been laid out in honor of her visit. The wisdom in this slight volume
feels light and familiar, but it's also earnest and offered with warmth.
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