Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): For the first t, 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 been told. In Mom & Me & Mom, Angelou dramatises 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 to the heights.

I have given Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou five out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I really enjoyed learning about Maya Angelou’s personal life, whether that be through her good times or bad times, you could tell just how much those events impacted her through her artistry and writing. Maya Angelou’s biggest impact of all was definitely her mother, Vivian Baxter.

Vivian Baxter was a strong, powerful and big character, which I thought Angelou managed to bring all of these qualities to life well through the pages of her autobiography. The relationship shared between Maya and Vivian was very rocky and difficult towards the beginning, which is completely understandable considering Vivian had sent Maya and Bailey away to live with their grandmother when they were younger, but once they meet again their relationship slowly starts to build back up. It’s really nice to see the changes in their relationship start to shine through. Seeing how strong Vivian helped Maya to become on paper was like nothing g I’ve ever read before, it made me feel uplifted and strong in myself just from reading their words.

Despite the timeline of certain parts of their lives being stilted in this book, I thought Angelou’s writing flowed really well. Her writing is simplistic and yet she manages to pull you in right from the beginning and keep your attention and focus on this story throughout.

I was quite shocked to find out some of the details that happened throughout Maya Angelou’s life, some very saddening events that took place. Although I have great respect for this woman, just by reading this autobiography it gave me a whole new level of understanding why I respect her so much.

I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy Maya Angelou’s writing and would like to know more about her personal life as well as her relationship between herself and her mother.

Have you read Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,

Claire 📚

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