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The Heart of a Woman by [Maya Angelou]
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"I know that not since the days of my childhood, when people in books were more real than the people one saw every day, have I found myself SO moved."

-- James Baldwin

"Full of laughter and tears, love and hate, failures and triumphs, and above all, understanding."

-- John O. Killens

"Gather Together in My Name

"Gather Together in My Name is part of a select body of literature that includes The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Claude Brown's Manchild in the Promised land, and Ernest J. Gaines's The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. Maya Angelou regards the world and herself with intelligence and wit; she records the events of her life with style and grace."

-- William McPherson, The Washington Post Book World

"Here the 'caged bird' soars, and sings in a voice as rich and funny, passionate and mellow as any writer I know."

-- Shana Alexander

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Oprah Book Club® Selection, May 1997: Maya Angelou has had more lives than the proverbial cat, and in The Heart of a Woman she continues the account of her remarkable life begun in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. In the first book of her bestselling autobiographical series, she describes her traumatic childhood in the small, segregated town of Stamps, Arkansas, during the 1930s. Gather Together in My Name picks up the story in the postwar years, when Maya, a single teenager with an infant son becomes, in short order, a cook, a madam, a dancer, and a prostitute. Next comes Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas, an account of her twenties and her unsuccessful first marriage to a white man. The Heart of a Woman, the fourth in the series, takes us through one of the most exciting and formative periods of Angelou's amazing life: her beginnings as a writer and an activist in New York.

Angelou has a happy knack of attracting the best and the brightest into her orbit, and The Heart of a Woman offers a veritable cornucopia of black luminaries in its pages. Singer Billie Holiday, writers John Ellins and Paule Marshall, jazz musicians Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln, and actors Godfrey Cambridge and James Earl Jones--Maya meets and learns from them all. Political activism soon follows as Ms. Angelou first organizes a theatrical benefit for the Reverend Martin Luther King and then becomes the director of the New York Southern Christian Leadership Conference office. Her involvement in the civil rights movement eventually brings her into contact with African freedom fighters Oliver Tambo and the charming Vusumzi Make, whom she marries and follows to Africa.

The Heart of a Woman is as honest, painful, funny, outraged, and outrageous as Angelou herself. From her debut at the Apollo Theatre to her meeting with Malcolm X, Maya Angelou gives us something to cheer about and plenty to ponder as well. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0026LTND6
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Random House (April 15, 2009)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 15, 2009
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2574 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 353 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Maya Angelou has been waitress, singer, actress, dancer, activist, filmmaker, writer and mother. As well as her autobiography she has written several volumes of poetry, including 'On the Pulse of the Morning' for the inauguration of President Clinton. She now has a life-time appointment as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Empowering, and a great addition to the series
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4.0 out of 5 stars Empowering, and a great addition to the series
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 25, 2020
This is the 4th book in her autobiography series and honestly, I fall in love with her more with each time. Maya Angelou is truly a phenomenal person and I aspire to have her drive and passion in life. In this book she is based in Harlem and joins a writer’s guild. Her compassion and commitment lead her to respond to the fiery times by becoming the northern coordinator of Martin Luther King’s civil rights movement. Her civil rights work leads her to meet Malcolm X, James Baldwin and many others. She promises her hand in marriage to one man, only to be swept off her feet by an African freedom fighter (Vus) who takes her to Egypt. Vus is rather set in his ways (controlling, manipulative and misogynistic) and I never trusted him or liked him. He obviously didn’t understand the concept that if you marry a strong independent woman, she isn’t going to change for you or do what you want. There are two scenes at the end of the book which are jaw dropping and have you either cheering for Maya or wanting to give her a hug.

On Goodreads it said that Maya speaks with an intimate awareness of the heart within us all and I don’t think I could say it any better. The writing is truly phenomenal and humorous at parts and I can’t wait to pick up the next one. I’m such a advocate for this whole series and would recommend everyone to read them all! I’ve definitely added Maya Angelou to my list of inspirational women and I can’t wait to learn more about her life in the next instalment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A full life and a huge hearted woman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary life.
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