Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Letter To My Daughter by Maya Angelou

Hardback Edition
Maya Angelou has been one of my favorite authors for a few decades now. I haven't read her entire collection of published works, so thought that I would read Letter To My Daughter by Maya Angelou this month.

Letter To My Daughter by Maya Angelou is a really quick book to read... And I mean, a really quick book to read. I was finished reading it in a few hours.

I was disappointed with Letter To My Daughter by Maya Angelou after reading it. It's a collection of short personal essays and some poetry on various topics. Some of the essays in this collection are familiar ones that have already been touched upon in the past by Maya Angelou. Some of the essays I really enjoyed reading. Some of the essays, I didn't like in the least... And still others, didn't resonant with me in the least. This is one book that I could have truly skipped reading altogether and not felt that I was missing out if I hadn't read it.

The following is a book summary for Letter To My Daughter by Maya Angelou from Amazon's website:
For a world of devoted readers, 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, re-read, and share.
I am giving Letter To My Daughter by Maya Angelou a rating of 2 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

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