Letter to My Daughter

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Random House Publishing Group, 23 wrz 2008 - 192
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Maya Angelou shares her path to living well and with meaning in this absorbing book of personal essays.
 
Dedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her, Letter to My Daughter 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 gave birth to one child, a son, but I have thousands of daughters. You are Black and White, Jewish and Muslim, Asian, Spanish speaking, Native Americans and Aleut. You are fat and thin and pretty and plain, gay and straight, educated and unlettered, and I am speaking to you all. Here is my offering to you.”—from Letter to My Daughter
 

Spis treści

Home
5
Philanthropy
11
Revelations
17
Giving Birth
23
Accident Coincident or Answered Prayer
29
To Tell the Truth
37
Vulgarity
41
Violence
45
In SelfDefense
101
Mrs Coretta Scott King
107
19
109
Condolences
111
In the Valley of Humility
115
National Spirit
125
Reclaiming Southern Roots
129
Surviving
135

Mothers Long View
51
ΙΟ Morocco
57
Porgy and Bess
63
12
69
Bob Decca
71
Celia Cruz
79
Senegal
89
The Eternal Silver Screen
95
Salute to Older Lovers
141
25
143
Commencement Address
145
Poetry
153
27
159
Mt Zion
161
Keep the Faith
165
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Maya Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and The Heart of a Woman, she wrote numerous volumes of poetry, among them Phenomenal Woman, And Still I Rise, On the Pulse of Morning, and Mother. Maya Angelou died in 2014.

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