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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. From the Hardcover edition.
The producer proclaims this to be the first unabridged recording of Angelou's autobiographical account, and it is long overdue. Her autobiography now encompasses five volumes, with Gather Together in My Name (1974) as the sequel to this monumental life's first chapter, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1970). This second recollection covers the next four years of Maya/Retie's life as a single mother and her struggle for love, respect, and self-worth in post-World War II California and Arkansas. The dangers and conflicts that the adolescent parent often recklessly faces are reflective of both the times and her still unformed creative spirit. Gather breaks new ground in autobiographical form, and Angelou has said that she sees it as a vehicle to revisit the past: to recover through imagination and invention what has been lost. Narrator Lynne Thigpen is dead-on with a strong reading that captures the nuances and rhythms of the author's own voice. Recommended for most collections.‘Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo, N.Y.
"Engrossing and vital, rich and funny and wise . . . Angelou writes like a song, and like the truth." -The New York Times Book Review "A curiously heartening story in which decency, honor, truth, love do exist, imperfectly, fractionally and flickeringly, not in some Platonic realm of the ideal, but in the flawed lives of real men and women." -The Washington Post "The book is a gem. It presents a descriptive picture of the texture of the lives and times of many black people in the late forties before the dawn of civil rights. It is so insightful and funny-sad, you catch yourself remembering your own young adulthood." -Chicago Tribune "Rich, engaging . . . Angelou tells the story of this dauntless, reckless, foolish girl with few flourishes; it doesn't need them." -The New Yorker