Letter to My Daughter

Letter to My Daughter

Book - 2008
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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 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
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2008
ISBN: 9781400066124
Branch Call Number: 818 An43L
Characteristics: 166 p.

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loganlib_rachsoly Sep 07, 2017

Maya Angelou's words make the reader feel enveloped in a warm hug! I feel especially that young females should read this book, as it offers truthful and genuine advice from a woman who has been many places and whom visited and spoke with youth during her time. Ms Angelou does not claim to be an expert in any field, yet is undoubtedly wise with her love for humanity, and ability to share experiences from her childhood and current reflections of topics such as Christianity, love, racism, national pride, self respect, grief and friendship. This really is a book that lifts the heart and makes you feel powerful and connected to other women. One to read again and again!

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BridgettM
Feb 23, 2017

Letter to My Daughter is a quick read. Maya Angelou packed a lot of wisdom into the very brief essays in this short book. You're bound to find something here that will enrich your life.

annied_1 May 15, 2016

This is the first time that I have read any of Angelou Maya books. This book was very inspirational and uplifting. I will definitely continue my quest to read all of her books. Looking forward to exploring her greatest in books & poetry.

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 20, 2014

Maya Angelou imparts pearls of wisdom garnered from her full and often tumultuous life in this letter to daughters everywhere. It is a collection of short essays, poems and reflections that you will want to read in one sitting!

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goofy
Apr 02, 2012

A mix of autobiographical stories, poetry, and insights, this book written by Dr. Angelou made me laugh, smile, and most importantly think. It is full of Angelou's wisdom that she has learnt for her life and meant to insipre her daughters, the ones she never had and most likely will never meet.

thart Oct 19, 2011

(Read 5/2009). My mother recently sent me a copy of Maya Angelou's book "Letter to My Daughter." I have been reading it slowly over the last month or so, since it is comprised of little vignettes only a few pages each, I could pick it up and put it down whenever I wanted. Usually after I finish a book that I was given I donate it to the local library; but, I am keeping this one (sorry library, but you have a copy so don't hate me). It is filled with so many treasures that I can access again and again that I am hanging onto this one. There are so many great little inspirational passages, as well as quotation opportunities for graduations, weddings, new mothers, etc. that I know I will appreciate it greatly for future references when occasions arise. This also reminded me of how much I love Maya Angelou's writing and sent me forth in search of some more of her works at my local library (conveniently located right across the street).

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jennturner
Dec 30, 2008

A lovely, quick read. Nothing too preachy and she doesn't bash you over the head with "meaning". Thoroughly enjoyed.

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susankent Nov 27, 2014

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.

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