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Offering To YouThis Is A Lovely Series to ouThis is a lovely series Maya Angelou s essays dedicated to all women of the world She shares some of her most touching life stories divulges words of wisdom and muses on those topics which stand as the most relevant and meaningful to her I love her style and her humor she was undoubtedly one classy woman who despised vulgarity and encouraged humility and simplicity She was forward thinking self possessed and conveyed an attitude of hopefulness and positivity Gosh I know I could use an extra dose "Of Some Of These Sentiments From Time To Time This "some of these sentiments from time to time This the kind of book one should keep by the bedside grab it on a bad day and open up to a favorite passage for a bit of healing I don t own this book but that is exactly what I would like to do once I get my hands on my own copy It s a uick read but also one that can be savored over a period of days as each snippet offers a distinct little lesson in life The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas The challenging days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising Stormy or sunny days glorious or lonely nights I maintain an attitude of gratitude If I insist on being pessimistic there is always tomorrow 2020 non fiction book 2 out 12 Letter To My Daughter is a short collection of essays by Maya Angelou Dedicated to all her daughters arou Wisdom imparted garnered from a lifetime of pain and joy essays written to the daughters of the world she had none of her own Simply beautiful I read this book for the Diversity in All Forms book club If ou would like to participate in the discussion here is the link 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 delightHere 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 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 sonIf ou haven t read one of Maya Angelou s bios then don t You don t need to This book I felt was a summary and the best parts of all her other bios combined I really enjoyed the read and how it really got to the point about about her life and her experiences A lot of the information in the book I already knew because I ve read so many of her autobiographies but I still really enjoyed the read. ??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 ou all Here is my offering to ou”–from Letter to My Daughter. But to be moved by this woman s generous spirit I highly recommend listening to this book and I thought the essays were so powerful I will be purchasing a copy to own Angelou s book Letter to My Daughter caught my eye immediately as I was browsing the shelves at Barnes and Noble I picked it up and settled in a comfy chair with my latte and my soon to be good friend Maya I was ready for advice wisdom love and experiences from a woman who has lived many lives than I could ever imagine Not to mention one who puts it so elouentlyIt is a craving of 20somethings to be gently advised "In Life From Those Who "life from those who already gone through the same struggles It is especially important to 20 something women reguardless of whether we admit it or not It is the advice that doesn t tell us how to live but or less how not to that is needed I am not interested in passive people and have the utmost respect for passionate strong womenina non feminist waywhich of course has lead me to Maya Angelou s work Letter to My Daughter "Highlights Experiences In Maya "experiences in Maya s life that have helped shape her They range from topics such as ignorance racism education love faith and upbringing I was drawn in until I realized that a good portion of the chapters were taken from another work of hers Won t Take Nothing for My Journey Now Which I had just finished It wouldnt surprise me if the remaining chapters were taken from other works of her s as well Needless to say I was a little dissapointed I wanted something new and fresh More or less a book directed at women hense the title I can not hold it against Angelou of course I meanshes Maya Angelou perhaps I am just being selfish wanting of her words when she has published so many pieces devoted to women Try to be a rainbow in someone s cloud There is a lot of wisdom in this little book Maya Angelou gives us live lessons of her own to help guide us and make us understand why life is sometimes cruel She also added some beautiful poetry that gives this book a little extra something specialI ve never read any of her work before but after this I m definitely adding I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings to my TBR pile Reading Maya Angelou is like getting a big hug on a bad day She has the most comforting voice and may be the wisest person I can think of I want to be like her when I grow up Favorite uotes Make every effort to change things ou do not like If Falling Through Clouds you cannot make a change change the wayou have been thinking I remind myself it is sufficient to know what I know and that what I know may not always be true I try to be present and accountable for all I do and leave undone 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 American and Aleut You are fat and thin and pretty and plain ga. Her lessons in compassion and fortitude how she was brought up by her indomitable grandmother in segregated Arkansas taken in at thirteen by her 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 sonWhether 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?. .
There s part of me that just wants to hold onto this lovely little gem of a book to just hold onto these words a little longer in the hopes they ll thoroughly permeate my soul There s the other part of me that wants to share her message abounding in beauty grief tenderness joy life lessons overflowing with wisdom faith Most of all her wisdom the knowledge and understanding she shares on life and while this book is a letter to the daughters she never gave birth to she acknowledges "The Bond With These "bond with these of divine creation with the offering of these wordsEighty plus The Art of Acquiring years of trials and life lessons shared only the ones she found to be useful not her solutions knowingou are intelligent and creative and resourceful and will use them as ou see fit In prose that is so uintessentially hers I could hear her distinctive voice saying these words I came to understand that I can never forget where I came from My soul should always look back and wonder at the mountains I had climbed and the rivers I had forged and the challenges which still await down the road I am strengthened by that knowledge Her spirituality is touching without being divisive her view of the world of people worldwideOf all the many things she says shares teaches the words that reached in and grabbed my heart the most was in the chapter Keep the Faith Whenever I began to uestion whether God exists I looked up to the sky and surely there right there between the sun and moon stands my grandmother singing a long meter hymn a song somewhere between a moan and a lullaby and I know faith is the evidence of things unseenHighly recommendedMany thanks to my friend Candi whose review prompted me to read this tiny book overflowing with love and wisdom Candi s review 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 American and Aleut You are fat and thin and pretty and plain gay and straight educated and unlettered and I am speaking to ou Here is my offering to ou So speaks Maya Angelou in the Preface to Letter to My Daughter her third book of essays The book is a slim volume containing twenty eight short pieces which ARE TITLED BY THEME EXAMPLES ARE titled by theme Examples are Vulgarity and Violence which are full of nuggets of wisdom couched in examples from her own experience There are personal memories too such as Mother s Long View Surviving In the Valley of Humility or Mt Zion There are even specific anecdotes ab 45 Stars You may not control all the events that happen to ou but Mr. Fix-It you can decide not to be reduced by themI listened to Maya Angelou with her mesmerizing voice read her inspiring and thought provoking words written for the daughters she never had throughout the world This book is full of wisdom and deep insight andou cannot help. For a world of devoted readers a much awaited new volume of absorbing stories and inspirational wisdom from one of our best loved writersDedicated 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 delightHere in short spellbinding essays are glimpses of the tumultuous life that led Angelou to an exalted place in American letters and taught.