08. February 2017 Reviews 0
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. Here in short spellbinding essays are glimpses of the tumultuous life that taught Angelou 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 lost friends such 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.
“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 you all. Here is my offering to you.”
Twenty-eight chapters of the love and truth. Maya shares her history, her knowledge, and her growth. The things that she went through I feel a lot of women go through or know another woman that has gone through it. Maya’s truth is so much more than just stories to me. I found myself relating to many of her circumstances. I’m having a hard time explaining this book without ruining it with spoilers so I will say this. This is a much-needed read for every woman. I give this book 5 out of five stars! You will not be disappointed.
Many of the essays are short but you still walk away from them feeling like you received a full story. If I could choose a favorite essay it would definitely be “National Spirit“. This essay to me seemed to prophesy on the current events. Such as “We must insist the men and women who expect to lead us recognize the true desire of those who are being led. We do not choose to be herded into a building burning with hate nor into a system rife with intolerance.“. I’m not going to get into politics but this left my mouth hanging wide open. Another chapter that caught me was the essay where she explained her love for a certain musician Celia Cruz. Now honestly I never heard of this lady so being the person I am, I looked her up! It is safe to say that I have added her to my Amazon Prime music library. I have no idea what she is singing about half the time but like Maya I intend to learn at least enough Spanish to know what I am jamming to.
In chapter 5 “Accident, Coincident, or Answered Prayer” Maya talks about an incident she has with a lover that seemed to be the perfect guy. She later finds out he is extremely paranoid and physically assaults her and practically leaving her for dead. I believe he had a few mental disabilities that may have clouded his mind but there is more to this essay that I did not spoil. Please read this book it will add to your life.