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Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories with Recipes (2004)
Throughout Maya Angelou’s life, from her childhood in Stamps,
Arkansas, to her world travels as a bestselling writer, good food has
played a central role. Preparing and enjoying homemade meals provides a
sense of purpose and calm, accomplishment and connection. Now in
Hallelujah! The Welcome Table, Angelou shares memories pithy and
poignant–and the recipes that helped to make them both indelible and
Angelou tells us about the time she was expelled from school for being
afraid to speak–and her mother baked a delicious maple cake to brighten
her spirits. She gives us her recipe for short ribs along with a story
about a job she had as a cook at a Creole restaurant (never mind that she
didn’t know how to cook and had no idea what Creole food might entail).
There was the time in London when she attended a wretched dinner party
full of wretched people; but all wasn’t lost–she did experience her
initial taste of a savory onion tart. She recounts her very first night in
her new home in Sonoma, California, when she invited M. F. K. Fisher over
for cassoulet, and the evening Deca Mitford roasted a chicken when she was
beyond tipsy–and created Chicken Drunkard Style. And then there was the
hearty brunch Angelou made for a homesick Southerner, a meal that earned
her both a job offer and a prophetic compliment: “If you can write half as
good as you can cook, you are going to be famous.”
Maya Angelou is renowned in her wide and generous circle of friends as a
marvelous chef. Her kitchen is a social center. From fried meat pies,
chicken livers, and beef Wellington to caramel cake, bread pudding, and
chocolate éclairs, the one hundred-plus recipes included here are all
tried and true, and come from Angelou’s heart and her home. Hallelujah!
The Welcome Table is a stunning collaboration between the two things
Angelou loves best: writing and cooking.
A Song Flung Up to Heaven (2002)
The culmination of a unique achievement in modern
American literature: the six volumes of autobiography that began more than
thirty years ago with the appearance of I Know Why the Caged
A Song Flung Up to Heaven opens as Maya Angelou returns from
Africa to the United States to work with Malcolm X. But first she has to
journey to California to be reunited with her mother and brother. No
sooner does she arrive there than she learns that Malcolm X has been
Devastated, she tries to put her life back together, working on the stage
in local theaters and even conducting a door-to-door survey in Watts. Then
Watts explodes in violence, a riot she describes firsthand.
Subsequently, on a trip to New York, she meets Martin Luther King, Jr.,
who asks her to become his coordinator in the North, and she visits black
churches all over America to help support King’s Poor People’s March.
But once again tragedy strikes. King is assassinated, and this time
Angelou completely withdraws from the world, unable to deal with this
horrible event. Finally, James Baldwin forces her out of isolation and
insists that she accompany him to a dinner party—where the idea for
writing I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is born. In fact, A Song
Flung Up to Heaven ends as Maya Angelou begins to write the first
sentences of Caged Bird.
All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes
The Heart of a Woman (1981) --
Oprah Book Club
In The Heart of a Woman Maya Angelou leaves California with
her son, Guy, to go to New York. There she enters the society and world of
black artists and writers. Not since her childhood has she lived in an
almost black environment, and she is surprised at the obsession her new
friends have with the white world around them. She stays for a while with
John and Grace Killens and begins to read her writing at the Harlem
Writers Guild. She continues to sing, most notably at the Apollo Theatre
in Harlem, but more and more she begins to take part in the struggle of
black Americans for their rightful place in the world. She helps organize
a benefit cabaret for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and
then is appointed Martin Luther Kings Northern Coordinator.
Shortly after that, through her friend Abbey Lincoln, she takes one of the
lead parts in Genet's The Blacks (it was a remarkable cast, including
Godfrey Cambridge, Roscoe Lee Brown, James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson,
Raymond St. Jacques, and Lou Gossett), and even writes music for the
In the meantime her personal life has taken a tempestuous turn. She has
left the New York bail bondsman she was intending to marry and has fallen
in love with a South African freedom fighter named Vusumzi Make, who
sweeps her off her feet and eventually takes her to London and then to
Cairo, where, as her marriage begins to break up, she becomes the first
female editor of the English-language magazine.
The Heart of a Woman is filled with unforgettable vignettes of
famous people, from Billie Holiday to Malcolm X, but perhaps most
important is the story of Maya Angelou's relationship with her son.
Because this book chronicles, finally, the joys and the burdens of a black
mother in America and how the son she had cherished so intensely and
worked for so devotedly finally grows to be a man.
Singin' and Swingin' and Getting Merry like Christmas
In this third self-contained volume of her autobiography, which
began with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou moves into the
adult world, and the white world as well, as she marries, enters show
business, and tours Europe and Africa in Porgy and Bess.
As the book opens, Maya, in order to support herself and her young son,
gets a job in a record shop run by a white woman. Suspicious of almost any
kindness shown her, she is particularly confused by the special attentions
of a young white customer. Soon the relationship grows into love and then
marriage, and Maya believes a permanent relationship is finally possible.
But it is not to be, and she is again forced to look for work.
This time she finds a job as a dancer in a sleazy San Francisco bar. Her
remarkable talent, however, soon brings her attention of a different kind,
and before long she is singing in one of the most popular nightclubs on
the coast. From there, she is called to New York to join the cast of Porgy
and Bess, which is just about to begin another tour abroad.
The troupe's joyous and dramatic adventure through Italy, France, Greece,
Yugoslavia, and Egypt becomes the centerpiece of Singin' and Swingin'.
This remarkable portrayal of one of the most exciting and talented casts
ever put together, and of the encounters between these larger-than-life
personalities and audiences who had rarely seen black people before, makes
a hilarious and poignant story. The excitement of the journey -- full of
camaraderie, love affairs, and memorable personalities -- is dampened only
by Maya's nagging guilt that she has once again abandoned the person she
loves most in life, her son.
Back home, and driven close to suicide by her guilt and concern, she takes
her son with her to Hawaii, where she discovers that devotion and love, in
spite of forced absence, have the power to heal and sustain.
As always, Maya Angelou's writing is charged with that remarkable sense of
life and love and unique celebration of the human condition that have won
her such a loyal following.
Gather Together in My Name (1974)
In this incredible second book in a series of
autobiographies, the poet, still in her teens, gives birth to a son, tries
to keep a job, falls in love, dances, falls out of love, chases after her
kidnapped baby, and goes to work in a house of prostitution thinking she
is helping the man she loves.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1970)
This memoir traces Maya Angelou's childhood in a small, rural
community during the 1930s. Filled with images and recollections that
point to the dignity and courage of black men and women,
Angelou paints a sometimes disquieting, but always affecting picture of
the people -- and the times -- that touched her life.
Kofi and His Magic (1996)
With full-color photographs. Now in paperback,
My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, and Me is the enchanting story
of an eight-year-old girl named Thandi, her village, her mischievous
brother, her best friend--a chicken--and the remarkable mural art that is
produced by the Ndebele women. With over seventy photographs of the
reclusive Ndebele women and their breathtaking paintings, My Painted
House, My Friendly Chicken, and Me documents the passing of traditions
from parent to child while introducing young readers to a new culture
through a new friend. Ages 4-8.
My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, and Me (1994) with Margaret
Full color photographs. "Hello, Stranger-Friend"
begins Maya Angelou's story about Thandi, a South African Ndebele girl,
her mischievous brother, her beloved chicken, and the astonishing mural
art produced by the women of her tribe. With never-before-seen
photographs of the very private Ndebele women and their paintings, this
unique book shows the passing of traditions from parent to child and
introduces young readers to a new culture through a new friend. Ages 4-8.
Life Doesn't Frighten Me (1993) by Maya Angelou and
Presents Maya Angelou's poem illustrated by paintings and drawings of
Jean-Michel Basquiat. Features biographies of both the author and artist.
Maya Angelou, one of the best-loved authors of our
time, shares the wisdom of a remarkable life in this best-selling
spiritual classic. This is Maya Angelou talking from the heart, down to
earth and real, but also inspiring. This is a book to treasured, a book
about being in all ways a woman, about living well, about the power of the
word, and about the power do spirituality to move and shape your life.
Passionate, lively, and lyrical, Maya Angelou's latest unforgettable work
offers a gem of truth on every page.
Even the Stars Look Lonesome (1997)
This wise book is the wonderful continuation of the
bestselling Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now.
Even the Stars Look Lonesome is Maya Angelou talking of the things
she cares about most. In her unique, spellbinding way, she re-creates
intimate personal experiences and gives us her wisdom on a wide variety of
subjects. She tells us how a house can both hurt its occupants and heal
them. She talks about Africa. She gives us a profile of Oprah. She
enlightens us about age and sexuality. She confesses to the problems fame
brings and shares with us the indelible lessons she has learned about rage
and violence. And she sings the praises of sensuality.
Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now (1993)
Down In The Delta (1998)
Maya Angelou, director with Al Freeman Jr. and Alfre Woodard
How To Make An American Quilt (1995)
Jocelyn Moorhouse, director with Anne Bancroft and Winona Ryder
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1979)
Fielder Cook, director with Diahann Carroll and Paul Benjamin
Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer (2006)
Grace, dignity, and eloquence have long
been hallmarks of Maya Angelou’s poetry. Her measured verses have stirred
our souls, energized our minds, and healed our hearts. Whether offering
hope in the darkest of nights or expressing sincere joy at the
extraordinariness of the everyday, Maya Angelou has served as our common
Celebrations is a collection of timely and timeless poems that are
an integral part of the global fabric. Several works have become nearly as
iconic as Angelou herself: the inspiring “On the Pulse of Morning,” read
at President William Jefferson Clinton’s 1993 inauguration; the heartening
“Amazing Peace,” presented at the 2005 lighting of the National Christmas
Tree at the White House; “A Brave and Startling Truth,” which marked the
fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations; and “Mother,” which
beautifully honors the first woman in our lives. Angelou writes of
celebrations public and private, a bar mitzvah wish to her nephew, a
birthday greeting to Oprah Winfrey, and a memorial tribute to the late
Luther Vandross and Barry White.
More than a writer, Angelou is a chronicler of history, an advocate for
peace, and a champion for the planet, as well as a patriot, a mentor, and
a friend. To be shared and cherished, the wisdom and poetry of Maya
Angelou proves there is always cause for celebration.
Mother: A Cradle to Hold Me (2006)
Maya Angelou: Poems (1996)
Phenomenal Woman (1995)
Four poems celebrating women.
A Brave and Startling Truth (1995)
First read by Maya Angelou at the 50th anniversary
of the founding of the United Nations, this wise and moving poem will
inspire readers with its memorable message of hope for humanity.
The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou (1994)
For the first time, the complete collection of Maya Angelou's published
poems-including "On the Pulse of Morning"-in a permanent collectible,
handsome hardcover edition.
On the Pulse of Morning (1993)
I Shall Not Be Moved (1990)
In her first book of poetry since Why Don't You Sing? Maya
Angelou, bestselling author of the classic autobiography I Know Why
The Caged Bird Sings, writes with lyric, passionate intensity that
reaches out to touch the heart and mind. This memorable collection of
poems exhibits Maya Angelou's unique gift for capturing the triumph and
pain of being black and every man and woman's struggle to be
free. Filled with bittersweet intimacies and ferocious courage, these
poems are gems--many-faceted, bright with wisdom, radiant with life.
Now Sheba Sings the Song (1987)
Angelou pays a meditative homage to black women in her lyrical poem,
beautifully illustrated by the Caldecott Honor artist.
Don't You Sing?(1983)
And Still I Rise (1978)
In this inspiring poem, Maya Angelou celebrates the
courage of the human spirit over the harshest of obstacles. An ode to the
power that resides in us all to overcome the most difficult circumstances,
this poem is truly an inspiration and affirmation of the faith that
restores and nourishes the soul. Entwined with the vivid paintings of
Diego Rivera, the renowned Mexican artist, Angelou's words paint a
portrait of the amazing human spirit, its quiet dignity, and pools of
strength and courage.
An ideal gift for a friend, lover, or family member, this special edition
will be treasured by all who receive it.
Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well (1975)
This collection of thirty-six poems is, once again, eloquent evidence of
Maya Angelou's continuing celebration of life: Here are poems of love and
memory; poems of racial confrontation; songs of the street and songs from
Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie (1971)
A remarkable collection of poetry from one of America's masters of
the medium. The first part gathers together poems of love and nostalgic
memory, while Part II portrays confrontations inherent in a racist
A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer
Selections from the “Until the Violence Stops” Festival
Featuring writings by Abiola Abrams,
Alice Walker , Anna Deavere Smith, Ariel Dorfman, Betty Gale Tyson,
Carol Gilligan, Carol Michèle Kaplan, Christine House, Dave Eggers,
Deena Metzger, Diana Son, Edward Albee, Edwidge Danticat, Elizabeth
Lesser, Erin Cressida Wilson, Eve Ensler, Hanan al-Shaykh, Howard Zinn,
James Lecesne, Jane Fonda, Jody
Williams, Jyllian Gunther, Kate
Clinton, Kathy Engel, Kathy Najimy, Kimberle Crenshaw, Lynn Nottage,
Marie Howe, Mark Matousek, Maya Angelou,
Michael Eric Dyson,
Moises Kaufman, Mollie
Doyle, Monica Szlekovics, Nicholas Kristof, Nicole Burdette, Patricia
Bosworth, Periel Aschenbrand, Robert Thurman, Robin Morgan, Sharmeen
Obaid-Chinoy, Sharon Olds, Slavenka Drakulic, Suheir Hammad, Susan
Miller, Susan Minot, Tariq Ali, and Winter Miller.
This groundbreaking collection, edited by author and playwright Eve
Ensler, features pieces from “Until the Violence Stops,” the
international tour that brings the issue of violence against women and
girls to the forefront of our consciousness. These diverse voices rise
up in a collective roar to break open, expose, and examine the
insidiousness of brutality, neglect, a punch, or a put-down. Here is
Edward Albee on S&M; Maya Angelou on women’s work; Michael Cunningham on
self-mutilation; Dave Eggers on a Sudanese abduction; Carol
Gilligan on a daughter witnessing her mother being hit; Susan Miller on
raising a son as a single mother; and Sharon Olds on a bra.
These writings are inspired, funny, angry, heartfelt, tragic, and
beautiful. But above all, together they create a true and profound
portrait of this issue’s effect on every one of us. With information on
how to organize an “Until the Violence Stops” event in your community, A
Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer is a call to the world to
demand an end to violence against women.
The Rough Road Home: Stories by North Carolina Writers (1992), Robert Gingher, ed.
With works by Alice Adams,
Allan Gurganus, Clyde
Edgerton, Daphne Athas, Donald Secreast, Doris Betts, Elizabeth Cox,
Elizabeth Spencer, Fred Chappell, Jill McCorkle,
Kaye Gibbons, Lee Smith,Lee Zacharias, Linda Beatrice Brown, Louis D. Rubin, Jr., Max
Steele, Maya Angelou,
Reynolds Price, Robert Morgan, and Tim McLaurin.
Maya Angelou (2005) by Corinne J. Naden and Rose Blue
It does not seem possible that one person can do so many
things. She is a poet and author. She is a playwright. She is an actress,
producer, and director. She is a singer and dancer, a teacher and speaker.
She is a civil rights activist. She is a mother and grandmother. But most
of all, she is a survivor. She has survived abuse and racism. She has
survived poverty and sadness. She is Maya Angelou, one of the great voices
of American literature.
Maya Angelou (2003) by Patricia Kirkpatrick with John
Bestselling author and poetess Maya Angelou’s profoundly moving personal
story is revealed in these, the first four volumes of her continuing
Meet Maya Angelou (2003) by Valerie Spain
Maya Angelou spent her childhood moving between two homes.
She was often lonely, and when she was abused by her mother’s boyfriend,
sensitive Maya felt guilty and more alone than ever. But with time and a
new friend, Maya began to share her thoughts and feelings with other
people. Poet, playwright, actress, singer, and civil rights activist, Maya
Angelou is a role model for women, African Americans, and all Americans. A
sensitive yet accessible approach to difficult subjects as well as an
introduction to a great figure in our recent history, this book is sure to
motivate discussion. Ages 9-12.
Maya Angelou (2002) by Harold Bloom
Maya Angelou has been called a national institution and the people's poet.
It has been suggested that she has manifested an indomitable spirit and
benign will in her most famous book, I Know Why the Caged Sings. Along
with this autobiographical work, Angelou's The Heart of a Woman is
critiqued in this text, which includes Rachel Thomas' essay on the prose
and poetry of the author. An extensive biography of Angelou follows
Professor Harold Bloom's introduction.
Memoirs of the Spirit: American Religious Autobiography from Jonathan Edwards to Maya Angelou (2001) by Edwin S. Gaustad
Maya Angelou: Author and Documentary Filmmaker (2000) by Lucia Raatma
way of life.
Sisters of the Extreme: Women Writing on the Drug Experience, Including Charlotte Bronte, Louisa May
Alcott, Anais Nin, Maya Angelou, Billie Holiday, Nina Hagen, Carrie Fisher, and
Cynthia Palmer and Michael Horowitz, eds.
An anthology of writings by some of the most
influential women in history on the often misunderstood and
misrepresented female drug experience.
With great honesty, bravery, and frankness, women from diverse
backgrounds write about their drug experiences.
Women have been experimenting with drugs since prehistoric times, and
yet published accounts of their views on the drug experience have been
relegated to either antiseptic sociological studies or sensationalized
stories splashed across the tabloids. The media has given us an
enduring, but inaccurate, stereotype of a female drug user: passive,
addicted, exploited, degraded, promiscuous. But the selections in this
anthology--penned by such famous names as Billie Holiday,
Anais Nin, Maya
Angelou, and Carrie Fisher -- show us that the real experiences
of women are anything but stereotypical.
Sisters of the Extreme provides us with writings by women from
diverse occupations and backgrounds, from prostitute to physician, who
through their use of drugs dared cross the boundaries set by
society--often doing so with the hope of expanding themselves and their
vision of the world. Whether with LSD,
cocaine, heroin, MDMA, or
these women have sought to reach, through their experimentation, other
levels of consciousness. Sometimes their quests have brought unexpected
rewards, other times great suffering and misfortune. But wherever their
trips have left them, these women have lived courageously--if sometimes
dangerously--and written about their journeys eloquently.
Maya Angelou (1999) by L. Patricia Kite;
A biography of the multi-faceted African-American woman,
Maya Angelou, tracing her life from her childhood in the segregated South to
her prominence as a well-known writer.
Maya Angelou (1999) by Judith E. Harper
Examines the life and accomplishments of the
African-American writer, performer, and teacher, as well as her impact on
literature and black culture. Ages 9-12.
Southern Selves: From Mark Twain and Eudora Welty to Maya Angelou and Kaye Gibbons
-- A Collection
of Autobiographical Writing (1998) by James Watkins
In this marvelous anthology thirty-one of the
South's finest writers -- from Mark Twain and
Maya Angelou to
Kaye Gibbons and
Reynolds Price, to
Eudora Welty and
Richard Wright -- make their
intensely personal contributions to a vibrant collective picture of
In the hands of these superb artists, the South's rich tradition of
storytelling is brilliantly revealed. Whether slave or master,
intellectual or "redneck," each voice in this moving and unforgettable
collection is proof that southern literature richly deserves its
reputation for irreverent humor, exquisite language, a feeling for place,
and an undying, often heartbreaking sense of the past.
Maya Angelou: Journey of the Heart (1996) by Jayne Pettit
Traces the journey of this Afro-American woman from childhood through her
life as an entertainer, civil rights activist, writer, poet, and
university professor. Ages 9-12.
Great African Americans in Literature (1995) by Pat Rediger (Author)
Alex Haley, Alice Walker, Ernest J. Gaines,
John H. Johnson, Maya Angelou, Mildred
Taylor, Naomi Sims,
Ralph Abernathy, Thurgood Marshall, and more. Ages 9-12.
Order Out of Chaos: The Autobiographical Works of Maya Angelou (1990)
by Dolly A. McPherson
With fascinating insights into Maya Angelou's life and creativity, and a
shrewd examination of her techniques and recurring themes, Dolly McPherson
provides us with a fresh and unusual picture of the celebrated author and
her methods. She remarks, too, on Angelou's exceptional ear, her recording
of the precise, vivid word and phrase, and on the warmth and humor in her
autobiographical writing. The book closes with an interview between these
two great friends -- a marvelous epilogue to this portrait of an immensely
gifted, greatly admired woman.
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