Gather Together in My Name

Gather Together in My Name

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by Maya Angelou
     
 

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In Gather Together in My Name Maya Angelou continues her stunning autobiography. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, passionate and mellow, she fills the pages with both wisdom and wonder as she brings us along in her struggle and dance through life.

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In Gather Together in My Name Maya Angelou continues her stunning autobiography. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, passionate and mellow, she fills the pages with both wisdom and wonder as she brings us along in her struggle and dance through life.

Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
"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 '40s before the dawn of civil rights."
The New Yorker
"Miss Angelou tells the story of this dauntless, reckless, foolish girl with few flourishes; it doesn't need them."
New Times Book Review
"Maya Angelou's second book about her life as a young black woman in America is engrossing and vital, rich and funny and wise...Maya Angelou writes like a song, and like the truth."
From the Publisher
“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553260663
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1985
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Date of Birth:
April 4, 1928
Place of Birth:
St. Louis, Missouri
Education:
High school in Atlanta and San Francisco

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Gather Together in My Name 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gather Together In My Name is a beautifully written autobiography about Maya Angelou¿s younger years. To be honest, I am not the type of person that likes read, but this book had me hooked and I strongly recommend it to all female teenagers in high school. The book will help others to see a different perspective in life that a young sixteen year old mother faced during her time. I believe that this book also help young women observe how easy it is to simply be used by a man. Gather Together In My Name helps demonstrates what it¿s like to start off with nothing and again end with nothing within a three years period of time. This book will have a strong effect on my life and many others who wish to read it. Throughout the book, Maya writes in a perspective of a sixteen year old youthful mother that journeys in America looking for employment to support her baby son, Guy. While living in San Francisco, she received her first job ever as being a bust girl which she hated very much and decides to quit without even a week into the job. Before her job as being a bust girl she desperately wanted to be a well paid operator but when it was time for the interview a racially prejudiced white lady made her take a test that didn¿t even apply to the job. Maya knew she had past it because it was a test anybody could pass, but the lady basically tells her that the job wasn¿t cut out for her. The second job that Maya receives in San Francisco was given to her by simply lying. While sitting in a Creole café a woman came up to her asking if she can cook Creole and she said ¿Yes, of course, that¿s all I know how to cook.¿ Right then and there Maya was automatically hired on the spot. Maya didn¿t know a thing about Creole but the cooking job paid seventy-five dollars a week with cooking privileges included. So therefore she went to Papa Ford seeking for advice and he explained to her that Creole wasn¿t different from any other food that she makes. ¿Just add garlic, onion, and green pepper then you got yourself Creole food.¿ While Maya looks forward to her cooking career that she loves so much at the Creole café¿ she starts to take interest of a customer that visits on the regular basis, who goes by the name Curly. When Maya first sees Curly waling into the café she describes him as one of God¿s prettiest men. Curly has dark brown skin and a voice that makes Maya jittery she loathed his leaving and couldn¿t bear waiting for his return. Curly is a bit older than Maya (thirty one to be exact) and was very understanding of Maya¿s situation with her having baby when they started dating. Curly feels that Maya¿s babies daddy ought¿ to have his tail beaten for running out on a child and a young mother. With that statement said Maya immediately began to fall in love with him. While in a relationship with Curly Maya begins to feel mature and learns to be pleased with her body because of the pleasure it gave to her from Curly. Maya feels as if Curly is the perfect man for her until he confessed that he had a girlfriend he was soon to marry and that he would also be leaving town with in a couple of days. As a few years pass working from job to job Maya finds herself becoming a prostitute for a man that she thought she had loved. His birth name was Louis David Tolbrook but went by L.D. With this man being old enough to be her father Maya feels that L.D resembles her papa Ford in a way. In the beginning of their relationship L.D seems like a respectful and well established man that knows how to treat a woman right. It turns out that he was nothing but a pimp and a Gambler that owned women all over town. While dating Maya didn¿t recognize his identity of being a pimp when L.D suggested that she should wear school girl clothing and start addressing him with the name ¿Daddy¿. Gather Together in My Name is a powerful autobiography about Maya Angelou¿s young adult life that will have you hooked, and will also help you look at your every day life in a
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gather together in my name is an intriguing book. As memoirs do, this tells the ups and downs of this Rite's life. In the beginning we learn that she's a young seventeen-year-old girl with a son. She has a high school diploma, but can't type or do shorthand. She basically has to fend for her self by getting a job wherever she can to support both her and her baby. She seems to have been very depressed. She did let herself be used by a married man. This is really inspiring, however, because she constantly has to overcome many obstacle's to achieve what she wants. The strength in that is enormous. Most people would have just given up. She even loses her son, which is horrible because that baby is what her life revolves around. She transforms from an awkward teenager into a mature young lady throughout the book. I would recommend this to anyone for many different reasons. The first reason is that this book is fairly easy to read. It really is pretty interesting. It is comparable to a fictional story. There are really great descriptions of characters, and of settings, and even of emotions and attitudes. Secondly, the way that Angelou addresses equal rights is quite prevalent. In fact Angelou seems to address Black on Black and lifestyle prejudices more that any other issue. She makes it clear in chapter twelve that Rite does not think the 'n' word is a term of endearment. Backing up into the previous chapter, Rite meets a lesbian couple and is warned to be careful by a co-worker. To show that she doesn't care, she purposely accepts an invitation to their house for lunch. In conclusion, Rite really comes a long way from the beginning of the book to the end of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maya Angelou reveals her teenage experiences as a young mother in search of who she is as an individual. She goes from place to place in search of belonging. Maya's journey is intriguing because it's not all rainbows, it's real and tells of real world obstacles. Maya was a spunky, Independant, and courageous girl and her stories will pull you in. Maya writes with so much personality that I really got involved in her story as if I was apart of her life. If you want to know about Maya Angelou or just want a good non-fiction read, I would reccomend this book.
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REST IN PEACE MS."ANGEL"OU
tiamallen82 More than 1 year ago
Maya Angelou is intoxicating! She posses the ability to make her words come alive and the inability to not hold back in her writing. She is an inspiration, in the since that she was a small town girl from Arkansas that transformed into one of the most talented Black women in history. She will take you on a journey through her life, that will leave you wanting more! 
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I couldnt put it down she is a brilliant author
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Maya Angelou¿s sequel to, I Know why The caged Bird Sings, tells the story of a young black woman growing up and trying to find her way through life. Gather Together in My Name, is a wonderful story of Maya Angelou¿s life, trials, tribulations, and triumphs. It is a book that all young women should read. This book tells her real life story, not some fairy tale. It is something that we, as women can relate to; Love, lust, money, and all the good and bad things life presents us with. I truly enjoyed this book.