Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas

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Here Maya Angelou, dazzling entertainer, casts the spotlight on her show business career — a pageant of international scope. Maya, the woman, shares her sad, failed marriage to a white man, her early motherhood and achingly sensitive relationship with her young son, and her bone-deep, painful suspicion of the white world that welcomes her talent so dramatically ...
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Washington Star
Honest, funny and heartwarming....The strength of the book is Angelou's lyrical writing...a God-given gift.
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“The buoyant, gifted Maya Angelou continues her autobiography. . . . Both her joy and her despair have twice as much impact as most people’s.”
–New York

“Angelou may be one of the best hunters of the heart, one of the best to explore the insides of folks, black or white, and find what moves them, what makes them real and tangible to themselves and others.”
–The Christian Science Monitor

“Angelou is a sharp observer and commentator on culture. . . . [Her book is] filled with penetrating observations about the people she encounters.”
–Chicago Tribune Book World

“Honest, funny and heartwarming . . . The strength of the book is Angelou’s lyrical writing . . . a God-given gift.”
–The Washington Star

“Angelou is one of the geniuses of the Afro-American serial autobiography.”
–The New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553251999
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1985
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.85 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Maya Angelou
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.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Margeurite Johnson
      Maya Angelou
    2. Hometown:
      Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 4, 1928
    2. Place of Birth:
      St. Louis, Missouri
    1. Education:
      High school in Atlanta and San Francisco

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1. If I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is about self-discovery, and Gather Together in My Name is about self-reliance, what theme would you derive from Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas?

2. What is the significance of the author discarding the nicknames "Ritie", "Sugar", and "Rita"?

3. On her travels around the world and throughout the book, what does Maya learn about prejudice and tolerance?

4. How would you characterize Guy? In what ways are he and his mother alike? How do they differ?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2005

    WOW

    I really like this book it wasn't what I expected I thought I would be sad and deppressing but it wasn't. I was absolutally mesizmerized by it. I highly recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2000

    Outstanding!

    I have read the entire collection of autobiographical books from Maya Angelou and can safely say that this book is as wonderful as her first book, 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.' A must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2014

    R.I.P.

    REST IN PEACE DEAR MS."ANGEL"OU

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