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Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

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by Maya Angelou

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Wisdom from a remarkable woman of many talents—a writer who captured America's heart on Inauguration Day.


Wisdom from a remarkable woman of many talents—a writer who captured America's heart on Inauguration Day.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Angelou ( I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings ) is leery of people who give up too easily, whiners, complainers, men seeking an ``earth mother'' and vulgar entertainers. In this collection of short essays, many only two to three pages in length, she discusses the value of charity and her faith in God. She rages with eloquence at the deaths of loved ones, and shares her thoughts on discovering an authentic personal style, the insidious effects of racism, and pregnancy as an experience to be shared by a woman and her mate. Angelou includes reminiscences of her childhood in Stamps, Ark., on being a single mother and on dancing in a professional duo with Alvin Ailey. These quietly inspirational pieces convey her sense of life as an ongoing adventure. (Oct.)
Library Journal
In this small gem of a book, Angelou, the popular poet and novelist ( All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes , LJ 3/15/86, among others), shares her thoughts about humankind: how to respect others of different cultures, opinions, and values as taught by universal philosophies. Annie Johnson in ``New Directions'' and Aunt Tee in ``Living Well, Living Good'' are just some of the characters Angelou uses throughout to illustrate with precision and color the respect and perseverance she values. The narratives are carefully constructed with exhilarating assurance as the reader makes the transformative journey from what she is to what she must finally be. Angelou's prose is brisk, fluid, and entrancing. This work will provide a taste of wisdom to all who read it. Highly recommended.-- Gayle S. Leach-Bethea, Maryland House of Corrections, Jessup
School Library Journal
YA-Morality, manners, friendships, and love are a sampling of the subjects covered by renowned playwright and poet. Students will contemplate the art of the essay as well as the wisdom of the woman in these pithy, candid pieces that are taken from her own experiences. Funny, sad, or poignant, they all make a plea for tolerance and understanding. Angelou's command of the English language is exceeded only by her love of humanity.-Jackie Gropman, Kings Park Library, Burke, VA

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Gardners Books
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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

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

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Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
jacobforman57 More than 1 year ago
Wouldn't take nothing for my journey now by Maya Angelou is a perfect book that is extremely inspirational. In this book Maya talks about basically anything that a woman could go through. She uses past experiences to connect with the reader on a different level then most readers. This book explains what it means to truly live well. She talks about sprituality and how to incorperate it into your everyday life, how it can shape your life, and the power of spirituality. I beileve this book is great for whoever feels like they might need a little advice or guidance. Maya Angelou in this book hits the nail right on the head she talks about exaclty what you want to hear. the book is inspirational and hits on a personal note. Many people might think Maya is to striaght foward which she is but thats exactly how she gets her points across especially the ones that have the most meaning. If you want to read a great book pick this one up off the shelf, it's not that long but the meaning behind it is extremly moving even for men. So please take this reconmendation into consideration I highly reconmend this book!
Geebaw More than 1 year ago
I love this book and buy it often as a gift (as was this purchase!). The short little essays make the perfect bedtime read...or ideal for taking along on a trip. Maya is one of my heroes and inspirations!
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿Wouldn¿t Take Nothing for my Journey Now,¿ is a collection of poems and short stories, which makes it very difficult to summarize. Each poem addresses a different topic which is why I cannot summarize the book. But, I enjoyed the book very much and the topics which it addressed were interesting. They were stimulating because it made the reader take a look at themselves and their lives and examine their behavior. Mrs. Angelou plays with her words and expresses her thoughts in a unique way. Which, is why I think I find her literature interesting and easy to read. Since, this was the first book I read, I didn¿t know anything about Ms. Angelou. But, by the end of the book I felt like I knew her. By reading the book I got an idea of the topics which were important to her and how she felt about them. Some of the topics give the reader clues as to the kind of environment she grew up in and the life she lived. This book allows the reader to get to know the author and her innermost thoughts (some of which you might not find in her biographies). I truly enjoyed reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book lets you inhale a new life, but at the same time keep you balanced. Words of wisdom walk you though that fine line of where were you then and what are you today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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TheCE More than 1 year ago
Maya Angelou's Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now is an insightful read. It is a great way to get a view into the mind of Maya Angelou. The book contains her inner thoughts on issues such as style: "Style is unique and nontransferable." and complaints: "Whining is not only graceless, but can be deadly." Maya Angelou has distinct views on life based on her family members that she brings up in the book, as well as her upbringing in a town in Arkansas. Based on the life lessons she learns from her strong female relatives give a view into the culture of a strong black women. As insightful as the book is, it can sometimes be incredibly tedious to read. The book sometimes has very tedious parts to read that offer very little view into her culture. The book also offers little advancement at a time. It can also be rather boring. When reading at night I fell asleep often, and I often would take breaks from reading this book to do other activities. I would also sometimes find myself making excuses not to finish reading the book. Despite all the drawbacks, Maya Angelou's Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now is an insightful read for anyone interested in the culture of a black woman.