The Heart of a Woman

The Heart of a Woman

by Maya Angelou
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The Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou has fascinated, moved, and inspired countless readers with the first three volumes of her autobiography, one of the most remarkable personal narratives of our age. Now, in her fourth volume, The Heart of a Woman, her turbulent life breaks wide open with joy as the singer-dancer enters the razzle-dazzle of fabulous New York City. There, at the Harlem Writers Guild, her love for writing blazes anew.

Her compassion and commitment lead her to respond to the fiery times by becoming the northern coordinator of Martin Luther King's history-making quest. A tempestuous, earthy woman, she promises her heart to one man only to have it stolen, virtually on her weding day, by a passionate African freedom fighter.

Filled with unforgettable vignettes of famous characters, from Billie Holiday to Malcolm X, The Heart of a Woman sings with Maya Angelou's eloquent prose — her fondest dreams, deepest disappointments, and her dramatically tender relationship with her rebellious teenage son. Vulnerable, humorous, tough, Maya speaks with an intimate awareness of the heart within all of us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812980325
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/21/2009
Series: Oprah's Book Club Series
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 92,989
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About 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.

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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The Heart of a Woman 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In The Heart of a Woman, Maya Angelou describes her life as her son, Guy, grows into an adult. Her anger is evident as a racist homeowner refuses to let her rent and as Guy is discriminated in his new school because he tells where babies really come from. She meets Billie Holiday and receives advice on life and being famous that she remembers coming from a sick and lonely woman. Her move to New York yields many new opportunities, including working to make blacks and whites more equal. Doing this leads to her second marriage and another move. This time she is in Cairo, Egypt and finds a job on as a assistant editor on a newspaper. This book is inspirational, touching, and absorbing. Her struggles remind us how lucky we are to live in this time where segregation is not allowed and blatant racism is unacceptable by modern society. Every young woman should read her book because its inspirational and gives valuable advice without patronizing.
KSMG More than 1 year ago
The Heart of a Woman is about Angelou when she is in her early 30s. Her life was chaotic as a singer-dancer living in New York City. This is a story about a woman finding herself. Ms. Angelou describes her living conditions, being a mother to a son she must let family keep while she gets her feet on the ground, and a marriage to a man that ends. Ms. Angelou describes her involvement with the Harlem Writer Group. This leads Ms. Angelou to express herself through writing. This book deserves four thumbs up for the way Angelou describes her life. It could be easily read in a couple of days. It would appeal to men and women in different stages of life. Its central themes are the joys and burdens of being a black mother in America as the son she had at 16 finally grows into a man. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the racial problems that the U.S. had and is still having since Martin Luther King and Malcolm X’s time.
MACCD More than 1 year ago
Nice book....&.....<...>
Guest More than 1 year ago
I felt that this is a marvelous Boook, at the bigining when she started wrinting, it wasn't easy for her but she never gave up. she is a caring mother and focused a lot about her son Guy well being. As a Teenager this book tought me a lot , it showed me that if you want something in life you have to go get it because it's not going to come to you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading the fourth book of her biography, I think it is a cruel irony that a lot of the mistreatment, abuse and reproach she has suffered has been at the hands of black men. I was outraged at the scene of the 'palaver' and could not understand how an intelligent and brilliant, American woman agreed to go along with it, but the fact that she gave in to their 'recomendation' baffles my mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book because it was very inspiring. Maya lets us know that we can achieve anything if you put your mind in to it. This book was very inspirational.
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REST IN PEACE MS."ANGEL"OU
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Until I read it all! Grrreeeaaat!!! Ms Lisa, BIG Angelou fan.
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