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Maya Angelou

Dwight Carter

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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All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes

By: Maya Angelou

In 1962 the poet, musician, and performer Maya Angelou claimed another piece of her identity by moving to Ghana, joining a community of "Revolutionist Returnees" inspired by the promise of pan-Africanism. All God's...

Amazing Peace

By: Maya Angelou

In this beautiful, deeply moving poem, Maya Angelou inspires us to embrace the peace and promise of Christmas, so that hope and love can once again light up our holidays and the world. “Angels and Mortals, Believers...

And Still I Rise

By: Maya Angelou

These new poems are powerful, distinctive and as always, full of lifting rhythms of love and remembering.


From the Hardcover edition.



A Song Flung Up to Heaven

By: Maya Angelou

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 Bird Sings.

A Song Flung Up to Heaven...

Celebrations

By: Maya Angelou

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...

Even the Stars Look Lonesome

By: Maya Angelou

I have written of the black American experience, which I know intimately. I am always talking about the human condition in general and about society in particular. What it is like to be human, and American, what...


Gather Together in My Name

By: Maya Angelou

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...

Great Food, All Day Long

By: Maya Angelou

“At one time, I described myself as a cook, a driver, and a writer. I no longer drive, but I do still write and I do still cook. And having reached the delicious age of eighty-one, I realize that I have been feeding other people and eating...

Hallelujah! The Welcome Table

By: Maya Angelou

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...


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

By: Maya Angelou

Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world...

I Shall Not Be Moved

By: Maya Angelou

The best selling author presents a new collection of poems. This new volume of poetry captures the pain and triumph of being black and speaks out about history, heartbreak and love.


From the...


Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie

By: Maya Angelou

Another 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...


Letter to My Daughter

By: Maya Angelou

Dedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her, Letter to My Daughter reveals Maya Angelou’s path to living well and living a life with meaning. Here in short spellbinding essays are glimpses...

Maya's World: Angelina of Italy

By: Maya Angelou
Illustrated by: Lizzy Rockwell

ANGELINA LOVES PIZZA. So much so that when she hears that there is a Leaning Tower of Pisa, and mistakenly thinks it’s made of pizzas, she is so distressed that she must go see it for herself!

Maya's World: Izak of Lapland

By: Maya Angelou
Illustrated by: Lizzy Rockwell

IZAK LOVES REINDEER. Which is good, since he comes from a family of reindeer herders and even has a pet reindeer, named Totti! It is up to Izak to teach his little brother all about responsibility.


Maya's World: Mikale of Hawaii

By: Maya Angelou
Illustrated by: Lizzy Rockwell

MIKALE LIVES IN OAHU—one of the beautiful Hawaiian islands, surrounded by water. He also happens to be afraid of the ocean! Luckily, his uncle and a little pet fish teach Mikale something about having...

Maya's World: Renee Marie of France

By: Maya Angelou
Illustrated by: Lizzy Rockwell

A TALL GIRL who is afraid of heights? When Renée Marie's class takes a trip to the Eiffel Tower, she would much rather stay with her feet on the ground than go up to the top!

Mother

By: Maya Angelou

Poet, writer, performer, teacher, and director Maya Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas, and then moved to San Francisco. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, beginning with I Know Why the Caged Bird...


My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, and Me

By: Maya Angelou
illustrated by: Margaret Courtney-Clarke

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...

Mom & Me & Mom

By: Maya Angelou

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

The story of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple bestselling autobiographies. But now, at last, the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother.
 
For the...



Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well

By: Maya Angelou

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...


Phenomenal Woman

By: Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, the bestselling author of On the Pulse of Morning, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now, and other lavishly praised works, is considered one of America's finest poets. Here, four of her most highly...

Poems

By: Maya Angelou

Tenderly, joyously, sometimes in sadness,  sometimes in pain, Maya Angelou writes from the heart and  celebrates life as only she has discovered it. In  this moving volume...

Shaker, Why Don't You Sing?

By: Maya Angelou

Lyrical and cadent, dramatic and sometimes playful, these poems speak of love, longing, parting; of freedom and shattered dreams; of Saturday-night partying and the smells and sounds of Southern cities....


Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas

By: Maya Angelou

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. Maya struggles to support herself and her son through a series...

Still I Rise

By: Maya Angelou

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...

The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou

By: Maya Angelou

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

This Modern Library edition contains I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Gather Together in My Name, Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas, The Heart of a Woman, All God’s...


The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou

By: Maya Angelou

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.


From the Hardcover...


The Heart of a Woman

By: Maya Angelou

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,...

Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

By: Maya Angelou

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


From the Hardcover edition.



Rainbow in the Cloud

By: Maya Angelou

“Words mean more than what is set down on paper,” Maya Angelou wrote in her groundbreaking memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Indeed, Angelou’s words have traveled the world and transformed lives—inspiring,...

His Day Is Done

By: Maya Angelou

He was a son of Africa who became father to a nation and, for billions of people around the world, a beacon of hope, courage, and perseverance in the face of opposition. Now, acclaimed poet Maya Angelou honors the life and remarkable soul of Nelson...

Amazing Peace

By: Maya Angelou
illustrated by: Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher

Celebrate Christmas with the joyous poetry of the incomparable Maya Angelou. “Angels and Mortals, Believers and Nonbelievers, look heavenward,” she writes, “and speak the word aloud....


Messenger

By: Jeni Stepanek