Book Reviews: Even the Stars Look Lonesome / Letter to My Daughter / Collected Poems of Maya Angelou

Here are two more book reviews from before I started Celtic Knits, both written by Maya Angelou, a fascinating woman and an amazing writer and poet.

Letter to My DaughterLetter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it seemed an ideal time to read Maya Angelou’s Letter to My Daughter. I was intrigued by the notion of a woman who gave birth to one child, a son, writing a letter to her “thousands of daughters,” who are “White, Jewish and Muslim, Asian, Spanish-speaking, Native American and Aleut…. fat and thin, pretty and plan, gay and straight, educated and unlettered,” letters that contain “accounts of growing up, unexpected emergencies, a few poems, some light stories to make you laugh and some to make you meditate.”

I should mention that until this book, I had never read any of Maya Angelou’s writing other than the occasional poem or a quote that had been attributed to her. Now that I have read this, I am in total awe of the woman’s writing, both her skill with words and the life and topics that she chooses to write about.

I cannot recommend this book enough and plan on seeking out more of Maya Angelou’s work as soon as possible.

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Even The Stars Look LonesomeEven The Stars Look Lonesome by Maya Angelou

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My favorite Maya Angelou books are those that contain a mix of poetry and essays on everything and anything under the sun. Even the Stars Look Lonesome is an excellent example of that and I loved it. Some of the essays were funny, some were moving, some were thought-provoking, and all were well written and interesting. My personal favorites were “A Song to Sensuality”, “Mother and Freedom”, and “Even the Stars Look Lonesome Sometimes.”
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Lastly, while I don’t have a formal review of the book, I highly recommend The Collected Poems of Maya Angelou. Maya has such a gift with words and her poems are lovely, thought-provoking and inspiring.

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About Ciarrai

Hi. My name is Kerry but here online I tend to go by the Gaelic version of my name, Ciarrai. I am a woman in my mid-30's who lives on Long Island, NY, with my husband, Rob, several guitars, a Nikon D40, more yarn, beads and books than I care to admit to and a cat who has a million nicknames and quite a few theme songs. I have a B.A. in Psychology and have recently returned to college to pursue a teaching degree so that I can eventually get a job as a High School English teacher. In addition to my major obsessions (Reading, Beading, Knitting, Music and Photography), I also enjoy playing Board Games, going to Renaissance Faires, Museums and Broadway Musicals.
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