Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Memoirs & Coffee Book Group

The next meeting of Bernardsville Public Library’s book discussion group, Memoirs and Coffee, will be held on Tuesday, May 27 at 10:30 am in the library’s Community Room. Pat Kennedy-Grant, Readers’ Services Manager for the library, will lead the discussion of New York Times bestseller, “Mom & Me & Mom” (2013), by Maya Angelou. [The author will not be present.] 

The story of Ms. Angelou’s extraordinary life has been chronicled in her bestselling autobiographies. But in this book, the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother and the years she spent reconciling with her. Here, Angelou explores the healing and love that evolved between the two women over the course of their lives, a love that fostered the author's rise from immeasurable depths to reach impossible heights.

For the first time, Angelou reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an indomitable spirit who was absent during much of Angelou’s early life. When her marriage began to crumble, Baxter famously sent three-year-old Maya and her older brother away from their California home to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. The subsequent feelings of abandonment stayed with Angelou for years, but their reunion, a decade later, began a story that has never been told before this book. 

A poet, writer, performer, teacher, and director, Maya Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas and then moved to San Francisco. In addition to her groundbreaking autobiographies, beginning with "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," she has also written two cookbooks, five poetry collections, including "I Shall Not Be Moved," three books of essays, including "Letter to My Daughter," and six long-form poems, including “Mother” and “On the Pulse of Morning,” read at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton.

There is no charge to attend, and no registration is needed to join the discussion. Call the library at 766-0118 for more information.

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