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For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of themMatthew 18 20This is a continuation of Maya Angelou s autobiography, the first volume of which is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings I read that last year, and was once again cast under the spell of her writing reading this second volume As this begins, it is shortly after the end of WW II, and Maya has her infant son, she is only sixteen years old, and must find a way to create a life for the two of themFor where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of themMatthew 18 20This is a continuation of Maya Angelou s autobiography, the first volume of which is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings I read that last year, and was once again cast under the spell of her writing reading this second volume As this begins, it is shortly after the end of WW II, and Maya has her infant son, she is only sixteen years old, and must find a way to create a life for the two of them At that point in time, illegitimacy would have been a difficult thing for the majority of people to accept, especially in polite society The atmosphere in the country had changed drastically when the men went off to war, but changed evenwhen the men came homeBlack men from the South who had held no toolscomplicated than plows had learned to use lathes and borers and welding guns, and had brought in their quotas of war making machines Women who had only known maid s uniforms and mammy made dresses donned the awkward men s pants and steel helmets, and made the ship fitting sheds hum some buddy Even the children had collected paper, and at the advice of elders who remembered World War I, balled the tin foil from cigarettes and chewing gum into balls as big as your head Oh, it was a time The mood everywhere seemed to take a positive swing, and they all waited for the good times they expected to follow Celebrations, parades, and music reflected the celebratory atmosphere, at least for a whileTheir expanded understanding could never again be accordioned into these narrow confines They were free or at least nearer to freedom than ever before and they would not go back There s so much territory that is covered here that it s hard to believe that this only covers about three years of her life, but it s an important three years, if not always pretty It doesn t have to be, because in reading this you are evenaware of how she, herself, was filled with beauty A sequel to Maya Angelou s autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, this book begins when Marguerite is in her late teens Her beautifully written prose describes the heartwrenching mistakes that she makes in her life decisions, as a result of her risk taking and daring personality.My scale since the speed of my reading is directly proportional to how well I like the book 1 couldn t get through it2 actually got through it but it took months3 read it fairly consistently on the tra A sequel to Maya Angelou s autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, this book begins when Marguerite is in her late teens Her beautifully written prose describes the heartwrenching mistakes that she makes in her life decisions, as a result of her risk taking and daring personality.My scale since the speed of my reading is directly proportional to how well I like the book 1 couldn t get through it2 actually got through it but it took months3 read it fairly consistently on the train took a couple of months 4 felt compelled to read it while on vacation and or took about a month 5 read it before bed every night two weeks or less This is the darkest in Maya Angelou s anthology and one I hadn t read before so I was shocked when she came to the brink of prostitution and actually jumped So many times in the book, particularly when she s nearly enlisted in the Army, I thought I didn t know she was a soldier, and then found out what happened So when it came to her sleazy older boyfriend, saying he needed some help crawling out of a financial mess, I thought she would somehow wake up from the nightmare Even when she was This is the darkest in Maya Angelou s anthology and one I hadn t read before so I was shocked when she came to the brink of prostitution and actually jumped So many times in the book, particularly when she s nearly enlisted in the Army, I thought I didn t know she was a soldier, and then found out what happened So when it came to her sleazy older boyfriend, saying he needed some help crawling out of a financial mess, I thought she would somehow wake up from the nightmare Even when she was naked and facing her first customer, I waited for that moment when she d run downstairs and outside She did not.She describes both running a whorehouse and working as a whore with unflinching directness Although when you think of the Maya Angelou we all know now, it s hard to picture her being duped by the sleazeball characters, it only makes me admire what this woman has built of her life She is so incredibly independent that each of her adventures reads like a racy novel Her life is melodrama Luckily for us she doesn t write it that way.This is the school of hard knocks and Ms Angelou describes it all Her meandering through jobs and men is sometimes so painful that I had to think, She s Maya Angelou She s going to be okay There are passages that leave you thinking, Our poet laureate went through this And wrote about it Her life and writing is a bravura performance I can t think of anyone else in her category.I only gave this one less star because to me, this book felt like part of the greater work that perhaps needed a book in front or behind to make it feel like a complete work Take that with a grain of salt I know all her work and could refer back and forth so perhaps it just felt that way to me because I have the whole picture Like everything she writes, this book is not just a great piece of literature and a wonderful read, it s part of American history that you shouldn t miss, rough patches and all.As usual, through her ups and downs, she is one class act My goodness, I adore this phenomenal woman These autobiographies by Maya Angelou are the best definition of a page turner in my book Gather Together in My Name is volume no 2 of the series and I enjoyed every bit of it Maya Angelou s prose game is ah mazing and I believe it s the poet in her that forces such a beautiful choice of words Aside from the beautiful language, she has this easy charming approach which keeps you hooked and hungry forThis attractive formula always works for m My goodness, I adore this phenomenal woman These autobiographies by Maya Angelou are the best definition of a page turner in my book Gather Together in My Name is volume no 2 of the series and I enjoyed every bit of it Maya Angelou s prose game is ah mazing and I believe it s the poet in her that forces such a beautiful choice of words Aside from the beautiful language, she has this easy charming approach which keeps you hooked and hungry forThis attractive formula always works for me and guarantees my love for a book.The story of her life Never a dull moment It s a roller coaster with all the melodrama she s been through in such a little age It goes on and gets darker Rita that s short for Marguerite is now 17 years old with her baby boy post WWII I ll admit that her history with prostitution shocked me She puts herself out there naked sans sugarcoating to the public eye without being afraid of judgment and without losing her hilarious touch, but that s her style extremely truthful with a pinch of humor She s real, blunt, unapologetic, and that s why I adore her Maya Angelou s Autobiographies 1 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.2 Gather Together in My Name.3 Singin and Swingin and Gettin Merry Like Christmas.4 The Heart of a Woman.5 All God s Children Need Traveling Shoes.6 A Song Flung Up to Heaven I enjoyed thisthan Angelou s first memoir, which won t be a surprise to anyone who knows my tastes, because in this book she s a teenager young adult while in the first she was a child Adults make for active protagonists, while children are passive So I enjoyed the contentand therefore appreciated the writingIt s a short, quick read and kept me engaged, though, as in the first book, events sometimes seem disconnected from each other, and Angelou s tone can be so wry and deta I enjoyed thisthan Angelou s first memoir, which won t be a surprise to anyone who knows my tastes, because in this book she s a teenager young adult while in the first she was a child Adults make for active protagonists, while children are passive So I enjoyed the contentand therefore appreciated the writingIt s a short, quick read and kept me engaged, though, as in the first book, events sometimes seem disconnected from each other, and Angelou s tone can be so wry and detached that it s hard to tell how the events of her life affected her when she does write about her feelings, there s often a sense of amusement behind it I wanted a little , especially since some of the events are so outlandish they re hard to believe a naive teenager stumbles into opening a brothel and pressuring a couple of part time hookers into staffing it Whaaaaat Clearly creative license is being taken hence all that dialogue that moves the story along so quickly and I wonder just how much But regardless, this is an enjoyable book with a strong voice and a fresh perspective I love this woman with all my heart Her writing style, her way of crafting a story, her life This volume was a bit sadder than the previous ones, but what a great read. I read I know why the caged bird sings a long while ago, and Maya Angelou told her remarkable life story This follows on and it s equally well written.In this book she s a teen mum living initially in SFO She finds work as a cook, falls in love and it doesn t work out, and heads for LA before a diversion to San Diego and Oklahoma She takes short term jobs cooking and waitressing to help her raise her son Somewhere in this story she, at 18, runs a brothel The blurb tells you she dabbles in d I read I know why the caged bird sings a long while ago, and Maya Angelou told her remarkable life story This follows on and it s equally well written.In this book she s a teen mum living initially in SFO She finds work as a cook, falls in love and it doesn t work out, and heads for LA before a diversion to San Diego and Oklahoma She takes short term jobs cooking and waitressing to help her raise her son Somewhere in this story she, at 18, runs a brothel The blurb tells you she dabbles in drugs and in Oakland she dabbled in prostitution before her brother brings her to her senses She also falls in love left, right, and centre but all are bad news.The story is again remarkable and very well written If anything shocked me it was her leaving her son with virtual strangers for long periods of time whilst she worked I guess times and communities have changed, at least they have in my experience, and now we don t have mamas who take in people s kids and virtually raise them, with the mother visiting on her day off I liked seeing this reflection back to the past &Free Book ☚ Gather Together in My Name ↯ In Gather Together In My Name Maya Angelou continues her stunning autobiography By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, passionate and mellow, she fills the pages with both wisdom and wonder as she brings us along in her struggle and dance through life a heroic and beautiful book Cleveland Plain Dealer This is the story of a great heroine who knows the meaning of a struggle and never loses her pride or dignity Indeed, her story makes me proud of the human race John Oliver Killens Dr Angelou has a way of beating you up that makes you thankful for getting that ass whupped Gather together in my name the religious overtones guide the reader into a false sense of security before the late, great Dr Angelou drops an anvil on your head This brief little glimpse into the life of a very young woman between the ages of seventeen and twenty this twinkle of an eye to keep up with the religious tone is hell on earth for this young woman A cook, a chef, a pimp, and a prosti Dr Angelou has a way of beating you up that makes you thankful for getting that ass whupped Gather together in my name the religious overtones guide the reader into a false sense of security before the late, great Dr Angelou drops an anvil on your head This brief little glimpse into the life of a very young woman between the ages of seventeen and twenty this twinkle of an eye to keep up with the religious tone is hell on earth for this young woman A cook, a chef, a pimp, and a prostitute She came close to serving her country but the country was too stupidly fearful of an idea to allow her in She was armed solely with her intelligence And she d put up with just about anything, till someone regarded her as a dummy Then a young Dr Angelou, Mother Angelou, the conscience of America hemmed the fools up Hot tempered, sharp as a needle, charming, and a victim of a world that simply wasn t ready for her she persevered and sought what we all do Love Like her others, Gather is an incredible book One that regards her own past not with bitterness, but with grace Dignity Poise And the wherewithal to tell the truth in the midst of it all 3 years of this young woman s life Absolutely incredible As with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, I couldn t put this one down once I started reading This autobiography picks up where I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings ends, with with 17 year old Maya out of work and caring for her son Guy in San Francisco In the two or three years covered by this book, she moves several times, even once back to Stamps, Alabama, and holds an amazing number and variety of jobs She also learns some hard lessons about life and about herself What a lot of courage and det As with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, I couldn t put this one down once I started reading This autobiography picks up where I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings ends, with with 17 year old Maya out of work and caring for her son Guy in San Francisco In the two or three years covered by this book, she moves several times, even once back to Stamps, Alabama, and holds an amazing number and variety of jobs She also learns some hard lessons about life and about herself What a lot of courage and determination she had And I admire her deep loyalty to her family, for whom she was willing to drop everything and help no matter what her circumstances.I learned a lot about post World War II race relations I can see now how the fact that black people gained a measure of equality in the workforce during the war only to be sent back to pre war working conditions after the war ended led to the civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s I must continue this journey and read her third autobiography I m very curious to know how she ended up becoming a writer and poet In fact, at times her prose in this book read like poetry Looking forward to the next one, and highly recommending this one