The Heart of a Woman (2020)

The Heart of a Woman Maya Angelou The Heart of a Woman In The Heart of a Woman Maya Angelou leaves California with her son Guy to move to New York There she enters the society and world of black artists and writers reads her work at the Harlem Writers
  • Title: The Heart of a Woman
  • Author: Maya Angelou
  • ISBN: 9780812980325
  • Page: 294
  • Format: Paperback
The Heart of a Woman Maya Angelou In The Heart of a Woman, Maya Angelou leaves California with her son, Guy, to move to New York There she enters the society and world of black artists and writers, reads her work at the Harlem Writers Guild, and begins to take part in the struggle of black Americans for their rightful place in the world In the meantime, her personal life takes an unexpected turn She leaIn The Heart of a Woman, Maya Angelou leaves California with her son, Guy, to move to New York There she enters the society and world of black artists and writers, reads her work at the Harlem Writers Guild, and begins to take part in the struggle of black Americans for their rightful place in the world In the meantime, her personal life takes an unexpected turn She leaves the bail bondsman she was intending to marry after falling in love with a South African freedom fighter, travels with him to London and Cairo, where she discovers new opportunities.The Heart of a Woman is filled with unforgettable vignettes of such renowned people as Billie Holiday and Malcom X, but perhaps most importantly chronicles the joys and the burdens of a black mother in America and how the son she has cherished so intensely and worked for so devotedly finally grows to be a man.
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  1. Paul

    4.5 starsThis is the fourth volume of Maya Angelou s autobiography, the title comes from a poem by Georgia Johnson The heart of a woman goes forth with the dawn,As a lone bird, soft winging, so restlessly on,Afar o er life s turrets and vales does it roamIn the wake of those echoes the heart calls home.The heart of a woman falls back with the night,And enters some alien cage in its plight,And tries to forget it has dreamed of the starsWhile it breaks, breaks, breaks on the sheltering bars This v [...]

  2. Eman

    The Heart of a Woman is Maya Angelou s forth autobiography This book reveals of Maya s hectic adventures, political opinions, struggle with racism, and misfortune in the romance department You will be introduced to Maya, the activist, who works for Martin Luther King Jr and gets to meet Malcolm X I like that each chapter is exciting enough to keep me interested.I m not surprised that she was able to keep her writing fresh and crispy with just the right amount of tasteful humor Her son, Guy, is [...]

  3. Chandra

    This book is inspiring and reminds you that no matter what you are going through that it can be overcome Maya Angelou s writing is honest, poetic and REAL I find her style to be full of poetic imagery as is seen in this quote p 52 His features had the immutability of a Benin maskhis teeth like flags of truce His skin the color of rich black dirt along the Arkansas river The following lucid and eloquent quotes remind one to persevere in the face of all things opposing If I ended in defeat, at lea [...]

  4. Ivana Books Are Magic

    What kind of book is this the BEST kind of book, one that is emotionally warm, intellectually stimulating and all that spiced with a touch of wisdom The Heart of a Woman is a memoir by Maya Angelou, so far the only memoir of her that I have read and I understand she has written several of them The events Maya describes in this book take place between 1957 and 1962 and in that sense this book is a continuation of her previous memoirs I didn t mind the fact that this wasn t the first one and I don [...]

  5. Mary-Ellen Lynn

    In The Heart of a Woman Maya Angelou leaves California with her son, Guy, to go to New York, where she enters the world of black artists and writers She begins to share her writing and performs at the Apollo Theater in Harlem but the momentum of the story lies in her part in the struggle of black Americans for freedom she is appointed Martin Luther King s Northern Coordinator She takes a leading role in Genet s The Blacks, with a notable cast including Godfrey Cambridge, Roscoe Lee Brown, James [...]

  6. Tonya

    This is the final book in this series In this book her son is 15 years old The have moved a lot for work on various jobs They move to NYC so she can work on becoming a writer She gets very involved in the civil rights movement, including running SCLC office in NY for Martin Luther King At one point her son s life is threatened by a gang who had killed before She talked about how black boys grow up thinking that they, and therefore, other black youth, had no worth You could feel her fear as a mot [...]

  7. I. Merey

    A slice from some years of Maya Angelou s life.Angelou juggles raising a kid alone, working in showbiz, navigating relationships serendipitously, she falls into black activist work through which she ll meet MLKjr, Malcolm X she ll marry a South African activist and move with him and her son to Cairo become an editor of a weekly newspaper there Angelou s life beats in strong clear waves she was a singer, an artist, a writer, a poet, an actor, an organizer, an activist, a mother How sobering that [...]

  8. Laila

    I really didn t like this book, which surprised me since I remember really liking I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Her life is interesting, no doubt, but I found the book to be trite, unnatural and self indulgent The dialogue and general intereactions between characters was not convincing, which I find disturbing considering that this is not a work of fiction.

  9. Karla Mae

    So many punchlines The thing about reading memoirs is that it allows you to see through the author s narrative Maya Angelou did a remarkable job in making her point understood through vivid encounters, heated conversations, musings, constant reflections, and cultural subtleties Maya is a poet, a writer, a singer, an artist, an activist, and most of all, a mother As a black American woman in Harlem, she learned how to play the game Braving the streets of New York and London, she speaks with renow [...]

  10. Aonarán

    Read this riding my I know why the caged bird sings high What struck me as the most different and the most disappointing part of this book was that it read as a chronology.Really exciting things happening in her life and the world at this time, but didn t have the same story telling charm as caged bird.Like it none the less.

  11. Mallory (The Local Muse)

    This and The Local Muse This is the forth book in Angelou s memoir series and takes place in 1960s Angelou writes about her involvement in the American Civil Rights Movement as well as her time living in South Africa as the wife of a South American Civil Rights leader I love Maya Angelou she s one of my heroes and all time favorite poets I am loving her memoirs she was such an incredible woman I haven t reviewed all of the memoirs I have read so far on the blog, but I have enjoyed each one This [...]

  12. Vorbis

    Ok So where had we got in Maya Angelou s autobiography last time She d gone from dancing in a strip club to singing professionally around America In this book she moves with her son Guy to New York and works for Martin Luther King Jr as a manager Then she gets married to an African freedom fighter who s over petitioning the UN, moves to Egypt, the dude can t manage his finances so she gets a job as an associate editor at a newspaper with no journalistic experience in a country where women don t [...]

  13. Yvette Danielle

    I waited entirely too long to read this book It sat on my to read shelf for too long and I m sad to say it was her passing that made me pick it up and start to read, wanting to feel close to her through her words Now I regret having waited This book is so rich in the History she shares of her accounts of The Harlem Renaissance era, working with Dr King and the Literary Writer s Guild she was part of Not to mention the pearls of wisdom and cherished insights she shares as a woman and mother who h [...]

  14. Lesley

    This is the fourth in the series of autobiographies by Maya Angelou, one time stripper, dancer, singer, actress and letterly American poet laureate I have read the first three and look forward to reading the fifth and final episode Angelou is frank about her mistakes and her successes and how she rose from being a child brought up in the American south during the days when black people and white people lived entirely separate lives In this volume, she has started to find her feet as a writer and [...]

  15. Lynn Wilson

    I literally started and kept reading Angelou is one courageous, outrageous woman And this portion of her autobiography covers the late 50 s and early 60 s, a tumultuous time in this country with a great deal of similarity to the unrest we re currently living through, though the presenting issues seem different I m not so sure they are, and the characters and mindsets seem the same to me For anyone who s interested in a creative life lived at full throttle, and or who has questions about what it [...]

  16. Joanna

    Absolutely gripping, fabulously written, heartbreakingly honest This book grabbed me by the throat and held on Angelou lived in interesting times and writes about both personal and societal turmoil She makes her experiences accessible and does not flinch from the difficulties that she faced and overcame Cameo appearances by famous people felt like a cool scene in a movie rather than mere name dropping Watch for James Earl Jones, James Baldwin, plus meetings with Martin Luther King, Jr and Malcol [...]

  17. Kate Kaput

    This was my first book by the indomitable Miss Angelou, but it won t be my last She was incredible, with writing to rival her personality This memoir focuses primarily on the time of her life when she was in a relationship with a South African civil rights activist who tried to mold her into the perfect African rather than African American wife Her spirit, work ethic, sense of justice are all on full display as she struggles to be the perfect wife while also remaining an activist, a mother, a wr [...]

  18. Ari Haltom

    Incredible I ve always loved to read the memoirs of interesting people, and Maya Angelou was, in my opinion, one of the most interesting people in the history of America She fought hard for what she believed in, she loved hard, and she should be an inspiration to us all To top off all of the interesting events in her memoir, her writing style flows beautifully, making this very hard to put down.

  19. Ms_prue

    At the part where the producer said he wouldn t pay for the songs for the play because Maya and Ethel just sat down at the piano and made it up I nearly screamed WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK COMPOSERS ACTUALLY DO Maya s writing is amazing so good lean and evocative I don t actively go in for autobiographies but I will be looking out for her other books for sure.

  20. Kelechi

    Really enjoyed this volume of Maya Angelou s autobiography Her writing is truthful and beautiful I felt that I could relate to her as she discovered about herself through her life experiences Her depiction of her romantic relationships with the men she encountered at that point in her life, spoke to me as a woman forging a life for herself that is autonomous.

  21. Ulriika

    When I think her life can t get crazier, she marries a freedom fighter and moves to Egypt Maya, you amaze me 3Love it, love her Although I really love Vivian Baxter she is iconic, somehow Will try a method of WWVBD for the next few months should be epic.

  22. Celia

    I was not expecting an autobiography to be so engaging but that it was I can t wait to read the other five books.

  23. SpookyPendo

    This is my first work of Maya s to read and it got me thinking why I waited for so long Got the book as a thrift find on a night market and I am so glad I picked it up and decided to buy it Maya tells us her story in such a honest way that she doesn t shy away from admitting her vulnerabilities and mistakes which I found as a great way to make us relate to her In this volume she shares a lot about how she had to socially struggle to get on her feet even when introduced to new cultures There s a [...]

  24. Krystal Smith

    Angelou is bold, funny, vulnerable, and human The way she opens up and tells her story, including triumphs and failures, makes me trust every word she says The way she built community wherever she went makes me miss a time I wasn t apart of I appreciate this book for the lessons I gleaned from it Be bold, try, fall in in love, say when you ve had enough, look out for folks, and know the folks who will look out for you The writing is smooth, easy to glide through Angelou s writing is a rich histo [...]

  25. Jacinthe Généreux

    Un bouquin sublime qui nous duque autant qu il nous charme Les faits historiques sont l , et les sentiments d crits sont carr ment une valeur ajout e qui nous sommes envie de sauter dans les rues militer encore et toujours.

  26. Julia

    Wow it s Maya Angelou She s a famous writer like a REALLY famous writer and speaker I had the pleasure of listening to her speak at Baylor University when I was a freshman Thank goodness I attended that I truly had no idea what a big deal she was when I attended I went because she had a short story in my English textbook Well, now it s ahem years past college, and I have a much better understanding of what a big deal she is in so many ways After reading The Heart of a Woman and a few other of he [...]

  27. Claire

    The fourth of her memoirs This covers her life in New York, role in the civil rights movement, marriage to a South African freedom fighter, move to Egypt and finally to Ghana.We meet Martin Luther King, Billie Holiday, Malcolm X, James Baldwin I always feel I learn a lot from her memoirs and that they have changed me in small ways I ve reserved the next already.

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