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Gather Together in My Name [Paperback]

Maya Angelou
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May 12 1997
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.


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"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


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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars a life uncommon March 11 2004
Format:Paperback
"Gather Together in My Name" is a work of autobiography by Maya Angelou. It picks up the story of her life after "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" and begins when she is 17 years old and the mother of her son, Guy. Marguerite (her proper name) knows that she has to find a job so she can support herself and her son. This book covers several jobs in several cities and is an amazingly powerful look at her life.
What I know of Maya Angelou is that she is a celebrated author who has written volumes of poetry and autobiography and that she seems to be a friend and favorite guest of Oprah Winfrey. The woman she is now, from all that I can tell, is a beautiful soul. What I didn't know was the experiences of her life and how she came to be the woman she is. These series of autobiographies tell of Angelou's life and the reality far surpasses anything I could have imagined.
In this volume alone Maya worked as a dancer, a cook (multiple times), a Madam, a waitress, and briefly as a prostitute. The power comes in the how, the why, and in the telling of the story of these jobs and in Maya's raising of her son and interactions with her family, co-workers, false friends, and with men.
Each volume of Maya Angelou's autobiography is fairly slim (this one was 181 pages), but the life she has lived is so fascinating that I would highly recommend reading it (any of them). It will not take up much of your time, but it shows the life of a young woman growing up and living a life uncommon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Feb. 25 2004
Format:Paperback
This novel incorporates numerous issues that happened in the life of this African-American woman. In her life she deals with racism in her community, naming, sexual abuse, and acceptance. She learns to cope with the life she lives. Her experiences in the novel are ones that many people (not only women) can relate to. In the novel, Maya struggles to find who she really is. Since she has so much influence around her she doesnt know who she really is. I would recommend this novel to any person who wants to find themselves. This novel has impacted my life, and it can impact your too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chau's Review Jan. 7 2003
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Format:Paperback
Author/Title: The title of this novel is called, "Gather Together In my Name," by Maya Angelou.
Summary:
"Gather Together in My Name" is an autobiograpghy of Maya Angelou and how she as an independent young teenager girl around 17, struggle her life in San Fran. On her journey she had to find jobs that could support her and her son, Guy. Through her experience as a teenager, she had to deal with racism, looking for jobs, and watching out for dangerous men. Ever since she starts working in resturants, she falls in love with couple of guys and had later dumped her and used her. Some of the men even made her became a prositute so that they can get her money out of her. After getting tricked and get fooled by "pimps," she return to her normal life and through her obstacles and experiences, she realized that she was not just a little girl, but a woman.
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The most important scence that really captured me was when Maya met 2 white women in a store in downtown of Arkansas shopping for her clothes. One of the white woman was being rude to her as if Maya was a pet, yelling and screaming with disrespectful manners. The white woman says, "How do you pronoun your name, gal? Speak up!" Maya mentioned,"In that moment I became rootless, nameless, pastless." So Maya decide to talked back and said, "is Miss Johnson. If you have occasion to use my name, which I seriously doubt, I advise you to address me as Miss Johnson. For if I need to allude to your pitiful selves, I shall call you Miss Idiot..."(pg. 76-77) The two white women were speechless. I thought it was a courageous thing to do because Maya stood up and say what she beleived in and nobody could take her rights away from that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marguerite is allreet!!! Feb. 1 2002
Format:Paperback
I read "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" last year, and have just completed this one. I'm very glad that I have "Singin' And Swingin' ready to start the minute I finish this review. As I was reading, I kept seeing a vision of Maya at our local theatre where she gave several readings of her works a few years ago. I'm very proud and happy that I've had the good fortune to see her in person. This live performance helped me to appreciate this remarkable woman even more than I would have normally. She is truly a "phenomenal woman". If you have not read her autobiography yet, I strongly suggest you start asap. To say this book is interesting and fascinating would be selling it short. As I begin her next volume, I'm quite certain that I will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book March 14 2001
Format:Paperback
It is a good book. Maya write about her life and the book is very interesting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Troubled Woman Jan. 15 2001
By scott
Format:Paperback
This book is about a young black woman, who struggles mightily in all turns of life. Skipping around from man to man and job to job, she never finds that lucid light she has always been looking for. Every thing she does turns upsidedown in her face, showing that she is not afraid to deal with mistake. Whether running a whorehouse or getting high, she did admit she was wrong. THis indespensibel quality makes her an inspiration to many readers. However I suggest younger readers not to read it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars MAYA
GATHER TOGETHER IN MY NAME, I LOVE MS MAYA ANGELOU GATHER TOGETHER IN MY NAME, I LOVE MS MAYA ANGELOU I'V EVEN SEEN HER RECITE SOME OF THE POEMSCTHAT I JUST LOVE TO HEAR AS WELL... Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2000 by shai
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal
I read the first and second book in Maya Angelou biographies. "Gather Together In My Name" is the sequel to "I know Why the Cage Bird Sings. Read more
Published on June 4 2000 by Lauren
4.0 out of 5 stars Gather Together in my name
There's no question why children all over the world are advised to read this book. This is the second of Maya Angelou's books that I have read, and I really enjoyed it. Read more
Published on April 17 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars If you ever look for some one on the enternet use last name
I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN I'M ONLY THIRTEE
Published on March 25 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine insight into young Afro-American woman's inner thoughts
This is the second book by Maya Angelou I have read this week. Began with I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS. Read more
Published on Jan. 23 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have ever read
Too often when I have read someone's memoirs or an autobiography I have had the suspicion that the author is painting a very self-serving portrait of the events in their lives. Read more
Published on Sept. 1 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars A heart touching story of truth and love, through struggle.
This beautifully descriptive story takes place some time before the 1940's. It talks about the stuggles that blacks were facing, before the time that civil rights groups were... Read more
Published on Dec 4 1997
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