- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; 1 edition (Oct. 1 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780553569070
- ISBN-13: 978-0553569070
- ASIN: 0553569074
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1 x 17.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 113 g
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #167,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now Paperback – Oct 1 1994
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This inspiring collection of essays was a 25-week PW bestseller.
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Maya Angelou, one of the best-loved authors of our time, shares the wisdom of a remarkable life in this best-selling spiritual classic. This is Maya Angelou talking from the heart, down to earth and real, but also inspiring. This is a book to treasured, a book about being in all ways a woman, about living well, about the power of the word, and about the power do spirituality to move and shape your life. Passionate, lively, and lyrical, Maya Angelou's latest unforgettable work offers a gem of truth on every page.See all Product description
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As someone who has read Angelou's book-length autobiographical narratives and poetry collections, I was fascinated to see her writing in a different mode. In "Wouldn't Take Nothing" she reflects on some of the people of her life: her son, her grandmother, her voice teacher, and others. Her musings on spirituality have an inclusive, multi-faith flavor.
Some of Angelou's observations may seem a bit obvious. For example, in the opening mini-essay she declares, "Being a woman is hard work." But what may obvious to some may be a revelation to others, and Angelou doesn't shy away from reaching out to that second group. And throughout the book her writing is graced with moments of wit and passion.
In the essay entitled "Power of the Word," Angelou writes, "I'm a spring leaf trembling in anticipation." I have no doubt that this appealing collection will leave readers trembling with anticipation for Maya Angelou's next book.
Mama would call for Maya, saying, "Sister, come over here." When the "whiner" came in, Mama would ask them "How are you doing?" and the whiner would launch into a lengthy complaint about the weather and work and other things.
After this whiner left the store, Mama would turn to Maya and say "Sister, nobody likes to listen to someone who whines and complains..." and she'd tell Maya that there were lots of people - black and white, rich and poor - who went to bed last night and never woke up this morning, who'd give almost anything to have one more day of work or one more day in the summer's heat.
And the summation - "Sister, if you don't like something, change it. And if you can't change it, change the way you think about it."
This is a powerful book/audio tape. And it is narrated by Maya Angelou, which makes it even more of a treasure.
I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve the way they think about life.
I love Maya Angelou.
Instead this book reads like her script for the Oprah show. The thoughts, while interesting, are half developed and left me hungry for more and dissapointed because it wasnï¿½t given. Every chapter concerns some specific idea or thought. She tells a brief story about it and then gives a ï¿½truthï¿½ that isnï¿½t necessarily linked, and then she ends the chapter. For example in her chapter ï¿½Jealousyï¿½ she says that jealousy is interesting and adds spice to a relationship but that too much can be ï¿½life-threatening.ï¿½ She doesnï¿½t expand on this or explain it. This book should have been called ï¿½Quotes from Mayaï¿½ because that is all you get.
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