letter to my daughter

Last week I needed a short audiobook for my last few commutes to and from rehearsals for our holiday concerts, before taking a break for the rest of the month. I settled on Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou, perfect at a brief 2.5 hours, and also because I love Angelou and have wanted to read more of her work for years. From Goodreads:

Dedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her, Letter to My Daughter reveals Maya Angelou’s path to living well and living a life with meaning. Told in her own inimitable style, this book transcends genres and categories: guidebook, memoir, poetry, and pure delight.

I enjoyed Letter to My Daughter a lot, but didn’t quite love it. It is too brief, perhaps, or perhaps it deserves a read on paper, too, to fully absorb her writing and advice. But I absolutely loved listening to Angelou narrate on this unabridged audio version. Her words and voice are just so comforting, so welcoming, so endearing. I felt like she was speaking right to me through a lot of this.

Some chapters resonated more with me, especially those in which she recounts major events in her life, and finding a personal-professional life balance. She also spends a good deal of the book on her experiences with faith, family, and race. This is only the second book of Angelou’s that I’ve read, but I did learn that several of the personal anecdotes were covered in previous books.

Letter to My Daughter is one I would recommend to all women, especially those new to Angelou, and those in their 20s, finding their way into adulthood. Her brilliance, wisdom, and humility are beautiful and abundant in this short volume.

Listened to audiobook from December 9 to 13, 2014.

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