Maya Angelou Books In Order

Maya’s World Books In Publication Order

  1. Angelina of Italy (2004)
  2. Izak of Lapland (2004)
  3. Mikale of Hawaii (2004)
  4. Renee Marie of France (2004)
  5. Cedric of Jamaica (2005)

Collections In Publication Order

  1. Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Diiie (1971)
  2. Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well (1975)
  3. And Still I Rise (1978)
  4. Now Sheba Sings the Song (1987)
  5. I Shall Not Be Moved (1990)
  6. On the Pulse of Morning (1993)
  7. Soul Looks Back in Wonder (1993)
  8. The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou (1994)
  9. The Complete Collected Poems (1994)
  10. Maya Angelou: Poems (1994)
  11. Phenomenal Woman (1995)
  12. A Brave and Startling Truth (1995)
  13. Black Pearls (1998)
  14. Van Gogh’s Ear (2005)
  15. Amazing Peace (2005)
  16. Celebrations (2006)
  17. Poetry for Young People (2007)
  18. Love’s Exquisite Freedom (2011)

Picture Books In Publication Order

  1. Mrs. Flowers (1986)
  2. Life Doesn’t Frighten Me (1993)
  3. My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, and Me (1994)
  4. Kofi and His Magic (1996)

Maya Angelou’s Autobiography Books In Publication Order

  1. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969)
  2. Gather Together in My Name (1974)
  3. Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas (1976)
  4. The Heart of a Woman (1981)
  5. All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes (1986)
  6. A Song Flung Up to Heaven (2002)
  7. Mom & Me & Mom (2013)

Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. Shaker, Why Don’t You Sing? (1983)
  2. Letter to My Daughter (1987)
  3. Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now (1993)
  4. Even the Stars Look Lonesome (1996)
  5. The Voyage of the Amistad (1997)
  6. Making Magic in the World (1998)
  7. Amistad (With: Steven Spielberg) (1998)
  8. Mary Ellen Mark (With: Mary Ellen Mark) (1999)
  9. Graduation (2000)
  10. Hallelujah! The Welcome Table (2004)
  11. Mother (2006)
  12. Great Food, All Day Long (2010)
  13. His Day Is Done (2014)
  14. Rainbow in the Cloud (2014)
  15. Understanding Aspergers (2014)
  16. Strategies of Abundance (2014)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. Quartet Of Stories (1993)

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Angelina of Italy

ANGELINA LOVES PIZZA. So much so that when she hears that there is a Leaning Tower of Pisa, and mistakenly thinks it’s made of pizzas, she is so distressed that she must go see it for herself!From the Trade Paperback edition.

Mikale of Hawaii

MIKALE LIVES IN OAHU one of the beautiful Hawaiian islands, surrounded by water. He also happens to be afraid of the ocean! Luckily, his uncle and a little pet fish teach Mikale something about having confidence in your abilities.

Renee Marie of France

A TALL GIRL who is afraid of heights? When Ren e Marie’s class takes a trip to the Eiffel Tower, she would much rather stay with her feet on the ground than go up to the top!From the Trade Paperback edition.

Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Diiie

From this best selling author comes a marvellous collection of poetry. Poems of love and regret, of racial strife and confrontation, songs of the people and songs of the heart all are charged with Maya Angelou’s zest for life and her rage at injustice. Lyrical, tender poems of longing, wry glances at betrayal and isolation combine with a fierce insight into ‘hate and hateful wrath’ in an unforgettable picture of the hopes and concerns of one of America’s finest contemporary Black writers.

And Still I Rise

In this inspiring poem, Maya Angelou celebrates the courage of the human spirit over the harshest of obstacles. An ode to the power that resides in us all to overcome the most difficult circumstances, this poem is truly an inspiration and affirmation of the faith that restores and nourishes the soul. Entwined with the vivid paintings of Diego Rivera, the renowned Mexican artist, Angelou’s words paint a portrait of the amazing human spirit, its quiet dignity, and pools of strength and courage. An ideal gift for a friend, lover, or family member, this special edition will be treasured by all who receive it.

Now Sheba Sings the Song

The Inaugural poet, author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, unites with a renowned illustrator for a poetic tribute to the extraordinary essence of ordinary African American women. Reissue.

I Shall Not Be Moved

In her first book of poetry since Why Don’t You Sing? Maya Angelou, bestselling author of the classic autobiography I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, writes with lyric, passionate intensity that reaches out to touch the heart and mind. This memorable collection of poems exhibits Maya Angelou’s unique gift for capturing the triumph and pain of being black and every man and woman’s struggle to be free. Filled with bittersweet intimacies and ferocious courage, these poems are gems many faceted, bright with wisdom, radiant with life. From the Trade Paperback edition.

On the Pulse of Morning

The latest collection of poems from the renowned African American author features some of her best work to date. By the author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Soul Looks Back in Wonder

In this compelling collection of words and pictures, the voices of 13 major poets, including Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, and Walter Dean Myers, rise in response to the dazzling vistas and emotionally vivid portraits of award winning artist Tom Feelings. A unique and moving collaboration that celebrates the sustaining spirit of African creativity. Full color.

The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou

Tenderly, joyously, sometimes in sadness, sometimes in pain, Maya Angelou writes from the heart and celebrates life as only she has discovered it. In this moving volume of poetry, we hear the multi faceted voice of one of the most powerful and vibrant writers of our time. From the Paperback edition.

The Complete Collected Poems

Maya Angelou’s poetry lyrical and dramatic, exuberant and playful speaks of love, longings, partings; of Saturday night partying and the smells and sounds of Southern cities; of freedom and shattered dreams. Of her poetry, Kirkus Reviews has written, ‘It is just as much a part of her autobiography as I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Gather Together in My Name, Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas, and The Heart of a Woman’.

Maya Angelou: Poems

Tenderly, joyously, sometimes in sadness, sometimes in pain, Maya Angelou writes from the heart and celebrates life as only she has discovered it. In this moving volume of poetry, we hear the multi faceted voice of one of the most powerful and vibrant writers of our time. From the Paperback edition.

Phenomenal Woman

Phenomenal Woman is a phenomenal poem that speaks to us of where we are as women at the dawn of a new century. In a clear voice, Maya Angelou vividly reminds us of our towering strength and beauty. Here is a poem that radiates wisdom and conviction, renewing our belief in the glory and tender mercies of our gender. Married to the extraordinary paintings Paul Gauguin, this book becomes a visionary commemoration of all that is wondrous in women. Gauguin painted women with exuberance and joy, reveling in their strength and beauty. His portraits are of women of color, women of power, women who gaze out at the viewer with the same quiet resolve and inner mystery that Angelou celebrates in her poem. Though Gauguin died twenty five years before Angelou was born and these two artists lived very different lives in very different cultures, their work coalesces perfectly in this one glorious volume. Here is the ultimate gift for the Phenomenal Woman in your life wife, lover, relative, teacher, friend. There’s hardly a woman alive today who will not relate to the words of the poet Maya Angelou and the images of painter Paul Gauguin.

Van Gogh’s Ear

In this title, a powerful poem for peace by one of the great voices of contemporary literature, Maya Angelou, seizes the soul; Margaret Atwood’s insightful, often amusing essay on poetics inspires; Beat legend Carolyn Cassady’s intriguing new prose piece explores the energies that create and sustain all life; a high speed letter from Beat icon Neal Cassady sweeps one away with his thoughts on intellect and the arts; and, acclaimed renaissance man Leonard Cohen’s poem excites both the imagination and emotions. Also in this title, James Dean’s hard hitting poem gives a brutal glimpse into the acidic mixture of love and hate the legendary actor had for his father a scan of Dean’s actual poem appears with photos from a private collection; Bangladesh poet Taslima Nasrin, who had to flee her country following death threats by Islamic fanatics, contributed a poem which reveals much through the rape of two young sisters who are ordered by a judge to be whipped in public for speaking out against the man who raped them; and, Sue Russell shatters the Hollywood portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the movie ‘Monster’ with her probing essay. There’s also Sonia Sanchez’s startling poem about a mother torn between love for her 7 year old daughter and addiction to crack; Irish poet Eabhan Ni Shuileabhain’s intense journey into the minds of the main people involved in executing a criminal at the time of execution; and, even more powerful work by Tony Curtis, Joyce Carol Oates, C. K. Williams, Yoko Ono, Norman Mailer, Daisy Zamora, J. T. LeRoy, Joanne Kyger, John Gilmore, Tess Gallagher, Richard Kostelanetz, Marc Smith, Alice Notley, Billy Collins, Aram Saroyan, Diane di Prima, John Updike, in total 91 great talents. After reading this landmark anthology, you’ll feel as if you’d lived intensely in the skins of many different people in different parts of the world. It is highly recommended as a rich resource for teachers and a library basic.

Amazing Peace

In this beautiful, deeply moving poem, Maya Angelou inspires us to embrace the peace and promise of Christmas, so that hope and love can once again light up our holidays and the world. Angels and Mortals, Believers and Nonbelievers, look heavenward, she writes, and speak the word aloud. Peace. Read by the poet at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree at the White House on December 1, 2005, Maya Angelou’s celebration of the Glad Season is a radiant affirmation of the goodness of life and a beautiful holiday gift for people of all faiths. From the Hardcover edition.


Grace, dignity, and eloquence have long been hallmarks of Maya Angelou’s poetry. Her measured verses have stirred our souls, energized our minds, and healed our hearts. Whether offering hope in the darkest of nights or expressing sincere joy at the extraordinariness of the everyday, Maya Angelou has served as our common voice. Celebrations is a collection of timely and timeless poems that are an integral part of the global fabric. Several works have become nearly as iconic as Angelou herself: the inspiring On the Pulse of Morning, read at President William Jefferson Clinton s 1993 inauguration; the heartening Amazing Peace, presented at the 2005 lighting of the National Christmas Tree at the White House; A Brave and Startling Truth, which marked the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations; and Mother, which beautifully honors the first woman in our lives. Angelou writes of Celebrations public and private, a bar mitzvah wish to her nephew, a birthday greeting to Oprah Winfrey, and a memorial tribute to the late Luther Vandross and Barry White. More than a writer, Angelou is a chronicler of history, an advocate for peace, and a champion for the planet, as well as a patriot, a mentor, and a friend. To be shared and cherished, the wisdom and poetry of Maya Angelou proves there is always cause for celebration. From the Hardcover edition.

Love’s Exquisite Freedom

The newest installment in Welcome Books’ Art & Poetry series, Love’s Exquisite Freedom pairs the lyrical grace of Maya Angelou with the exquisite art of Edward Burne Jones. Angelou’s poem of love’s transcendent power finds a striking, sensual complement in Burne Jones, a star of 19th century Britain’s Aesthetic movement. Burne Jones continually examined themes of love, while persuasively arguing for the value of art as an object of beauty. Fittingly, many of his works incorporate depictions of angels in various guises: as manifestations of love, redemption, and guidance, even as the Roman god Cupid. In Love’s Exquisite Freedom, Burne Jones’ contention that art reveals a ‘a light better than any light that ever shone’ is tempered by Angelou’s naturalism and earnestness. The combination is an enchanting, powerful exploration of the redemptive quality of love and the unbidden pleasure of emotion. Works featured in the book are exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Harvard Art Museum, among others.

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me

Maya Angelou’s brave poem is illustrated by the paintings of Jean Michel Basquiat. Angelou is well known for her autobiography ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’. Biographies of the artists are included.

My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, and Me

Full color photographs. ‘Hello, Stranger Friend’ begins Maya Angelou’s story about Thandi, a South African Ndebele girl, her mischievous brother, her beloved chicken, and the astonishing mural art produced by the women of her tribe. With never before seen photographs of the very private Ndebele women and their paintings, this unique book shows the passing of traditions from parent to child and introduces young readers to a new culture through a new friend. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Kofi and His Magic

With full color photographs. Now in paperback, My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, and Me is the enchanting story of an eight year old girl named Thandi, her village, her mischievous brother, her best friend a chicken and the remarkable mural art that is produced by the Ndebele women. With over seventy photographs of the reclusive Ndebele women and their breathtaking paintings, My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, and Me documents the passing of traditions from parent to child while introducing young readers to a new culture through a new friend. ‘Angelou’s prose, like the art, is unlike what you’ve seen before’ Chicago Tribune. ‘Poet Angelou’s impish narrative and Margaret Courtney Clarke’s ravishing photos create an entrancing vision…
.’ Entertainment Weekly. To be published simultaneously with Kofi and His Magic, a new hardcover collaborative effort by Angelou and Courtney Clarke. From the Hardcover edition.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Here is a book as joyous and painful, and as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s first memoir, published in 1969 is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. Sent by their mother to their devout, self sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local powhitetrash. When she journeys at eight to her mother s side in St. Louis, she is attacked by a man many times her age. Years later, in San Francisco, she learns about love for herself and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. The kindness of others, Maya s own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned. Poetic and powerful now in a beautiful keepsake edition I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will touch hearts and change minds as long as people read.

Gather Together in My Name

Gather Together in My Name continues Maya Angelou’s personal story, begun so unforgettably in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The time is the end of World War II and there is a sense of optimism everywhere. Maya Angelou, still in her teens, has given birth to a son. But the next few years are difficult ones as she tries to find a place in the world for herself and her child. She goes from job to job and from man to man. She tries to return home back to Stamps, Arkansas but discovers that she is no longer part of that world. Then Maya s life takes a dramatic turn, and she faces new challenges and temptations. In this second volume of her poignant autobiographical series, Maya Angelou powerfully captures the struggles and triumphs of her passionate life with dignity, wisdom, humor, and humanity.

Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas

In this third self contained volume of her autobiography, which began with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou moves into the adult world, and the white world as well, as she marries, enters show business, and tours Europe and Africa in Porgy and Bess. As the book opens, Maya, in order to support herself and her young son, gets a job in a record shop run by a white woman. Suspicious of almost any kindness shown her, she is particularly confused by the special attentions of a young white customer. Soon the relationship grows into love and then marriage, and Maya believes a permanent relationship is finally possible. But it is not to be, and she is again forced to look for work. This time she finds a job as a dancer in a sleazy San Francisco bar. Her remarkable talent, however, soon brings her attention of a different kind, and before long she is singing in one of the most popular nightclubs on the coast. From there, she is called to New York to join the cast of Porgy and Bess, which is just about to begin another tour abroad. The troupe’s joyous and dramatic adventure through Italy, France, Greece, Yugoslavia, and Egypt becomes the centerpiece of Singin’ and Swingin’. This remarkable portrayal of one of the most exciting and talented casts ever put together, and of the encounters between these larger than life personalities and audiences who had rarely seen black people before, makes a hilarious and poignant story. The excitement of the journey full of camaraderie, love affairs, and memorable personalities is dampened only by Maya’s nagging guilt that she has once again abandoned the person she loves most in life, her son. Back home, and driven close to suicide by her guilt and concern, she takes her son with her to Hawaii, where she discovers that devotion and love, in spite of forced absence, have the power to heal and sustain. As always, Maya Angelou’s writing is charged with that remarkable sense of life and love and unique celebration of the human condition that have won her such a loyal following. From the Hardcover edition.

The Heart of a Woman

In The Heart of a Woman Maya Angelou leaves California with her son, Guy, to go to New York. There she enters the society and world of black artists and writers. Not since her childhood has she lived in an almost black environment, and she is surprised at the obsession her new friends have with the white world around them. She stays for a while with John and Grace Killens and begins to read her writing at the Harlem Writers Guild. She continues to sing, most notably at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, but more and more she begins to take part in the struggle of black Americans for their rightful place in the world. She helps organize a benefit cabaret for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and then is appointed Martin Luther Kings Northern Coordinator. Shortly after that, through her friend Abbey Lincoln, she takes one of the lead parts in Genet’s The Blacks it was a remarkable cast, including Godfrey Cambridge, Roscoe Lee Brown, James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson, Raymond St. Jacques, and Lou Gossett, and even writes music for the production. In the meantime her personal life has taken a tempestuous turn. She has left the New York bail bondsman she was intending to marry and has fallen in love with a South African freedom fighter named Vusumzi Make, who sweeps her off her feet and eventually takes her to London and then to Cairo, where, as her marriage begins to break up, she becomes the first female editor of the English language magazine. The Heart of a Woman is filled with unforgettable vignettes of famous people, from Billie Holiday to Malcolm X, but perhaps most important is the story of Maya Angelou’s relationship with her son. Because this book chronicles, finally, the joys and the burdens of a black mother in America and how the son she had cherished so intensely and worked for so devotedly finally grows to be a man.

All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes

‘Thoroughly enjoyable…
an important document drawing more much needed attention to the hidden history of a people both African and American.’ Los Angeles Times Book Review. From the Trade Paperback edition.

A Song Flung Up to Heaven

Read by the author3 cassettes, 5 hoursThe culmination of a unique achievementin modern American literature: the six volumes of autobiography that began more thanthirty years ago with the appearance ofI Know Why the Caged Bird SingsA Song Flung Up to Heaven opens as Maya Angelou returns from Africa to the United States to work with Malcolm X. But first she has to journey to California to be reunited with her mother and brother. No sooner does she arrive there than she learns that Malcolm X has been assassinated. Devastated, she tries to put her life back together, working on the stage in local theaters and even conducting a door to door survey in Watts. Then Watts explodes in violence, a riot she describes firsthand. Subsequently, on a trip to New York, she meets Martin Luther King, Jr., who asks her to become his coordinator in the North, and she visits black churches all over America to help support King’s Poor People s March. But once again tragedy strikes. King is assassinated, and this time Angelou completely withdraws from the world, unable to deal with this horrible event. Finally, James Baldwin forces her out of isolation and insists that she accompany him to a dinner party where the idea for writing I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is born. In fact, A Song Flung Up to Heaven ends as Maya Angelou begins to write the first sentences of Caged Bird.

Letter to My Daughter

For a world of devoted fans, a much awaited new volume of absorbing stories and inspirational wisdom from one of our best loved writers. 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. Here in short spellbinding essays are glimpses of the tumultuous life that led Angelou to an exalted place in American letters and taught her lessons in compassion and fortitude: how she was brought up by her indomitable grandmother in segregated Arkansas, taken in at thirteen by her more worldly and less religious mother, and grew to be an awkward, six foot tall teenager whose first experience of loveless sex paradoxically left her with her greatest gift, a son. Whether she is recalling such lost friends as Coretta Scott King and Ossie Davis, extolling honesty, decrying vulgarity, explaining why becoming a Christian is a lifelong endeavor, or simply singing the praises of a meal of red rice Maya Angelou writes from the heart to millions of women she considers her extended family. Like the rest of her remarkable work, Letter to My Daughter entertains and teaches; it is a book to cherish, savor, and share. I gave birth to one child, a son, but I have thousands of daughters. You are Black and White, Jewish and Muslim, Asian, Spanish speaking, Native Americans and Aleut. You are fat and thin and pretty and plain, gay and straight, educated and unlettered, and I am speaking to you all. Here is my offering to you. from Letter to My DaughterGrateful acknowledgment is made to the following for permission to reprint previously published material:Mari Evans: Excerpt from I Am A Black Woman from I Am A Black Woman by Mari Evans New York: William Morrow, 1970. Reprinted by permission of Mari Evans. Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc. and Harold Ober Associates: I, Too and Dream Variations from The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes, edited by Arnold Rampersad with David Russell, Associate Editor, copyright 1994 by the Estate of Langston Hughes. Rights in the United Kingdom are controlled by Harold Ober Associates. Reprinted by permission of Harold Ober Associates. Melvin B. Tolson, Jr. c/o The Permissions Company: Excerpt from Dark Symphony from Rendezvous With America New York: Dodd, Mead, 1944. Originally published in Atlantic Monthly September, 1941, copyright 1941, 1944 by Melvin B. Tolson and copyright renewed 1968, 1972 by Ruth S. Tolson. Reprinted by permission of Melvin B. Tolson, r. c/o The Permissions Company, www. permissionscompany. com.

Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now

From the remarkable woman who spoke to our nation in her inaugural poem, here is a beautifully rendered series of inspirational reflections. Maya Angelou speaks from the soul with the wisdom of a lifetime. In a voice that vibrates with strength and pierces with honesty, she serves up the essence of her thoughts about how spirit and spirituality move and shape her life; about service and grace and giving; about how she celebrates the spirit of her people and the earthy sensuality of the sisterhood. She talks about family, discusses how people have gone astray, and how they can move to regain the way. These are her lessons in living lessons from which we all can learn.

Even the Stars Look Lonesome

1 CD 90 minutesRead by the Author, Maya Angelou’ Maya Angelou has a glorious bell of a voice.’ Dayton Daily NewsThis wise book is the wonderful continuation of the bestselling Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now. Even the Stars Look Lonesome is Maya Angelou talking of the things she cares about most. In her unique, spellbinding way, she re creates intimate personal experiences and gives us her wisdom on a wide variety of subjects. She tells us how a house can both hurt its occupants and heal them. She talks about Africa. She gives us a profile of Oprah. She enlightens us about age and sexuality. She confesses to the problems fame brings and shares with us the indelible lessons she has learned about rage and violence. And she sings the praises of sensuality. Even the Stars Look Lonesome imparts the lessons of a lifetime.

Amistad (With: Steven Spielberg)

This elegant volume commemorates the creation of an extraordinary movie, featuring: specially commissioned watercolors which served as ‘storyboards’; production and historical photos and documents; essays by director Spielberg, producer Allen who pursued the project for 13 years, and poet Angelou; and a lengthy text on the making of the film about the fight for freedom by 53 Africans, who, in 1839, were captured as slaves and who rebelled on the Spanish slave ship Amistad.

Mary Ellen Mark (With: Mary Ellen Mark)

‘Mark works in a classic documentary mode: her work imprints itself on viewers in the way that only great photography can.’ Harpers Bazaar Recently voted by the readers of American Photography as their favorite woman photographer of all time, Mary Ellen Mark has made some of America’s most iconic photographs. She is unsurpassed at shaping both the odd and the everyday into genuinely surprising photographs that subtly yet powerfully challenge our preconceptions or intensify our convictions. Mary Ellen Mark’s poetic and at times disquieting photographs form a fascinating portrait of a complex, amusing, and occasionally unsettling country and its people. Poetry by Maya Angelou. Hardcover, 10.5 x 12. 25 in./152 pgs

Hallelujah! The Welcome Table

Throughout Maya Angelou’s life, from her childhood in Stamps, Arkansas, to her world travels as a bestselling writer, good food has played a central role. Preparing and enjoying homemade meals provides a sense of purpose and calm, accomplishment and connection. Now in Hallelujah! The Welcome Table, Angelou shares memories pithy and poignant and the recipes that helped to make them both indelible and irreplaceable. Angelou tells us about the time she was expelled from school for being afraid to speak and her mother baked a delicious maple cake to brighten her spirits. She gives us her recipe for short ribs along with a story about a job she had as a cook at a Creole restaurant never mind that she didn t know how to cook and had no idea what Creole food might entail. There was the time in London when she attended a wretched dinner party full of wretched people; but all wasn t lost she did experience her initial taste of a savory onion tart. She recounts her very first night in her new home in Sonoma, California, when she invited M. F. K. Fisher over for cassoulet, and the evening Deca Mitford roasted a chicken when she was beyond tipsy and created Chicken Drunkard Style. And then there was the hearty brunch Angelou made for a homesick Southerner, a meal that earned her both a job offer and a prophetic compliment: If you can write half as good as you can cook, you are going to be famous. Maya Angelou is renowned in her wide and generous circle of friends as a marvelous chef. Her kitchen is a social center. From fried meat pies, chicken livers, and beef Wellington to caramel cake, bread pudding, and chocolate clairs, the one hundred plus recipes included here are all tried and true, and come from Angelou s heart and her home. Hallelujah! The Welcome Table is a stunning collaboration between the two things Angelou loves best: writing and cooking. From the Hardcover edition.


Poet, writer, performer, teacher, and director Maya Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas, and then moved to San Francisco. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, beginning with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she has also written a cookbook, Hallelujah! The Welcome Table; five poetry collections, including I Shall Not Be Moved and Shaker, Why Don t You Sing?; and the celebrated poems On the Pulse of Morning, which she read at the inauguration of President William Jefferson Clinton, and Amazing Peace, which she read at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., in December 2005.

Great Food, All Day Long

At one time, I described myself as a cook, a driver, and a writer. I no longer drive, but I do still write and I do still cook. And having reached the delicious age of eighty one, I realize that I have been feeding other people and eating for a long time. I have been cooking nearly all my life, so I have developed some philosophies. Renowned and beloved author Maya Angelou returns to the kitchen both hers and ours with her second cookbook, filled with time tested recipes and the intimate, autobiographical sketches of how they came to be. Inspired by Angelou’s own dramatic weight loss, the focus here is on good food, well made and eaten in moderation. When preparing for a party, for example, Angelou says, Remember, cooking large amounts of food does not mean that you are obligated to eat large portions. When you create food that is full of flavor, you will find that you need less of it to feel satisfied, and you can use one dish to nourish yourself all day long. And oh, what food you will create! Savor recipes for Mixed Up Tamale Pie, All Day and Night Cornbread, Sweet Potatoes McMillan, Braised Lamb with White Beans, and Pytt I Panna Swedish hash. All the delicious dishes here can be eaten in small portions, and many times a day. More important, they can be converted into other mouth watering incarnations. So Crown Roast of Pork becomes Pork Tacos and Pork Fried Rice, while Roasted Chicken becomes Chicken Tetrazzini and Chicken Curry. And throughout, Maya Angelou s rich and wise voice carries the food from written word to body and soul enriching experience. Featuring gorgeous illustrations throughout and Angelou s own tips and tricks on everything from portion control to timing a meal, Great Food, All Day Long is an essential reference for everyone who wants to eat better and smarter and a delightful peak into the kitchen and the heart of a remarkable woman.

Quartet Of Stories

Offers challenging and original perspectives on relationships, societies and cultures. These are stories of people, especially black women, making their voices heard as they endure, survive, create and laugh together. Stories include: ‘Incident in the Yard, Names and Visit to the Dentist by Maya Angelou; Nineteen Fifty Five, The Flowers and to Hell with Dying by Alice Walker; Love Orange, Do Angels Wear Brassieres? And the Boy Who Loved Ice Cream by Olive Senior; The Dolly Funeral, I Come Through, I Don’t Want to Go Home in the Dark, The King of Swords and Bella Makes a Life by Lorna Goodison. ‘

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