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1000 before 30 #29: Letter to my daughter – Maya Angelou

Beauty and captivating tenderness fills every sentence of Maya Angelou’s intimate, secret sharings to the daughter she never had.


Maya is a genius. After reading I know Now Why the Caged Bird Sings, I thought I had her style pegged.

When reading Letter to My Daughter however, I felt as if Maya were sitting on a comfortable sofa with me, essentially downloading all of her wisdom into my eager ears. The result? A beautiful and intimate set of short stories about her life — some embarrassing, yet all resonate.

My particular favourite, when she ended up having lunch with a woman that she didn’t know and who didn’t know her, because neither of them wanted to admit the mistake.

I almost wish I had read this before anything else she has written. It made her come alive in a way that allowed me to see a whole person, not just a snapshot of what she was like when she was growing up.

Favourite quote: “Death, where is thy sting? It is here, in my heart, and my mind and my memories.”

This review is part of my 1000 books by 30 challenge. Read more about it here!


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