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The Heart of a Woman by Maya  Angelou

The Heart of a Woman

352 pages; Random House Trade Paperbacks
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 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.
Featured in Oprah's Book Club 1997

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