Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
Before I discuss today's book, I have something very important to say:
Happy Birthday, Dr. The Hurricane!
Now it's time for The Cephalopod Coffeehouse, hosted by The Armchair Squid.
The idea is simple: On the last Friday of each month, post about the best book you've finished over the past month while visiting other bloggers doing the same. In this way, we'll all have the opportunity to share our thoughts with other enthusiastic readers.
My book for this month is Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou. I'm cheating because I didn't finish the book this month. It's been a while since I read it, but I left it sitting out so I could feature a quotation from it on Dr. The Hurricane's birthday.
I was sad when Maya Angelou died, but I was grateful for her extraordinary life and the way she chronicled it in a series of memoirs that began with I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. I encouraged The Hurricane to read Maya Angelou's books.
Maya's mother, Vivian Baxter, sent Maya and her brother to live with their grandmother when they were young children, leaving Maya with feelings of abandonment. In this book, she describes her relationship with her mother over the years--a relationship that grew into a great love.
Here's the quotation from the book that I dedicate to my darling baby girl:
My mother stopped me and said, "Baby."
I walked back to her.
"Baby, I've been thinking, and now I am sure. You are the greatest woman I've ever met."
She continued. "You are very kind and very intelligent and those elements are not always found together. Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, and my mother--yes, you belong in that category. Here, give me a kiss."
The chapter ends with Maya taking in what her mother said to her. She writes: Imagine I might really become somebody. Someday.
Wherever you are today, my baby girl, I send you love, blessings, hugs, and kisses. You are already somebody.
Franklin sends you kisses, too.
Mom & Me & Mom and The Hurricane earn The Janie Junebug Seal of Highest Approval.
I purchased this book on Amazon at http://goo.gl/IOz6JW.
Infinities of love,