Mom & Me & Mom

Editorial reviews

Mom & Me & Mom

Perhaps Angelou is counting on the reader to have read her previous memoirs to fill in the blanks; a reader new to Angelou’s work may find aspects of the book — such as the glossed-over evolution of her writing life — a bit unsatisfying.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was a ground-breaking triumph. Mom & Me & Mom does a good job of undermining it.

If there is a lesson here – and Angelou’s work always offers a lesson – it is that we can choose to be embittered, or we can choose to receive the love extended to us, however difficult that love might be.