Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now by Maya Angelou is a series of short prose essays about living, loving, being a woman, and just about everything. It is at times funny, sometimes sad and very inspirational. I first read this as a college student after I “discovered” Maya Angelou’s poetry and felt like I had an older, wiser aunt sharing wisdom from a life well lived.
I am participating in the SarahOhm.com Blogger Book Club link up. January’s these is an “inspirational” book. I chose Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now by Maya Angelou as I recall it being very inspirational to me at the time when I first read it.
Since the chapters are very short (around two – five pages) and it is easy to read in small doses. I read it during stolen moments here and there–in waiting rooms, over a cup of tea, waiting for a friend to arrive. Dr. Angelou came from a different perspective–different generation, different geography, and different ethnic background. Reading her different perspectives gave me an insight into another way of thinking and some inspiration.
Now for my guilty confession… I actually have not yet ready any of Dr. Angelou’s many autobiographies (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Gather Together in My Name, Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas, The Heart of a Woman, All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes, and A Song Flung Up to Heaven). Perhaps I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will be in my near future. Perhaps it will be my March selection (a biography).
Next month’s book club theme is romance. Any suggestions?
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