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The Heart of a Woman

by Maya Angelou

Random House Publishing Group | May 9, 1997 | Trade Paperback

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This engaging book chronicles the changes in Maya Angelou''s life as she enters the hub of activity that is New York.  There, at the Harlem Writers Guild, she
rededicates herself to writing, and finds love at an unexpected moment. Reflecting on her many roles--from northern coordinator of Martin Luther King''s history-making quest to mother of a rebellious teenage son--Angelou eloquently speaks to an awareness of the heart within us all.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.19 × 5.59 × 0.88 in

Published: May 9, 1997

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553380095

ISBN - 13: 9780553380095

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The Heart of a Woman

by Maya Angelou

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.19 × 5.59 × 0.88 in

Published: May 9, 1997

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553380095

ISBN - 13: 9780553380095

About the Book

This engaging book chronicles the changes in Maya Angelou's life as she enters the hub of activity that is New York.    There, at the Harlem Writers Guild, she
rededicates herself to writing, and finds love at an unexpected moment. Reflecting on her many roles--from northern coordinator of Martin Luther King's history-making quest to mother of a rebellious teenage son--Angelou eloquently speaks to an awareness of the heart within us all.

Read from the Book

The Harlem Writer''s Guild was meeting at John''s house, and my palms were sweating and my tongue was thick.  The loosely formed organization, without  dues or membership cards, had one strict rule: any invited guest could sit in  for three meetings, but thereafter, the visitor had to read from his or her  work in progress.  My time had come. Sara Wright and Sylvester Leeks  stood in a corner talking softly.  John Clarke was staring at titles in the  bookcase.  Mary Delaney and Millie Jordan were giving their coats to Grace  and exchanging greetings.  The other writers were already seated around the  living room in a semicircle. John Killens walked past me, touching my  shoulder, took his seat and called the meeting to order. "O.K.,  everybody.  Let''s start." Chairs scraped the floor and the sounds  reverberated in my armpits.  "As you know, our newest member, our California  singer, is going to read from her new play.  What''s the title,  Maya?" "One Love, One Life."   My usually deep voice leaked out  high-pitched and weak. A writer asked how many acts the play had.  I  answered again in the piping voice, "So far only one." Everyone  laughed; they thought I was making a joke. "If eve
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This engaging book chronicles the changes in Maya Angelou''s life as she enters the hub of activity that is New York.  There, at the Harlem Writers Guild, she
rededicates herself to writing, and finds love at an unexpected moment. Reflecting on her many roles--from northern coordinator of Martin Luther King''s history-making quest to mother of a rebellious teenage son--Angelou eloquently speaks to an awareness of the heart within us all.

From the Jacket

This engaging book chronicles the changes in Maya Angelou's life as she enters the hub of activity that is New York.  There, at the Harlem Writers Guild, she
rededicates herself to writing, and finds love at an unexpected moment. Reflecting on her many roles--from northern coordinator of Martin Luther King's history-making quest to mother of a rebellious teenage son--Angelou eloquently speaks to an awareness of the heart within us all.

About the Author

Poet, writer, performer, teacher and director Maya Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas, and then went to San Francisco. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, beginning with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she has also written five poetry collections, including I Shall Not Be Moved and Shaker, Why Don''t You Sing?, as well as the celebrated poem "On the Pulse of Morning," which she read at the inauguration of President William Jefferson Clinton.

From Our Editors

The fourth volume in Maya Angelou's highly acclaimed autobiography breaks her turbulent life wide open with joy as the singer-dancer enters the razzle-dazzle of fabulous New York City. There, at the Harlem Writers Guild, her love for writing blazes anew in The Heart of a Woman.  

Editorial Reviews

"Remarkable... a great lady moving right on  through a great memoir." -- Kirkus  Reviews


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Bookclub Guide

Memoirist, novelist, poet, and dramatist, Maya Angelou is one of the best-loved writers of our time.  She is widely acclaimed for her searing, inspiring writings--and she has been praised for confronting both the racial and sexual pressures on black women, and for infusing her work with a perspective on larger social and political movements, including civil rights.


In the volumes of her bestselling personal story--one of the most remarkable narratives ever shared--Maya Angelou writes about the struggles and triumphs of her extraordinary life with candor, humor, poignancy, and grace. These include:


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

The classic autobiography of her young years.


Gather Together In My Name

The coming-of-age story of her struggle for survival as a young unwed mother.  


Singin'' and Swingin'' and Gettin'' Merry Like Christmas

The saga of her show business career, her failed marriage, and her early motherhood.


The Heart of a Woman

The turbulent story of her emergence as a writer and a political activist.


Wouldn''t Take Nothing For My Journey Now

Her exhilarating collection of wisdom, spirituality, and life lessons.

1. What is the significance of Maya quitting show business to become a civil rights activist?

2. Maya''s husband Make is a freedom fighter--yet he treats Maya as a possession. Why do you think Maya stays with him? Do you think Make sees his own hypocrisy, and why or why not?

3. When approached by a friendly stranger, Maya''s mother remarks, "He''s colored and I''m colored, but we are not cousins." What episodes in the memoir might evoke the same response from Maya?

4. The memoir concludes with a poignant scene, as Guy bids farewell to Maya before he goes to college. Guy is characteristically wise, brave, and mature for his years. What do his parting words say about his perceived role in their relationship? How has Maya''s role changed?

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