What Am I Reading? Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou

I’m just finishing Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou. It’s the last book 2016 feminist book club led by Emma Thompson on Goodreads. I’ve read the other memoirs of Maya Angelou, my favorite being Why the Caged Bird Sings. This memoir speaks to Ms. Angelou’s relationship with her mother. It’s quite good. Here’s the first paragraph of the opening chapter:



Frequently, I have been asked how OI got to be this way. How did I, born blak in a white country, poor in a society where wealth is addored and sought after at all costs, female in an environment where only large ships and some enjines are described favorably by using the female pronoun—how did I get to be Maya Angelou?


What do you think?

Would you keep reading?


firstparagraphEvery Tuesday Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea shares the first paragraph of a book currently being read. Feel free to join the fun.


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Happy New Year!


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Looking Forward To A New Year In Reading

I hope you are having a happy holiday season. I also hope some of your gifts this year were books. I’m excited about the books I’ll be reading in the year ahead. For one thing, the two book clubs I belong to have some excellent books coming up on the schedule. Here are just a few I can’t wait to start on:

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

The Gentleman In Moscow  by Amor Towles

Barkskins by Annie Prouix

I have a couple of nonfiction titles I want to read in 2017:

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lion Manuel Miranda

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg

I am also looking forward to continuing a couple of books in the mystery series I started in 2016:

Blood Hollow (Cork O’Connor #4) by Williams Kent Krueger

The Likeness (Dublin Murder Squad #2) by Tana French

And, of course, my on-going Agatha Christie Challenge:

They Came To Baghdad by Agatha Christie

Oh yes, it’s going to be a very good reading year for me. I trust it will be the same for you. Any special book you’re looking forward to?

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Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and  your family

a warm and happy Christmas

filled with love, laughter, good food, and



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