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Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like…

Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas (1976)

by Maya Angelou

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Series: Maya Angelou's Autobiographies (3)

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The third book in the late Maya Angelou's autobiographical series. It is really amazing how much has happened in this woman's life. And, how, just when Angelou is down on her luck, an amazing opportunity always comes up. Her life is certainly a roller coaster ride thus far. This installment covers her brief first marriage (a failure -- Angelou is a derivation, a change suggested by her voice coach, from her married name of Angelos) , her job as a dancer at a strip joint and after she is fired, her friends help her get a job elsewhere as a calypso singer, and then how she falls in the role of being in the cast of Porgy and Bess, and traveling Europe as a result. There is no doubt that Angelou is always working hard, and I'm sure she would say that luck had nothing to do with it, but it is interesting to see how she is clearly on her way to fame instead of just disappearing into the cracks like so many women who find themselves a single mother at age 16 and the like. Angelou does not take things meekly. She does acknowledge that her struggle to support her son financially comes at a cost.

In this, her third book, we still have not found out how she becomes a writer and poet, which is how most of us know her today. Angelou remains thoughtful and observant about situations surrounding her -- race relations, for instance. Her autobiographies so far do not take on a "tell-all" tone, or worse, an attempt to get back to everyone who wronged her in life. I look forward to continuing in this autobiographical series. ( )
  ValerieAndBooks | Mar 24, 2015 |
Another installment in Maya Angelou's series of autobiographical works, this installment chronicles Angelou's first steps into show business and fame, as well as further discoveries and adventures in her personal relationships. Though it may be a step less emotional and dramatic than the two earlier works in her series, it is just as poetic and telling. Readers of her earlier works will find it a worthwhile read, and a fast one.

Recommended. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Apr 27, 2014 |
I thought that this was the second book in her six-book autobiographical series, but it's actually number three. I enjoyed this book, but not as much as I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. This book wasn't nearly as funny; however, she shared some interesting and colorful stories! Overall, it's an enjoyable read. ( )
  silva_44 | Dec 4, 2012 |
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"Don't the moon look lonesome shining through the trees?  Ah, don't the moon look lonesome shining through the trees?  Don't your house look lonesome when your baby pack up to leave?"
For Martha and Lillian, Ned and Bey, for the laughter, the love and the music
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Here Maya Angelou, dazzling entertainer, casts  the spotlight on her show business career -- a  pageant of international scope. Maya, the woman,  shares her sad, failed marriage to a white man, her  early motherhood and achingly sensitive  relationship with her young son, and her bone-deep, painful  suspicion of the white world that welcomes her  talent so dramatically ...

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In this third volume of her autobiography, Maya Angelou, dazzling entertainer, casts the spotlight on her show business career.

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