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Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas
Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas | Maya Angelou
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In this third self-contained volume of her autobiography, which began with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou moves into the adult world, and the white world as well, as she marries, enters show business, and tours Europe and Africa in Porgy and Bess. As the book opens, Maya, in order to support herself and her young son, gets a job in a record shop run by a white woman. Suspicious of almost any kindness shown her, she is particularly confused by the special attentions of a young white customer. Soon the relationship grows into love and then marriage, and Maya believes a permanent relationship is finally possible. But it is not to be, and she is again forced to look for work. This time she finds a job as a dancer in a sleazy San Francisco bar. Her remarkable talent, however, soon brings her attention of a different kind, and before long she is singing in one of the most popular nightclubs on the coast. From there, she is called to New York to join the cast of Porgy and Bess, which is just about to begin another tour abroad. The troupe's joyous and dramatic adventure through Italy, France, Greece, Yugoslavia, and Egypt becomes the centerpiece of Singin' and Swingin'. This remarkable portrayal of one of the most exciting and talented casts ever put together, and of the encounters between these larger-than-life personalities and audiences who had rarely seen black people before, makes a hilarious and poignant story. The excitement of the journey -- full of camaraderie, love affairs, and memorable personalities -- is dampened only by Maya's nagging guilt that she has once again abandoned the person she loves most in life, her son. Back home, and driven close to suicide by her guilt and concern, she takes her son with her to Hawaii, where she discovers that devotion and love, in spite of forced absence, have the power to heal and sustain. As always, Maya Angelou's writing is charged with that remarkable sense of life and love and unique celebration of the human condition that have won her such a loyal following. From the Hardcover edition.
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Booksnob
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Maya‘s 3rd autobiography. The one where she gets to travel and dance and sing for audiences.

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cathipink
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Pickpick

Picked this up at my local used bookstore (love the address label the previous owner had on the cover, and inside on a manuscript page). I didn't realize it was the 3rd of her memoirs 😬 but I think this works as a standalone. Looking forward to listening to I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings soon.

Theaelizabet I loved I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, then for some reason went no further with her books. I should rectify that some day. 5mo
cathipink @Theaelizabet I'm definitely hoping to read the full set, although maybe not all in a row. Interesting how Caged Bird is so popular but the other titles are harder to find. 5mo
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Peaslady
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Very disappointed. Loved her first, liked her second, but had to force my way through Angelou's third autobiography. I think the problem was a lack of character development. Whilst undeniably an incredible story it read like a list of roles she performed, countries she visited and people she met. Other characters were given mere hints of personality through an affectation or fashion choice, but I struggle to remember a single name in retrospect.

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Pickpick

This is the third installment of Maya Angelou‘s memoirs, mostly covering her tour with Porgy and Bess. It was very entertaining and recaptured the feeling of thespian life for me.

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I think I can finish this book before the new year begins! I‘ve got a few days and I think it‘s worth a try! I hope everyone that celebrates is enjoying the holidays. And I hope everyone is ready for the mew year! Here‘s to hoping it‘s not a complete dumpster fire!

Dragon Merry Christmas 🎄! 💚🐉 11mo
TheNextBook @dragon Merry Christmas!!!! 11mo
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GypsyKat
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This is my #BookHaul stack! I‘ve never heard of the tagged book, but I‘m a huge Maya Angelou fan and I love Christmas, so I‘m excited about it! ❤️

(Not pictured are several gifts 😁, and a stack of books from Thrift Books that I‘m sending back. I forgot that what they consider “good condition” I consider unacceptable. Ahh well.)

SMayWrites I've been eyeing Paula Brackstons books for a while. I see you have two in your pile! Have you read any? What did you think? 14mo
GypsyKat @SMayWrites I‘ve never read any, but these were on my TBR list and they were a steal on Book Outlet. 14mo
SMayWrites @GypsyKat I may just have to check that out! 14mo
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GypsyKat @SMayWrites I like to have Witchy reads for October. 🎃 14mo
Elma I just had the same thing happen with Thrift Books. The copy was supposed to be 'very good' but was somewhere between 'fair' and 'good'. So disappointing. 14mo
GypsyKat @Elma That‘s how they always are for me. They‘re “like new” are more like good to very good. I used to only buy “like new” on there because of that, but it‘s been a while since I ordered and I forgot. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 14mo
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ValerieAndBooks
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I think this may be my most long title in my library. This is # 3 in Maya Angelou's autobiography series and covers the part of her life as a singer, dancer, and being in the cast of Porgy and Bess as it toured the world. Fascinating but her first "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" is the strongest in the series. #longtitle

RealLifeReading I didn't know that there was more to I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings! I'll have to go check these out 3y
ValerieAndBooks @RealLifeReading I did not know myself for the longest time either. Once I did, I devoured them all! I'll post a pic 😊 3y
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