Book Review: Letter to My Daughter

This is a book review of Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou

I have a confession to make: I am intimidated by books that are featured on bestseller lists.

Despite being an avid reader, I am also a lazy reader and will always wonder what finding a highly-rated book boring will say about me. Will it mean I'm shallow and incapable of understanding deep and complex writings? I hope not. So in order not to have a definite answer to this question, I sorta avoid them all.

Such has been my history with Maya Angelou. I have crossed paths with her bestselling "I know Why the Caged Bird Sings" a few times but always shied away from reading it. So when I came across this slim paperback book by the famed Maya Angelou, I figured it would be a gently introduction to Maya and her writings; especially being written in a journal/letter format.

 My expectations were accurate. This was a very easy to read book and yet it packed an insightful punch. Written with autobiographical stories woven in, Maya shares life lessons she's learnt and provides a commentary on a wide-range of topics from the violence of rape, to vulgarity to the conduct of politicians.

Conclusion: This was a good read for me but it will not be a bookshelf staple simply because of my minimalist lifestyle rules - any book that I keep in hardcopy form has to be wowzers and hard to find. I purchased my copy from Goodwill and will be donating it back to them.

Favorite Quotes
There were a lot of quotables in this one but perhaps that one that resonated with me the most was
In an unfamiliar culture, it is wise to offer no innovations, no suggestions, or lessons
As an immigrant navigating my way through North American living, this is a nugget worth holding on to.

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