Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now by Maya Angelou

Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now by Maya Angelou
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Every time I read something Maya Angelou has set to paper, I want to curl up inside of it and never leave. I can’t get enough of her voice.

This is a book of essays. Angelou gives her opinion on a range of topics ranging from fashion to spiritual practice.

She holds a deep space for values that have long been prized. This was published in 1993, so I wasn’t expecting her advice to be applicable today, but I found it timeless. Her wisdom has an “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” vibe that I think most people can appreciate. Most of it is basic decency and common sense.

In 1993, she warned of corrosive practices and a loss of integrity that would only get worse over the coming decades and prove her right.

I read this book to fulfill a reading challenge category, “A bestseller within 5 years of your 18th birthday.” I turned 18 in 1994, so listening to something that is so both so of-the-times and timeless, gave me a huge dose of nostalgia. I’m not usually a “things were better back when…” kind of person, but with this book, Angelou has carried forward everything that was worth carrying.

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