The Heart Of A Woman by Maya Angelou

The book is an autobiographical account that delves into the life of an African American woman navigating the complexities of her existence during the civil rights era. It explores her journey through personal growth, motherhood, and activism, as she moves from California to New York City, and eventually to Ghana. Along the way, she encounters notable historical figures and immerses herself in the struggle for racial equality, all while striving to find her own voice and identity. The narrative is a poignant reflection on love, resilience, and the enduring spirit of a woman determined to claim her place in a turbulent world.

The 5429th greatest book of all time

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Total Points: 84

Since this book was first published in 1981, there is a penalty of 11.2%. The age adjusted score is 74.59.

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