Title: Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like ...
Publisher: Random House, NY
Publication Date: 1976
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
!st edition/1st printing of what is essentially the third volume of her autobiography by Maya Angelou, one of the sweetest ladies you could hope to meet and a frequent visitor to our bookstore. The book is in near fine condition with no flaws other than a very slight push at spine ends without wear. The dust jacket is vg(+) or better with no tears and is not price-clipped. The book is inscribed to "Pete & Vicki, Joy!" and signed on the front free endpaper. There is also a short note from P.(Pete) on a piece of Beverly Hills Hotel stationary to Maya laid loose in the book. Bookseller Inventory # PG-25-CP
Synopsis: 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 Publisher: 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 ...
"Honest, funny and heartwarming... The strenth o the book is Angelou's lyrical writing... a God-given gift." -- The Washington Star.
"The buoyant, gifted Maya Angelou continues her autobiography... both her joy and her despair have twice as much impact as most people's." -- New York Magazine.
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