Maya’s Ode to Mom

Maya’s Ode to Mom

In her seventh memoir, Mom & Me & Mom, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Maya Angelou recalls moving back in with her mother at age 14 after more than a half-decade apart. She describes the challenges of rebuilding the relationship—it took Angelou years to switch from “lady” to “mom”—but also focuses on its colorful rewards: When she worked as San Francisco’s first female streetcar conductor, for instance, Angelou’s mother would drive behind her through the night-shift, gun in hand, for protection.

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This article originally appeared on Zola Books.