Maya Angelou's most recent autobiography, Mom & Me & Mom, looked back on her complicated relationship with her mother. Doug Mills/AP hide caption

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Author Interviews

'Fresh Air' Remembers Poet And Memoirist Maya Angelou

In 1986, Angelou spoke to Terry Gross about Southern influences in her writing, her love of autobiography and how, as a traumatized young girl, poetry inspired her to start speaking again.


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Alder branches form a bridge in a Dumfriesshire, Scotland, stream. (Jan. 17, 2014) Andy Goldsworthy/ Abrams hide caption

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Fiston Mwanza Mujila was born in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo. Courtesy of Fiston Mwanza Mujila hide caption

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Patti Smith's memoir, Just Kids, won the National Book Award in 2010. Book critic Maureen Corrigan says her just-published new memoir, M Train, is a worthy — though altogether different — successor. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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Michael Solomonov describes Israeli-style hummus as "a marriage of chickpeas and tehina." Michael Persico/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hide caption

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Lady Gaga plays a mysterious character called the Countess on the new season of FX's American Horror Story, which begins on Wed. Suzanne Tenner/FX hide caption

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