I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou & Oprah Winfrey
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Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.
Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age—and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.
Poetic and powerful, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read.
“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity.”—James Baldwin
From the Paperback edition.
I have always been a fan of Maya Angelou's poems but never knew she wrote other things besides poetry. She opened my eyes to how life was for a young African American girl growing up in the south. Loved this book! Thank you Ms. Angelou for sharing your story.
This book was totally worth the read and it was very inspirational .
I regret to say that this is this first of Maya Angelou's writings that I have ever read. It was awesome. Now I see why she is an acclaimed author, poet and speaker...she went through some tremendous things in her youth where she learned to put them to pen and paper; speaking candidly from her heart and soul. Now I am on a quest to read more of her work. And as the result of reading this book, I am a changed woman!