I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
ISBN: 0553279378
EAN13: 9780553279375
Language: English
Pages: 304
Dimensions: 0.8" H x 6.6" L x 4.1" W
Weight: 1.2 lbs.
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Maya Angelou's debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. Her life story is told in the documentary film And Still I Rise, as seen on PBS's American Masters.

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

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   This book is actually fantastic! Angelou writes about such heavy issues (abandonment
I was not excited about this book before reading it. This book is very good. The reader doesn't feel overwhelmed or put off by her writing, which is so crisp and smart. The writing is engaging. The vivid and delightful pictures of her childhood experiences are painted by Angelou. She does a great job of communicating in less than 300 pages. There are many gems on the page. The book is rich with meaning and literary technique.
This wasn't a sit down and don't stop reading until you finish book experience for me, but it was still very profound. I would read a chapter a day for awhile and then read more light hearted offerings, then come back and read more and then again. The positive, the negative, the good and the sin were all written about by Maya Angelou. It was hard to know the awful things that happened in her formative years after hearing and seeing this beautiful woman. Take your time, walk with her, and you may be surprised by what you find.
I picked it up the weekend before Maya passed. She knows the English language. It was engaging and pointed. This book about her early years proves that determination can conquer all. She reached great heights and rose above this. As an adult facing life challenges everyday, it is fascinating to read this again, 30 years later. The book is captivating and inspiring. For young adults, high school+ and older adults. The caged bird paved the way for other birds.
   Still haven't finished it yet
I really like the way this story is told, even though I haven't finished the book yet. I am glad I ordered this book because it is truly eye opening for me. I am 34 of the way through it and it's not something I like, but it is a story that she had the courage to tell. It's nice to learn from the past and try to change the way you think of people of another race. I'm trying to educate myself so that I can learn more about someone who is different from me. This story opens my mind and I'm grateful for it.
This memoir is powerful. The strength she found in adversity is chronicled in the tragedy of her childhood. It's complex and hard to read, but worth it.
   better than expectations
I've heard of this book for a long time and finally read it. It's a must read. It's sad and great and a real person's life is very different than mine.
Maya Angelou's story goes from infancy to early adulthood. Whether she's telling about funny or heinous things, her voice is very important. The book is both eye opening and enjoyable to read. There are a number of sequels written by Maya Angelou, all worth reading, but they are not as good as the original.
   Entertaining and Informative.
A 63 year-pld white woman who grew up in the mid-west in the 50s60s has an eye-openning. It was interesting to look at another woman's life from a different perspective. In the real world, non-fiction stories don't tie everything up into one neat bow in the end.
   Why am I reading this amazing book so late in life?
Most people know the title of this book, which is called Maya Angelou. I have been reading nonfiction for a long time. I've been interested in a few subjects, but rarely turned to fiction. I picked this up because of the attempt to remedy my ignorantness, as well as the fact that it was only two dollars on Bookbub. Maya Angelou was a giant figure in American literature, and I now understand why. She brings the reader into her world of social tensions and appreciation of her culture in her language. I came to a great appreciation of this major writer, because she demonstrated the degree of her strength and intelligence.
   The most beautiful biography.
I know why the caged bird sings is a beautiful tale of life and what it means to be raised as a negro girl. Maya shared her experiences, bringing you into her journeys, her attack, and her reactions to abandonment and trying to find her way in a life that could be so cruel for blacks in the 1900s. Her prose is very good. This book was wonderful, and I still love Maya Angelou. 5 stars!