I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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.

Title:I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages:246 pages

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Reviews

  • Arthur Graham
    Jul 27, 2015

    I must confess I've read precious little Angelou in my time, but I'll never forget the day she tipped me $20.It was some random gray day in Marquette, Michigan, must've been the winter of '00, and I w...

  • Brad
    Jun 26, 2008

    I really enjoyed this book. It was required reading for a University course I took on Adolescent Literature.This book has been placed on banned book lists by needlessly close-minded people for it's re...

  • Brian
    May 28, 2014

    My mother could never really speak to me about the abuse she suffered as a little girl - the closest we came to talking about her experiences occurred when we read this painful and important book toge...

  • Dawn
    Aug 11, 2016

    May 2014: I wrote this review a year and a half ago. It is written from the perspective of a parent who cares about what her teenage children read in school. I hope it may be useful to other parents, ...

  • Nandakishore Varma
    Sep 09, 2015

    Caged BirdA free bird leapson the back of the windand floats downstreamtill the current endsand dips his wingin the orange sun raysand dares to claim the sky.But a bird that stalksdown his narrow cag...

  • Rowena
    Nov 14, 2012

    I'm quite ashamed that it's taken me this long to read this book. Maya Angelou is so inspirational to many people so reading about her childhood and adolescence was really special. I found her autobio...

  • Jean
    Oct 18, 2016

    I have only ever given 5 stars to two autobiographies. One was written by a white English man; the other by a black American woman. On the surface you would think they could have very little in common...

  • Nicole~
    Oct 28, 2014

    4.5 starsI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a personal account told in the voice of a child cleverly reconstructed by an adult narrator. Through the observations of Maya, the child, comes a coming-of-...

  • Candi
    Mar 17, 2015

    The first of a series of autobiographies by Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is simultaneously heartrending and inspiring. This beautiful memoir of Ms. Angelou’s years as a child up to ...

  • Jami
    Aug 13, 2016

    In her nonfiction autobiography, Maya Angelou describes her life from her young girl life up to the birth of her first child at age 16. The book drew me in at the very beginning because of the talent ...