I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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. Yea...

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Title:I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Author:Maya Angelou
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ISBN:0553279378
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages:246 pages

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Reviews

  • Brad
    Mar 29, 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 real life content.The book tastefully addresses issues of molestation, rape, racism. But it does so wi...
  • Brian
    Jan 27, 2009
    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 together. I imagine that Maya's book has allowed countless women who have suffered similar horrors an op...
  • Rowena
    Jan 29, 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 autobiography tragic and also hopeful at the same time. Things have changed a lot since Angelou's childhood...
  • Dawn
    Jan 23, 2013
    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, teens, and anyone else who cares about content and wants to make informed decisions about what they ...
  • Frankie
    Feb 12, 2017
    Read along with a friend. Enjoyed it but it was another coming of age story which I have read a lot recently. Got a little boring for me at times. Loved the writing but probs wont pick up the next couple of books. ...
  • Arthur Graham
    Nov 29, 2013
    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 was washing dishes as usual at the downtown Landmark Inn. Someone tapped me on the shoulder and said,...
  • Jean
    Jan 07, 2014
    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, yet they do. They both have insight and compassion, which comes through in every sentence. They ha...
  • Candi
    May 26, 2014
    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 the age of seventeen exemplifies the resilience of a strong human spirit. Living with her grandmo...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    Jun 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 cagecan seldom see throughhis bars of ragehis wings are clipped andhis feet are tiedso he opens his thr...
  • Brina
    Feb 11, 2017
    Maya Angelou was a poet and Nobel laureate who once gave an address at President Clinton's inauguration. Before she won her multitudes of awards and honors, Maya was raised in rural Stamps, Arkansas by her grandmother and uncle during the depression. First published in 1969 and now considered a mode...