A phenomenal #1 bestseller that has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly three years, this memoir traces Maya Angelou's childhood in a small, rural community during the 1930s. Filled with images and recollections that point to the dignity and courage of black men and women, Angelou paints a sometimes disquieting, but always affecting picture of the peopleand the timesthat touched her life.
Rita R, May 29, 2014 (view all comments by Rita R)
Now that Maya Angelou will never write another word, I turn back to this classic to be reminded, once again, of her beautiful --yet difficult -- voice, and the life she spun from some difficult and chaotic times. This should be required reading...
Taylor M B, March 3, 2011 (view all comments by Taylor M B)
Everyone in America has heard the name Maya Angelou, we all have a picture of her in our head. What is amazing is her life and how easily accessible it is. After reading "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" I felt as though I grew up with her.
Ms. Angelou does everything from becoming the first African American female to conduct a cable car in San Francisco to touring the world with an opera company. If a girl who grew up in the deep south in the 1930's can go on to be Maya Angelou then anyone can overcome their surroundings and become whatever they dream, that message is what makes this book so important.
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