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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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Here is a book as joyous and painful, and 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 first memoir, published in 1969 is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.

Sent by their mother to 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.” When she journeys at eight to her mother's side in St. Louis, she is attacked by a man many times her age. Years later, in San Francisco, she learns about love for herself — and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. The kindness of others, Maya's 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 — now in a beautiful keepsake edition — I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will touch hearts and change minds as long as people read.

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“More than a tour de force of language or the story of childhood suffering....A summary of the incidents cannot do this book justice; one has to read it to appreciate its sensitivity and life.” Newsweek

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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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“A beautiful book — an unconditionally involving memoir for our time or any time....Maya Angelou is a natural writer with an inordinate sense of life and she has written an exceptional autobiographical narrative.” Kirkus Reviews

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“Simultaneously touching and comic.” The New York Times

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“A heroic and beautiful book.” Cleveland Plain Dealer

Synopsis:

Superbly told, with the poet's gift for language and observation, Angelou's autobiography of her childhood in Arkansas — a world of which most Americans are ignorant.

About the Author

Poet, writer, performer, teacher, and director, Maya Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas, and then moved to San Francisco. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, beginning with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she has also written a cookbook, Hallelujah! The Welcome Table, and five poetry collections, including I Shall Not Be Moved and Shaker, Why Don't You Sing?

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zorareads, December 2, 2013 (view all comments by zorareads)
one of those books that gets you right in the gut, and stays with you forever. impeccably written, every single word is deliberate, you can't imagine changing a single one, or moving a single punctuation mark. I read this in high school, and still come back to it every few years. Captures the unique struggles in growing up as a black girl in a society that doesn't want to admit black girls exist. Beautiful and sad and inspiring. A literal must read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812980028
Author:
Angelou, Maya
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Subject:
American - African American
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
African American authors
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.22x5.74x.80 in. .75 lbs.

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Product details 304 pages Random House Trade - English 9780812980028 Reviews:
"Review" by , “More than a tour de force of language or the story of childhood suffering....A summary of the incidents cannot do this book justice; one has to read it to appreciate its sensitivity and life.”
"Review" by , 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.”
"Review" by , “A beautiful book — an unconditionally involving memoir for our time or any time....Maya Angelou is a natural writer with an inordinate sense of life and she has written an exceptional autobiographical narrative.”
"Review" by , “Simultaneously touching and comic.”
"Review" by , “A heroic and beautiful book.”
"Synopsis" by , Superbly told, with the poet's gift for language and observation, Angelou's autobiography of her childhood in Arkansas — a world of which most Americans are ignorant.
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