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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Abridged)

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1. The memoir opens with a provocative refrain: "What you looking at me for? I didn't come to stay ... " What do you think this passage says about Ritie's sense of herself? How does she feel about her place in the world? How does she keep her identity intact?

2. Upon seeing her mother for the first time after years of separation, Ritie describes her as "a hurricane in its perfect power." What do you think about Ritie's relationship with her mother? How does it compare to her relationship with her grandmother, "Momma"?

3. The author writes, "If growing up is painful for the Southern Black girl, being aware of her displacement is the rust on the razor that threatens the throat." What do you make of the author's portrayal of race? How do Ritie and her family cope with the racial tension that permeates their lives?

4. Throughout the book, Ritie struggles with feelings that she is "bad" and "sinful," as her thoughts echo the admonitions of her strict religious upbringing. What does she learn at the end of the memoir about right and wrong?

5. What is the significance of the title as it relates to Ritie's self-imposed muteness?

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ISBN:
9780679451730
Read:
Angelou, Maya
Author:
Angelou, Maya
Author:
Maya Angelou, read by the author
Author:
Angelou, Maya
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
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General
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cultural heritage
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Literary
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People of Color
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American
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United states
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American - General
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Entertainers
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African American women authors - 20th century
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Entertainers -- United States.
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General Poetry
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Biography-Literary
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Edition Description:
Three CD
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Y
Publication Date:
19960931
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.09x5.69x1.00 in. .44 lbs.
Media Run Time:
180

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Abridged) New Compact Disc
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Product details pages Random House Audio Publishing Group - English 9780679451730 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Expand your poetry section with the works of one of America's leading literary greats — reissued on CD. Listen to the poems as they were meant to be heard — from the poet herself.
"Synopsis" by , She was born Marguerite, but her brother Bailey nicknamed her Maya ('mine'). As children, Maya and Bailey were sent to live with their grandmother is Stamps, Arkansas. Their early world revolved around this remarkable woman and the store she ran for the black community. Amidst the joys of Maya's childhood, the awful, unfathomable mystery of prejudice intruded. Then violence too, intruded upon Maya's world, when a visit to her mother ended in tragedy-rape. Thereafter, Maya refused to speak, except to the person closest to her, Bailey.
"Synopsis" by , 2 CDs / 3 hours

Read by the Author, Maya Angelou

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Superbly told--with the poet's gift for language and observation, and charged with the unforgettable emotion of remembered anguish and love--this remarkable autobiography by an equally remarkable black woman from Arkansas captures, indelibly, a world of which most Americans are unaware of.

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