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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


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ISBN13: 9780553279375
ISBN10: 0553279378
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Memoirist, novelist, poet, and dramatist, Maya Angelou is one of the best-loved writers of our time. She is widely acclaimed for her searing, inspiring writingsand she has been praised for confronting both the racial and sexual pressures on black women, and for infusing her work with a perspective on larger social and political movements, including civil rights.

In the volumes of her bestselling personal storyone of the most remarkable narratives ever sharedMaya Angelou writes about the struggles and triumphs of her extraordinary life with candor, humor, poignancy, and grace. These include:

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

The classic autobiography of her young years.

Gather Together In My Name

The coming-of-age story of her struggle for survival as a young unwed mother.

Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas

The saga of her show business career, her failed marriage, and her early motherhood.

The Heart of a Woman

The turbulent story of her emergence as a writer and a political activist.

Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey Now

Her exhilarating collection of wisdom, spirituality, and life lessons.

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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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cookbook fan, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by cookbook fan)
excellent and inspirig!
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Kristin Bell, September 3, 2010 (view all comments by Kristin Bell)
“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” is Maya Angelou’s memoir of her life up until about her early twenties. Mostly set in the South, she tells of a semi-impoverished childhood in an early 20th century America that is still reeling from the legacy of slavery. Perhaps what is most striking about this memoir is that it was written in the 20th century, but the life she describes is very different than what people experienced even a mere 50 years later. The story is engrossing and at times horrifying, but always interesting. The only reason why I give this book four stars instead of five is that I felt the ending was a bit of a let down–perhaps because I wanted to read more. This book is well worth your time and effort and is an example of why Maya Angelou is so renowned.
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Product Details

Angelou, Maya
New York
People of Color
Afro-American women
Authors, American
African Americans
Afro-American women authors
Afro-Americans -- Biography.
cultural heritage
United states
African American women authors - 20th century
Entertainers -- United States.
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Bantam ed.
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Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
no. 28
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6.88x4.26x.91 in. .34 lbs.

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