I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

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Read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Online Free - 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. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her 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, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read.

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


Brina rated it ★★★★★

February 12, 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 m...

Brad rated it ★★★★★

June 26, 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...

Brian rated it ★★★★☆

May 28, 2014

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...

Nandakishore rated it ★★★★☆

September 09, 2015

Caged Bird A free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wing in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky. But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his...

Matthias rated it ★★★★☆

October 13, 2017

I was sitting on a bench as I enjoyed the last bits of warm sunlight the dying summer was oozing out, scrutinizing a newspaper while calculatedly assuming a thoughtful gaze. This little girl ran up to me. She said "Mister, mister, I know why the caged bird sings!" I looked up from reading the fina...

Jean rated it ★★★★★

June 18, 2017

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...

Dawn rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 11, 2016

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 th...

Rowena rated it ★★★★☆

November 14, 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 childh...

Mohamed rated it ★★★★☆

January 10, 2018

قد نعتقد واهمين بأن العنصرية، كما تصورها الأفلام والروايات، ضد السود قد ولت وانتهت بعد أن أصبح الإنسان أكثر تحضرًا وتمدّنًا. وعليه قد يبدو الاطلاع على هذه الأفلام والروايات نوعًا من أنواع اللذة المازوخية التي يطيب لنا أن ننغمس فيها بين فينة وأخرى. ولكننا في الحقيقة استطعنا التخلص من العنصرية كسلوك...

Tulay rated it ★★★★☆

June 03, 2017

Honest story, inspiring. Childhood memories, living in Arkansas with grandmother, later in St. Louis with mother. Sexual abuse when she was eight years old. Brother Bailey, there love and support, hopes for the future. Back to San Francisco with mother, questioning herself about her sexuality. She...

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