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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Written by Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
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Category: Biography & Autobiography - People of Color; Biography & Autobiography - Literary; Biography & Autobiography - Personal Memoirs
Imprint: Ballantine Books
Format: Paperback
Pub Date: April 2009
Price: $6.99
Can. Price: $8.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-51440-0 (0-345-51440-8)
Pages: 304
Also available as an abridged audio CD, abridged audiobook download, unabridged audiobook download, eBook, hardcover and a trade paperback.



 
Selected for Common Reading at Green River Community College (Auburn, WA)

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 about love for herself and 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 is a modern American classic that will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read.



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, 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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