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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Angelou, Maya (Paperback - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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A black woman recalls the anguish of her childhood in Arkansas and her adolescence in northern slums.
Authors: Angelou, Maya
Statement of Responsibility: Maya Angelou
Title: I know why the caged bird sings
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2009, c1969
Edition: Ballantine Books mass market ed
Characteristics: 289 p. ; 18 cm.
Notes: Originally published: New York : Random House, 1970
Summary: A black woman recalls the anguish of her childhood in Arkansas and her adolescence in northern slums.
Study Program: Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning UG 6.7 13
Subject Headings: Angelou, Maya Childhood and youth Angelou, Maya Homes and haunts Arkansas African Americans Biography Authors, American 20th century Biography Authors, American Homes and haunts Arkansas African American families Arkansas Entertainers United States Biography Arkansas Social life and customs Arkansas Intellectual life 20th century
Topical Term: African Americans
Authors, American
Authors, American
African American families
Entertainers
ISBN: 9780345514400
0345514408
Branch Call Number: B Angelou A
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an African American woman recalls her childhood in Arkansas and her adolescence in northern slums.

The author's beautiful and blunt autobiography is required reading for most students in the U.S. It has made the top 10 3 times in the last 10 years - probably due her description of a rape.


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Although you are gone, your words will still live on. Rest in peace Maya Angelou.

Jan 23, 2014
  • celtlass rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I wish I had read this book as a teenager. It's assigned reading in many high schools, and that might have taken all the fun out of it, but this book gave a frank and yet beautiful look into a life. I was craving this type of narrative as a teenager, rather than the supposedly symbolic and deep novels like "Grapes of Wrath" that made me cringe away from humanity. This book acknowledged human failures while still being able to praise the human spirit, the strength of women... it was real.

this book is beutiful with some parts that made me want to cry I recommened this book to any fellow book lover

i still cant get the book!!!! >_<

Aug 08, 2012
  • starco77 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book contains many metaphors that add to the narrative to capture a better sense of the scenario of the effect of the struggles female growing up during the Depression.

Mar 31, 2011
  • vwruleschick rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A story about herself, Margarite Johnson, about her growing up with divorced parents, being raised by her Momma (Grandmother in AK) with her older brother Bailey and the challenges that come their way as they grow and get to know one another, as well as, finding herself.

Mar 23, 2010
  • lkelly rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Thoroughly enjoyable and beautifully written, Maya Angelou chronicles her life with humour and tragedy - it is a reminder of how human beings can be so cruel.

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Nov 29, 2012
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Sep 19, 2012
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Jul 07, 2014
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

[When I was 8 years old] my mother would take me in to sleep with her, in the large bed with Mr. Freeman. ...[he] pulled me to him and put his hand between my legs. ...He threw back the covers and his "thing" stood up like a brown ear of corn. He took my hand and said, "Feel it." … he dragged me on top of his chest with his left arm, and his right hand was moving so fast.... Finally he was quiet, and then came the nice part. This was probably my real father ….

Sep 10, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

The Well of Loneliness was my introduction to lesbianism and was I thought of as pornography. For months the book was both a treat and a threat. It allowed me to see a little of the mysterious world of the pervert. It stimulated my libido.

Sep 10, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

His pants were open and his ‘thing’ was standing out of his britches by itself. ..He grabbed my arm and pulled me between his legs. He said, “Now, this ain’t gonna hurt you much. You liked it before, didn’t you?” …His legs were squeezing my waist. “Pull down your drawers.” ..”If you scream, I’m gonna kill you. And if you tell, I’m gonna kill Bailey.”…Then there was the pain. A breaking and entering when even the senses are torn apart. The act of rape on an eight-year-old body is a matter of the needle giving because the camel can’t. ..I thought I had died.

Sep 10, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

it was his ‘thing’ on my leg. Mr. Freeman pulled me to him, and put his hand between my legs…He threw back the blankets and his ‘thing’ stood up like a brown ear of corn. He took my hand and said, “Feel it.” It was mushy and squirmy like the inside of a freshly killed chicken. Then he dragged me on top of his chest.

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