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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings | [Maya Angelou]

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age - and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. But years later, she learns about love for herself and the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors.
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Publisher's Summary

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 - or listen.

©1969 Maya Angelou (P)2010 Random House

What the Critics Say

"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity.” (James Baldwin)

“A beautiful book - an unconditionally involving memoir for our time or any time.... Maya Angelou is a natural writer with an inordinate sense of life and she has written an exceptional autobiographical narrative.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Simultaneously touching and comic.” (The New York Times)

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    Lynn MILLWOOD, VA, United States 01-14-14
    Lynn MILLWOOD, VA, United States 01-14-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Insightful and touching"
    Where does I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings?

    There were many moments or learning and awakening.


    What about Maya Angelou’s performance did you like?

    I feel like I was with her. So real!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both!


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Chelsea WILMINGTON, DE, United States 09-08-13
    Chelsea WILMINGTON, DE, United States 09-08-13
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    "Really good book!"
    What made the experience of listening to I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings the most enjoyable?

    Maya Angelou was reading the book.


    What other book might you compare I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings to and why?

    N/A


    Which character – as performed by Maya Angelou – was your favorite?

    Her GrandMother.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh and made me upset sometimes. I don't want to give to much detail of the book.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer rochester, NY, United States 02-19-13
    Amazon Customer rochester, NY, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "a much loved book"
    If you could sum up I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in three words, what would they be?

    overcome


    What did you like best about this story?

    the details of her life growing up


    What does Maya Angelou bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dr. Angelou's voice telling her own story cannot be surpassed. However, it felt like she may have recorded the narrative more recently, as her narrative sometimes fumbles, almost as if she's not reading her own words. But wouldn't trade her voice for anyone else.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Rochester, MN, United States 06-28-12
    Michael Rochester, MN, United States 06-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I love Maya Angelou!"

    What a joy it was to listen to Maya Angelou narrate her story! The book is wonderful, and to have her narrate it made it amazing. I was sad when the book ended because I wanted to go on listening to her voice.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Miss Toni San Diego 06-30-13
    Miss Toni San Diego 06-30-13
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    "Emotional & Powerful"

    I dont know if I should be admitting this but I am, this was my first Maya Angelou book. I mean, I remember reading this book in early grade school but as a child I could have never grasped the meaning. Reading this story now as an adult I appreciate her honesty. Her narrative tone placed me by her side. I walked with her, laughed with her, hurt with her, and hugged her. This story took me to the place when I questioned my placement in the world and my natural beauty. I applaud Maya Angelou for being ever so brave to share her story. This story has encouraged me to always remain true to myself, seek the guidence of the Lord , and never never lose my faith. Thank you for writing this story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anna New York, NY, United States 03-19-13
    Anna New York, NY, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    What did you like best about I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings? What did you like least?

    I loved Maya Angelou's reading of the book. The story was interesting but not riveting because it simply listed and did not delve into events.


    Was I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings worth the listening time?

    It was, if only to become more acquainted with Maya Angelou.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen United States 11-25-11
    Kathleen United States 11-25-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Amazing! Awesome!"

    I love Maya Angelou!
    Her voice and her story are incredible. Listening to her tell it is like having my own private sessions with this incredible woman.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Wyoming, MI, United States 07-19-12
    Brad Wyoming, MI, United States 07-19-12
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    "What a story."
    If you could sum up I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in three words, what would they be?

    An amazing story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story of Maya's early life was pretty amazing.


    What aspect of Maya Angelou’s performance would you have changed?

    Her performance wasn't perfect, but it worked.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Brian 02-21-14
    Brian 02-21-14
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    "Just like listening to Grandma tell you stories"
    If you could sum up I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in three words, what would they be?

    Real
    Horrific
    Delightful


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the glimpses allowed into the mind of Maya, the way she thought, the way she saw the world.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    "Preach it!"


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several moments in this book were life-changing for Maya, but hearing her tell them was life-changing for me.


    Any additional comments?

    It's difficult to hear of the hardships and struggles of a young girl, but it is also good to see the strength and resilience of the human spirit.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 09-29-14
    Lisa 09-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't have loved it more!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings to be better than the print version?

    I have only heard the audio edition, but I can't imagine reading it myself. It was so great to hear Maya Angelou read it in her own words, it was like being there with her again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything. The candor about her youth and the struggles of her family. I learned so much about that point in history that is never talked about, it was so enlightening. There was so much to this book, every emotion is experienced.


    What about Maya Angelou’s performance did you like?

    Everything.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish all of her books were on audio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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