I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou
- Voted #5 of the Top 100 Books of the 20th Century
- 8 Time AALBC.com Bestselling Book!
- Selected for 1 Book Club’s Reading List
Publication Date: Apr 21, 2009
Page Count: 304
Imprint: Ballantine Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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.
Superbly told, with the poet's gift for language and observation, Angelou's autobiography of her childhood in Arkansas.