I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words. This memoir is a modern classic that will touch hearts and change minds.

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  • Tammy Morris
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is an amazing poetry book. The author is definitely inspirational."
  • Jack Powell
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is a poetry so it may not match this topic very well. Still, it is a good book."
  • Ashley Boyd
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The abuse and sadness the female character endures endeared her to me as I prayed for her survival and happiness. In a time of oppression Maya found ways to cope though her trials were long-lasting. This books helps me remember how bigotry affected millions of people for many a generation."
  • Juan Cruz
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book is about blackfolks. Of course it was written to get attention of blacks. There are better poets out there and writings of poetry than this. Angelou just goes on and on about depression and dissatisfaction, not very enticing nor exciting."
  • Joshua Owens
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is one of the rare books you can read that holds nothing back. Centered around the inner voice of a young black child, you see everything as you would as if you were her. Its a huge shoutout towards black hatred from whites and is powerful enough that people have attempted to ban it from being read by children. "
  • Samuel Mason
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings tells a story of bigotry. I don't know if it is really reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird"
  • John Chang
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The title of this book caught my eye in the bookstore awhile back, and I was amazed by its inspirational and timely themes. A powerful book that is bound to be classic. "
  • Vishal Sen
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a light biography as it follows the lives of two kids who are sent to live with their Grandmother in the heart of the South. They endure prejudice, heartache, love, and loss. Overall it's quite a good look at the way the world was through their eyes growing up, and it's enlightening. I would highly recommend reading it. "
    Laura Tucker
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is an absolute classic. It's world renowned and often read in high school English classes now. Maya Angelou is a remarkable, inspirational person and her memoir is a wonderful choice to read."
  • Adam Carr
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. 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. "
  • Anonymous
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "Maya Angelou has such a nice, strong voice, perfect for narrating her own story. The book in itself is already stunning, but her voice just takes it to the next level of awesomeness. I got goosebumps while listening!"
  • Howard Payne
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "I was snooping around Amazon bookseller and thought I would give Maya Angelou a read. I bought "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" and now I know why she is such a well known author. Her subject matter is difficult, but she writes in a captivating and interesting way to keep the reader completely enthralled. A must read for any person wanting to know what it is like to be black in America. "
    Kevin Bowman
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "I loved I know why the Caged Bird Sings. You can really get appreciation for this book as you get older. It handles some deep, very relatable issues, and it so very true to life that it is constantly a beautiful reflection piece for me."
  • Judy Woods
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Written in 1968 you won't believe just how well this book's story stacks up today. Just every bit as good as when I read it as a little girl."
  • Kathryn Turner
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I was trying to find a great women's biography book to give my daughter for her birthday. I remembered reading this book when I was in school and got it for her. It is an amazing and powerful book to read. "
  • Claire Ma
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is an important work of African-American literature. Written with care and poise, this story unblinkingly shows the impact of hate and discrimination on black lives. I really appreciated having my eyes opened to the struggle that so many have lived and felt inspired to make change in my own life."
  • Harold Hudson
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "It's a roller coaster ride of emotions. The events described are both heartbreaking and uplifting. I'm normally not a fan of her books and writing style but this one hit the mark."
  • Patrick Brewer
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "When I graduated from college my first job was teaching school in a place called...Stamps Arkansas.. the place Maya Angelou writes of. I can attest to the feel of the place. The young Maya has a story about growing up and being abused..neglected..and forgotten. Her strength is phenomenal in the book and in her life. I have a surreal story about this book. When I still in college my African American Best Friend/room mate had a horrible toothache.. He was horrified of the dentist and let things get bad. The last night before going to the dentist he was in great pain.. I stayed up all night reading I know why the caged bird sings.. and this was the only way he was able to rest..He did finally fall asleep. The book is amazing."
    Sean Lewis
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "What can I say? It's a book by Maya Angelou, one of the greatest authors of our past. This book is necessary in understanding part of America's past that most will never have known. Fantastic!"
    Sonia Varela
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "I do not know about this book"
  • Jeffrey Black
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "I love Maya Angelou book. She has a pure uncensored outlook on life that is just so realistic. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings I think the bigotry represented in this book relates to the bigotry we are seeing in today's America. It's powerful, moving, and sometimes frightening if you have never experienced anything mentioned in this book. "
    Dylan Bates
    Written on June 7, 2017
    "i dont not recommend this book simple because i don't like it's content however for those who prefer books with that content, i would say it would be a great investment f our time based on the book ratings (4.5 from 2,7777 customers)"
    David Dunn
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "Maya Angelou is one of the most known writers in the current genre. Her books are renowned as must-read and get great reviews from critics all over the world. If you're looking for a good non-fiction author you've found it."
    Kyle Lucas
    Written on April 23, 2017
    "This is Maya Angelou’s first memoir, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. Its the story of a sweet, honest black child growing up. I've owned this book for years and have read it many times. It is one of my favorite."
  • Christine Rodriguez
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Similar in style and composition to The Glass Castle, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a must read for just about anyone. It's a classic by Maya Angelou and I'm a better person for reading it."
  • Cristina Zamudio
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This book makes you sit and think. It shines a light on issues in a way that I hadn't thought of before. A must read. "
  • Echo Wan
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book was an incredible story of a young girl who grew up to be a hero. It was captivating and kept my interest from start to finish. I highly recommend reading this amazing story."
  • Zachary Stanley
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "I've been wanting to read this book for years, finally got it and read it. Overall a solid book. Plenty of similes and metaphors, actually way too many similes and metaphors. I wasn't astounded by this book there were only a few gripping parts in the novel, but I was impressed by Maya Angelou's eloquence. Angelou simply is put smooth. She could say something rude, vulgaric, inappropriate or pretentious, but she presents it in a disarming way. Her style is extremely eloquent. The book itself(telling of her life) isn't necessarily captivating it's her style that is. If you're looking for a riveting tale filled with adventure this isn't your book."
    Pamela Salazar
    Written on February 10, 2017
    "A book about the extraordinary resilience of women, and the power of black women to resist the forces rising against her. The sorrows of this book are tremendous and overwhelming, and we are able to feel a much-needed voice in modern fiction. It is a feminist classic that opened the world of black women to readers all over the world. "
    Bruce Armstrong
    Written on January 9, 2017
    "I highly recommend this book. It is definitely a page turner. You take this journey right along with the author, from heartbreak to Triumph and everything in between. This truly is a modern day classic."
  • David Caballero
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is the self written memoir of Maya Angelou. Maya is my favorite modern poet and so this was a great read. It's not about birds though so while this is a great book I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to someone looking for books about birds. "
  • Christopher Martinez
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. This memoir is a modern American classic thet will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read. good book"
  • Brandon Lawrence
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Not really sure."
  • Mary Gomez
    Written on March 1, 2018
    "This book really helped to change my outlook on race-relations in the US. I was especially moved by the experiences of the children who were the main characters, and how the world was shown through their eyes. It's a great American classic."
  • Raymond Gibson
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is a great and touching memoir of the struggles Maya Angelou experienced as a child. It deals with her facing a lot of abuse and racism as a child and struggling to make sense of it. It has some very heavy sections and is not a light-hearted read."
  • Frances Baker
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This book solution is a great book by Maya Angelou. I love the work that she does in her writings. The person who is seeking American women books will be satisfied with this author. The solution goes well with the topic."
  • Charles Pearson
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "So empowering."
  • Melissa Hicks
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The book is definitely a qualifying example of a solution, as the title is a sentence- thus, right there I'd say this is a great solution. The book is also a classic, written by a long-adored and easily relatable author, and would definitely be considered one of the "best"."
  • Donna Hayes
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is the perfect suggestion. In order to know why Black Lives Matter exists and why the feelings run so deep, you need to understand the history of oppression. No one explains that better than Maya Angelou. Her words are profound and cut deep. Reading this book will make you understand why Black Lives Matter is not just a new thing, it's a response to years of systematic racism. "
  • Irma Mondragón
    Written on November 26, 2017
    "It is always helpful when you are feeling lonely and down to see, or read about those less fortunate then yourself. It helps you realize sometimes your problems are not as bad as you think. This book is a wonderful inspirational read, not just for the lonely but for all people."
  • Ronald Gray
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "A true inspirational story that will make you cry with joy, and with sadness. This moved me to tears and made me want to call my family up and let them know I love them. "
  • Matthew Castillo
    Written on November 25, 2017
    "I don't read much, I just don't have the time. A friend told me that I really needed to read this book though. I'm glad I listened. Do yourself a favor and take the time to read this book. It truly is one of the best things I've read in a long time."
    Arthur Holland
    Written on October 29, 2017
    "This is a good book that everyone should read. It's very inspirational and tells a compelling story. Maya Angelou was an incredible author that changed many lives. It's a very good book."
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