I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou
Biography & Memoir
Aug 29, 2018
When you discover that a person has written six books of autobiography, you’re bound to wonder: Is she just a prolific narcissist, or has she really lived a six-volume life? If she’s Maya Angelou, there’s no doubt that the latter is the case: So compelling is her private story, so extravagant her public gifts, so generous her embrace of every level of experience that six volumes hardly seem enough. These books—written over a span of thirty years—cover only half of the author’s remarkable life. In fact, the last volume ends with her just beginning to write the first.
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I grew up about 20 miles from Stamps, Arkansas. From this, the first I read, to the collections produced late in her life, Angelou’s words spoke to me like nothing before. Around 1990, the job of escorting her to a speaking engagement deep in the Delta of the state. Stunned that I had been chosen to do this and thrilled that I was going to be with her and hear her live, I counted the hours for this event. Then, I received a copy of the three-single-spaced list of her “requirements.” I had had a similar gig for other famous people, none had made such requests. The one-hour “show” left me breathless but the experience was disappointing, as I learned to deal with the diva mentality behind the scenes. The experience shaded my experience of hearing and reading her thereafter. But, on dark days, or troubled times, guess what comes off my shelf to be read for soothing? I haven’t lived in Arkansas for some 30 years, but her words can reach a base in me like no others.
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Oct 18, 2018
Maya Angelou is amazing
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Oct 28, 2018
Oh how I love Maya Angelou. Amazing writer, fantastic woman and wise poet, I always felt like she was speaking directly to me in her memoirs.
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Nov 28, 2018
Moving.
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Jan 4, 2019
Her voice was so unique and her point of view never wavered.
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It's honest about the brutality of life, while also keeping an optimistic look at the world.
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Read this in HS and have thought of it so many times over the years since!
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Feb 19, 2019
Impact...
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Mar 11, 2019
A major voice for women especially women of color.
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May 14, 2019
Simply powerful.
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Jun 27, 2019
It vividly describes a time and experience that increasing becomes more obscure. I think that this is a book that is only going to grow in significance as time goes on.
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Worth multiple reads over the years.
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