Format:
Book
Author:
Title:
Edition:
Ballantine Books mass market ed.
Publisher, Date:
New York : Ballantine Books, 2009, c1969.
Description:
289 p. ; 18 cm.
Summary:
A black woman recalls the anguish of her childhood in Arkansas and her adolescence in northern slums.
Notes:
Originally published: New York : Random House, 1970.
Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning UG 6.7 13.
Subjects:
ISBN:
9780345514400 (pbk.)
0345514408 (pbk.)
System Availability:
3
Current Holds:
0
Control Number:
955403
Other Number:
251201670
# System items in:
3
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Fiction/Biography Profile
Genre
NonFiction
Sociology
Family & relationships
Topics
Hardship
Childhood memories
Brothers and sisters
African American women
Identity
Single mothers
Grandmothers
Prejudice
Isolation
Segregation
Rape victims
Civil rights activists
Setting
Arkansas - South (U.S.)
Missouri - Midwest (U.S.)
California - West (U.S.)
- Africa
Time Period
-- 20th century
1930s-1970s -- 20th century
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Summary
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.<br>  <br> 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.<br>  <br> Poetic and powerful, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read.<br>   <br> " 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
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