Currently Reading: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


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I’m still working my way through The Signal and the Noise (currently at 33%!), but I decided to alternate with another book – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. Part of this is because TSATN is taking forever to get through – though it is very interesting. The other part is practical: I checked out I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings from the library and it’s going to expire in a week.

The synopsis (from Amazon) is as follows:

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.

I’ve never read anything (aside from a few poems) by Maya Angelou so I figured it was about time. I can’t wait to delve into this book. I know Angelou’s poetry is beautiful and touching so I imagine this memoir will hit those same emotions.

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