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It is the first and probably the most popular of six volumes of Maya Angelou's autobiography. The story covers the years from her childhood in early 1930s, up until the birth of her son at the age of 16.
After their parents' divorce Maya and her brother Bailey are sent to their paternal grandmother in rural, racially didided Stamps in Arkansas. Although Ku Klux Klan is a constant threat to the family, the grandmother manages to instill strength and pride in the children.
“Sometimes joyous, sometimes tragic, Ms. Angelou paints a picture not only of her own life but of all young women who have had to struggle up from poverty by the strength of their own will” - Fruit Loop (Down South)
“Through her story, you can really come to understand the life of an American black female in the 1930s” - Stephan C. Nance (Oregon)
“...it may make you feel fortunate for what you have” - Steph “Steph” (Pittsburgh)
“Reading 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings' gives you more than a story, it gives you insight into the birth of one of the greatest poets of our time: Maya Angelou”. - Josephine Thompson “Torn From The Inside Out” (Oklahoma, USA)
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