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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Contributor(s): Angelou, Maya (Author), Winfrey, Oprah (Foreword by)

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ISBN: 0345514408     ISBN-13: 9780345514400
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Binding Type: Mass Market Paperbound - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: April 2009
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Annotation: Superbly told, with the poet's gift for language and observation, Angelou's autobiography of her childhood in Arkansas - a world of which most Americans are ignorant.

"From the Hardcover edition."

Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Biography & Autobiography | Literary Figures
- Biography & Autobiography | Cultural, Ethnic & Regional - African American & Black
- Biography & Autobiography | Women
Dewey: B
Lexile Measure: 860(Not Available)
Physical Information: 0.83" H x 4.32" W x 6.93" (0.33 lbs) 304 pages
Themes:
- Sex & Gender - Feminine
- Ethnic Orientation - African American
- Topical - Family
- Geographic Orientation - Arkansas
- Cultural Region - Mid-South
- Cultural Region - Southeast U.S.
- Cultural Region - South
Features: Ikids, Price on Product, Price on Product - Canadian
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 8660
Reading Level: 6.7   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 13.0
 
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Publisher Description:
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 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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