I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

  • by Maya Angelou
  • Narrated by Maya Angelou
  • 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this first of six volumes of autobiography, poet Maya Angelou recounts a youth filled with disappointment, frustration, tragedy, and finally hard-won independence. Sent at a young age to live with her grandmother in Arkansas, Angelou learned a great deal from this exceptional woman and the tightly knit black community there. These very lessons carried her throughout the hardships she endured later in life, including a tragic occurrence while visiting her mother in St. Louis and her formative years spent in California, where an unwanted pregnancy changed her life forever.

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"I know that not since the days of my childhood, when people in books were more real than the people one saw every day, have I found myself more moved." James Baldwin

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I know why the caged bird sings

What an amazing women. I love to hear how people grow through trauma & what happened to her at eight was so well articulated it moved me beyond comprehension. It also help me to put into perspective my own life lessons.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-03-2006
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK