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  • Published: New York : Random House, c1969.
  • Year Published: 1969
  • Description: 281 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 1070

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 0394429869
  • 9780394429861
  • 9780812980028
  • 0812980026
  • 9780345514400


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I know why the caged bird sings

by Angelou, Maya.

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Call number: 921 Angelou, Maya, Black Studies 921 Angelou, Maya

Available Copies: Downtown 2nd Floor, Malletts Adult

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From the Publisher: A phenomenal #1 bestseller that has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly three years, this memoir traces Maya Angelou's childhood in a small, rural community during the 1930s. Filled with images and recollections that point to the dignity and courage of black men and women, Angelou paints a sometimes disquieting, but always affecting picture of the people-and the times-that touched her life.

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Is there anyone who doesn't know that Maya Angelou is a gifted writer?

She paints pictures with words that draw you in, welcome you to her world, make you a part of it, and invite you to understand. This autobiography of her life from her first memories until she was 16 tell about growing up and coming of age as a Black girl in the South and California, and of the relationships she had with her grandmother who raised her, her mostly absent father and mother, and her brother. How community worked. How she saw "whitefolk." What she thought and how she felt; how she fit in the world around her.

And she pulls you in. Beautifully.

If you have never read this, you should.


This book was a lot better than I expected. Usually, I find myself not enjoying novels I read for school. But this one was amazing. Angelou's prose is beautiful, and I fell in love with Maya. This definitely has me considering reading the next book.

Not for kids

This book shows how things were like in the south,country and in the cities, for African Americans. There were some events that I don't think should be read by kids. I didn't like this book very much. Really, don't read this until you are in high school or older.


This book is not something to be read by a kid--I was really surprised in the middle. Not good AT ALL


This book is good but also extremely sad. It's also pretty controversial so it's banned in a lot of schools and stuff...

Good Book

She does a good job telling the real life tales of the deep south.

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