An edition of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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An edition of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

  • 4.09 ·
  • 33 Ratings
  • 925 Want to read
  • 42 Currently reading
  • 58 Have read

She was born Marguerite, but her brother Bailey nicknamed her Maya ("mine"). As little children they were sent to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. Their early world revolved around this remarkable woman and the Store she ran for the black community. White people were more than strangers - they were from another planet. And yet, even unseen they ruled.

The Store was a microcosm of life: its orderly pattern was a comfort, even among the meanest frustrations. But then came the intruders - first in the form of taunting poorwhite children who were bested only by the grandmother's dignity. But as the awful, unfathomable mystery of prejudice intruded, so did the unexpected joy of a surprise visit by Daddy, the sinful joy of going to Church, the disappointments of a Depression Christmas.

A visit to St. Louis and the Most Beautiful Mother in the World ended in tragedy - rape. Thereafter Maya refused to speak, except to the person closest to her, Bailey. Eventually, Maya and Bailey followed their mother to California. There, the formative phase of her life (as well as this book) comes to a close with the painful discovery of the true nature of her father, the emergence of a hard-won independence and - perhaps most important - a baby, born out of wedlock, loved and kept.

Superbly told, with the poet's gift for language and observation, and charged with the unforgetable emotion of remembered anguish and love - this remarkable autobiography by an equally remarkable black girl from Arkansas captures, indelibly, a world of which most Americans are shamefully ignorant.

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Ballantine Books
Pages
304

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Cover of: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
2009, Random House Trade Paperbacks
in English
Cover of: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
April 21, 2009, Ballantine Books
Mass Market Paperback
Cover of: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
1997, Random House
in English
Cover of: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
1997-06, Bantam Books
in English
Cover of: I know why the caged bird sings
I know why the caged bird sings
1993-11, Bantam Books
in English - Reissue.
Cover of: Yo Se Por Que Canta el Pajaro Enjaulado
Yo Se Por Que Canta el Pajaro Enjaulado
1993, Editorial Lumen
Paperback in Spanish
Cover of: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Cover of: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
1973, Random House
in English
Cover of: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Cover of: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
1973, Random House
in English
Cover of: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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Format
Mass Market Paperback
Number of pages
304
Dimensions
6.8 x 4.1 x 0.6 inches
Weight
4.8 ounces

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL24087472M
ISBN 10
0345514408
ISBN 13
9780345514400
OCLC/WorldCat
251201670

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