Every time I think of Maya Angelou, I hear her voice in my head reciting her famous poems “Phenomenal Woman” or “And Still I Rise”. Its the sass, the swagger, the intonation of voice, her entire presence was one that can captivate anyone…. she made you shut up and listen to what she had to say 😄. I know Why the Caged Bird Sings 🦩🕊 is the first of her seven autobiographies chronicling the various stages of her life. I actually bought this book for my mother for Christmas many years ago and only last month decided to read it myself. This book was a gripping, entertaining and emotional read and my rating is 5/5 for sure ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.
This is Maya’s first autobiography and tells the story of her childhood till the age of about 17. Maya and her brother Bailey were originally raised in Stamps, Arkansas with her maternal grandmother who she affectionately referred to as “Momma” 👵🏾 and her “Uncle Willie” 🧔🏾 during the 1930s. This was a time of segregation in America and racism and classism were evident in the structure of the society and very prevalent throughout the text of this book. After a few years, Maya and her brother went to live with their birth mother, “Mother” 👩🏾🦱 in St. Louis, Missouri where her life changed forever.
Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.
Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” is a book that will make you laugh, smile, cry and get upset with the unfairness of life sometimes. The way that Maya Angelou handled these ups and downs of her young life, the influence of her mother “Mother” and her grandmother “Momma”, her brother, Bailey and her extended family really shows how it takes a village to raise a child. It also showed how her grit, determination, independent mind, love of reading and incredible support system got her through her some of the hardships in her life while developing in her a strength, passion for life and wisdom that would shine through her adulthood for the world to see 🙏🥰. This book is an obvious MUST READ.
Are you a fan of Maya Angelou? What is your favorite book from her?