Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings | Maya Angelou
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 mothers side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her ageand has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns about love for herself and 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 is a modern American classic that will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read.From the Paperback edition.
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
blurb
Sbk89
post image

I know our group was considerate enough to have us choose from the options they have provided, but the moment I signed up
the only book that stuck to my head was this one!
Even though I have a few other options in my collection, this is the one. Hehehe 😂😅🙏🏻
@Kaila-ann @REPollock @jb72
I do hope none of you have read it. Let me know.
This is my first time Participating on #lmpbc ! I can‘t wait to experience it.
Lots of love.
S.

Kaila-ann I haven‘t read this one 😊 2w
megnews Once you read this you‘ll be compelled to read the rest of her memoirs. The whole thing is amazing! 2w
Sbk89 @megnews I look forward 😍 2w
See All 10 Comments
Sbk89 @Kaila-ann great! 2w
jb72 I haven‘t read it either. 2w
HerDarkHuntress1 There wAs a list? I feel like I‘m missing stuff!!! 2w
REPollock I also have not read it and have meant to for years. 👍💐 2w
Sbk89 @HerDarkHuntress1 are you part of the non-fiction group? 2w
HerDarkHuntress1 @Sbk89 I am not in the non fiction group. But I did have one of the girls in my group email me information! So I feel a little more informed! Thank you! 2w
Sbk89 @HerDarkHuntress1 oh okay good. Each person from the non-fiction group posted more than book to vote on. 2w
11 likes10 comments
review
Hooked_on_books
post image
Pickpick

How have I not read this before? Angelou infuses this book with humor, sorrow, and honesty. She‘s a bit halting as an audio reader, but I loved that she sang the hymns mentioned and that she asserts at the start: “I AM Maya Angelou.”

Thanks to @squirrelbrain for suggesting this one for #Arkansas. #ReadingUSA2019

squirrelbrain Glad you liked it - I couldn‘t believe I‘d never read it before either. Thank goodness for the #ReadingUSA2019 challenge..! 2mo
Librarybelle Yay...great choice! 2mo
ljuliel Good job, and thank you for the tag. 🙂 2mo
59 likes3 comments
blurb
TrishB
post image

#singitback #ayupaugust
A heart wrenching read.

Moony Oh I borrowed it from my library and had to read it in the next weeks too. 2mo
TrishB @Moony hope you like it 👍🏻 2mo
squirrelbrain I only read this fairly recently - I agree 💔 2mo
See All 11 Comments
megnews After I read this a couple years ago, I gobbled up the rest of her memoirs. Read most in a day or two. So good and hard to put down. 2mo
TrishB @megnews I need to read the rest too 👍🏻 2mo
youneverarrived Love her ♥️ 2mo
Cinfhen Heard this book is difficult to get through 😬 2mo
Centique This is one of my all time favourite books. Must reread it soon! @Cinfhen the bad part is awful - not drawn out for too long though if my memory is right - but then her story is ultimately so uplifting and powerful. You could definitely do it 🌟⭐️🌟 2mo
TrishB @youneverarrived an awesome lady ♥️ 2mo
TrishB @Cinfhen there are some difficult parts, I think if someone is telling their own story it‘s even more difficult, but it is short and essential I think for her reflection and our understanding. An amazing lady. 2mo
Cinfhen #stacked 😢 thanks for the gentle push @Centique @TrishB ❣️❣️❣️ 2mo
122 likes5 stack adds11 comments
review
SMH86
post image
Pickpick

Oldie but goodie.
“Life is going to give you just what you put in it. Put your whole heart in everything you do...”

blurb
cathipink
post image

July was my most prolific reading month (ever, maybe), with 18 books read. Fave is tagged, with very close seconds to Gather Together in my Name, Made for Love, and The Trauma Cleaner (read thanks to a Litten recommendation 💗). Here's to August!

🎧 8 audio
📚 10 paper books
🥪 2 work lunch books

Pic from my Lisa Congdon 2019 calendar that lives at my desk.

blurb
Moony
post image
blurb
jenniferw88
post image

This is also in the birthday sale! Should be good listening to this one. @Birdsong28 @Andrew65 @Ms_T @Cathythoughts

Ms_T I‘ve also been topping up my Audible library this week 👍🏻 4mo
Andrew65 Thanks for the tag! So many good books. 😬 4mo
64 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
megnews
post image
Eggs Nicely done 🤗 4mo
41 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
post image

Thank you, Maya

28 likes1 stack add
blurb
MallenNC
post image

These are all memorable books that came out in 1969. (Quite a variety!) I don't know what month they came out but it is possible that people were reading these in the #Summerof69 #SongsofSummer

OriginalCyn620 I like the cover for the tagged book! 😎 5mo
MallenNC @OriginalCyn620 Me too! It's pretty, and I hadn't seen that version before. 5mo
21 likes2 comments
blurb
Victoria_Clyne
post image

All I can say is #blameitonLitsy.

quote
PaperbackPirate
post image

“‘I‘ll accept no excuse if you return a book to me that has been badly handled.‘ My imagination boggled at the punishment I would deserve if in fact I did abuse a book of Mrs. Flowers‘. Death would be too kind and brief.”
@TheReadingMermaid prompted us to share photos where we‘re caught reading banned books. This pic was taken at my local indy bookstore in 2016. Also I‘m not 6‘3”.
@RadicalReader @Clwojick
#weeklychallenge #maymadness

TheReadingMermaid That is fantastic! I love this picture so much! 😍😍😍 5mo
PaperbackPirate Thank you @TheReadingMermaid for creating a prompt perfectly suited for it! 😘 5mo
TheReadingMermaid 😘😘 5mo
See All 10 Comments
RadicalReader Love this picture 5mo
Clwojick I love it! 😂😂😂 5mo
Clwojick Also, I‘m not 6‘3” 😂😂😂 5mo
JennyM Great pic!!! 5mo
PaperbackPirate @Clwojick No false advertising here! 🤣 5mo
PaperbackPirate Thank you @JennyM ! 5mo
20 likes10 comments
blurb
Caroline2
post image

One of my all time favourites. 😍 #blackbird #beatlemaynia

Eggs Lovely display and colours!! 5mo
87 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
AnnHeitman
post image

What an impresive autobiographic novel! I'm loving it!

2 likes1 stack add
blurb
Booksnob
post image

I‘m loving this book. Listening on audio as well and Maya‘s voice is like sweet honey. So soothing. I‘ve laughed out loud. Preach it! And been so saddened by many events in the story.

19 likes2 stack adds
blurb
Parvez
post image

Library book haul😊😊😊

readordierachel 😍😍 6mo
45 likes1 comment
blurb
Awk_Word_Smith
post image

blurb
Butterflyamore
post image

She would have been 91 today. Happy birthday, Maya Angelou! #nationalpoetrymonth #poetrymatters #authorbirthdays

wanderinglynn ❤️ 7mo
73 likes1 comment
review
Plaidsticks
post image
Pickpick

I originally read this when I was...12?, really young and too young to get a lot. #audiobook

review
britt_brooke
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I deeply regret not reading this sooner. The first of Angelou‘s seven autobiographic volumes, it covers her tumultuous formative years. Marguerite (Maya) endures racism and sexual abuse, yet finds strength in books, and subsequently, herself. She perseveres, breaking boundaries. Hearing this in her voice was absolutely breathtaking. The bits where she sang gave me literal chills.

Suet624 Oooh, I read this ages ago. I never thought to find the audio version. Thanks for the suggestion. 7mo
britt_brooke @Suet624 I really loved listening to her. ❤️ 7mo
MrBook Great review! 7mo
britt_brooke @MrBook Thank you! 7mo
cherinium I just finished this a couple days ago. I also loved hearing her sing. I'm really glad I chose to do audio for this one. 💕 7mo
127 likes2 stack adds5 comments
review
Greaseohio
Pickpick

First ebook that I read on my iPad

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🌸 7mo
lover.of.the.classics Welcome to the Litsy Family!!!🎉 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy! 7mo
See All 6 Comments
jillannjohn Welcome to Litsy! 7mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💖 7mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 7mo
9 likes6 comments
blurb
Kerrioke
post image

Happy #InternationalWomensDay everyone! Maya Angelou was one of my favorite authors. I still love her and it makes me sad to remember she‘s gone 😔

#LiteraryLuck @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 7mo
23 likes1 stack add1 comment
quote
britt_brooke
post image

▶️🎧 I‘m finally reading this book. I‘m listening to the audio, narrated by Angelou, and it‘s breathtaking.

blurb
Oryx
post image

The social committee at my work had started a book club, I'm going to try to be good and go. I'm not very good a reading to a schedule... But this is one I've wanted to read, so a good excuse to finally do it.

Weaponxgirl I‘m terrible at sticking to assigned reading but this is well worth it. 8mo
95 likes4 stack adds1 comment
blurb
GripLitGrl
post image
Bookishthoughts Lovley 9mo
MayJasper Amazingly powerful and beautiful writing. Thank you for sharing and I love your pic. 9mo
GripLitGrl @LazyDays ☺💛 9mo
47 likes4 comments
review
melosomelo
Pickpick

Great book. Really important, also. Got some great characters and quotes. Maya Angelou was very sensitive and a true poet. 8/10.

review
SealedWithInk
Pickpick

I knew that this was a well known classic but before reading it I didn't know why. Now I now why. This book in her autobiographical series (another thing I didn't realise till I started reading this) tells of her childhood, one that at times was extremely hard. I would really recommend it. I look forward to reading the rest of her autobiographies.

quote
Tiffanywrites2

“There‘s no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

blurb
ElishaLovesBooks
post image

My school #bookstack. Sometimes I wish I could read instead of teach!

JoScho Just sometimes? 😂 10mo
ElishaLovesBooks @JoScho You caught me!! 😂😂 I would rather read all the time!!💕 10mo
68 likes2 comments
blurb
ReviewsMayVary
post image

8 likes1 stack add
blurb
Caroline2
post image

One of my all time favourites!!! 😍
#birdofparadise
#winterwonderland

Centique The BEST! 🙌🙌 10mo
Cinfhen MUST read this but not sure I‘m emotionally ready 😪 10mo
TrishB A wonderful, heart wrenching read 💕 10mo
See All 6 Comments
Caroline2 @Cinfhen it‘s so good! The beautiful writing and all wonderful characters carry you through it so it never feels too depressing! 👍🏻 10mo
Centique @Cinfhen I second @Caroline2 ! More inspiring than anything. 10mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Centique @Caroline2 eventually it will be read 😁 10mo
103 likes6 comments
review
hwestfall
post image
Pickpick

I loved it.

15 likes1 stack add
blurb
ElishaLovesBooks
post image

I had a great and busy Thanksgiving 🦃🍁today but didn‘t crack either one of these books open even once. I‘ve started both- they are great- but I think I might be in a bit of a rut. They are also super heavy topics and I might just need something lighter. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Hopefully I‘ll get some reading time this weekend.

blurb
hwestfall
post image

I can't believe I haven't read any Maya Angelou before. This book is a delight so far.

quote
Theshadedbuffalo
post image
23 likes1 stack add
blurb
hilded
post image

My last thai dinner in a while coupled with a re-read of the interesting biography of Maya Angelou.

#booksandfood
#1001books
#vacayreading

Samplergal I‘m listening to this atm. So good. I‘d never read it before. 12mo
hilded I agree, it‘s excellent. Although some parts are really tough to read. I have only read this one, so want to read the rest of her biographies as well at some point @Samplergal 12mo
batsy So very good, but I agree—difficult to read, in parts. 12mo
Reviewsbylola That looks so delicious!! 12mo
hilded It was 😋 @Reviewsbylola 12mo
46 likes5 comments
review
Krysta
post image
Pickpick

I really liked this one and am embarrassed to say it took me this long to read it. It is unflinchingly honest and sad and hopeful all at the same time.

I read it this morning outdoors, and was struck with the difference between my experience reading it and Maya Angelou's living it.

blurb
GripLitGrl
post image
58 likes3 comments
blurb
megnews
post image

#SundaySurvey
1. Christmas books in December
2. Tagged
3. Morning
4. Right

alisonrose Thanks for playing!! 13mo
13 likes1 comment
blurb
megnews
post image

#Tuesdaytidbits
1. Biography- more along the lines of memoir, favorite tagged
2. Neither-football if I have to because baseball is too slow. On the other hand the Indians are a million times better than the Browns so...
3. Ernest Hemingway
4. Tacos definitely

JenlovesJT47 💚💚💚 13mo
11 likes1 comment
quote
spinesvines
post image

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou

Re-reading a #BannedBook!

#spinesvines #books #wine #diversespines #bannedbooksweek #iknowwhythecagedbirdsings #mayaangelou #wocwriters #rereading #sundayfunday

CoffeeNBooks I love Maya Angelou. I discovered this book in high school, and proceeded to read everything she wrote. 13mo
25 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
LoverofLit
post image

Congrats! @LaurenReads That's an amazing milestone. I tagged one of the most influential NF books I've read. It was hard to choose as there are some really amazing ones out there! #hundredgrand

23 likes1 stack add
blurb
HOTPock3tt
post image

I have some catching up to do on Litsy!! 😅

1) I know why the caged bird sings - Maya Angelou 💔 💔 💔
2) Apparently I haven‘t read any books by an author with a first name OR last name starting with i 🤷🏽‍♀️ gotta change that!!
3) Inception! 💕 (wow, this movie!! 😎)
4) ice cream, but of course! 🙃
#ManicMonday #Letteri @JoScho

Texreader Not even Isabel Allende? 13mo
HOTPock3tt @Texreader Unfortunately no 😪 13mo
JoScho 💛💛💛 13mo
37 likes3 comments
blurb
wanderinglynn
post image

Danielle, you are awesome! This #myfavoritebookswap package is amazing! I love everything! ❤️ You really outdid yourself. Thank you so much! I hope you love your package as much. 💜

LoverofLit Holy cow! I love all these books...and candy! 😅😍 14mo
Ddzmini I‘m so happy you like them, they are some of my favorite books and of course the chocolate is always needed when reading. Once again sorry about the delay in the package and yes I really really loved my package as well 😋📖📚🎁 14mo
101 likes2 comments
blurb
Gina
post image

Feeling not worthy enough. You are in good company, Maya Angelou and Einstein experience this as well.

https://www.facebook.com/TEDEducation/videos/1797353593652392/

10 likes1 stack add
blurb
Krysta
post image

For #septinbooks18 challenge, today's prompt is #writtenbyapocauthor

This classic is high in my #tbr pile, so it's the first one I reached for this morning. Can't wait to get to it.

@bookisglee

blurb
keys_on_fire
post image

Vacation book haul! $7 at a tent sale 😜👌

tammysue Nice!! 😁 14mo
MStew 😄yay 14mo
LoverofLit I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is one of my all time favorite reads. And I just read The Pillars of the Earth this month and really enjoyed it! Great haul! 👍 14mo
keys_on_fire @LoverofLit I‘m hoping to read The Pillars of the Earth this winter when it‘s too cold to go out lol 14mo
LoverofLit @keys_on_fire That's a great plan! It's a tome and one that rolls into the next chapter so well, you have a hard time putting it down if you're a "I'll put it down after I finish this chapter" kind of reader ? 14mo
77 likes5 comments
blurb
4thhouseontheleft
post image

1. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” (from tagged book)
2. Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.
3. I seem to be physically incapable of pronouncing pen and pin differently.
4. Tagging @riversong153 and @SkeletonKey

#TuesdayTidbits

JenlovesJT47 💚💚 1y
BethM Princess Bride 😍 1y
63 likes2 comments
blurb
youneverarrived
post image

#agameoffavorites #AOC Maya‘s books made a massive impression on me when I was younger. A couple of her favourites are Invisible Man & A Tale of Two Cities.

JennyM Great pick! 1y
69 likes1 comment