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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 mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age–and 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.
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megnews
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Eggs Nicely done 🤗 1w
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Awk_Word_Smith
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Thank you, Maya

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MallenNC
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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! 😎 3w
MallenNC @OriginalCyn620 Me too! It's pretty, and I hadn't seen that version before. 3w
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Victoria_Clyne
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All I can say is #blameitonLitsy.

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PaperbackPirate
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“‘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! 😍😍😍 1mo
PaperbackPirate Thank you @TheReadingMermaid for creating a prompt perfectly suited for it! 😘 1mo
TheReadingMermaid 😘😘 1mo
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RadicalReader Love this picture 1mo
Clwojick I love it! 😂😂😂 1mo
Clwojick Also, I‘m not 6‘3” 😂😂😂 1mo
JennyM Great pic!!! 1mo
PaperbackPirate @Clwojick No false advertising here! 🤣 1mo
PaperbackPirate Thank you @JennyM ! 1mo
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Caroline2
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One of my all time favourites. 😍 #blackbird #beatlemaynia

Eggs Lovely display and colours!! 1mo
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AnnHeitman
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What an impresive autobiographic novel! I'm loving it!

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Booksnob
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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.

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Parvez
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Library book haul😊😊😊

readordierachel 😍😍 2mo
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Butterflyamore
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She would have been 91 today. Happy birthday, Maya Angelou! #nationalpoetrymonth #poetrymatters #authorbirthdays

wanderinglynn ❤️ 3mo
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Plaidsticks
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I originally read this when I was...12?, really young and too young to get a lot. #audiobook

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 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. 4mo
britt_brooke @Suet624 I really loved listening to her. ❤️ 4mo
MrBook Great review! 3mo
britt_brooke @MrBook Thank you! 3mo
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. 💕 3mo
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Greaseohio
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First ebook that I read on my iPad

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🌸 4mo
lover.of.the.classics Welcome to the Litsy Family!!!🎉 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy! 4mo
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jillannjohn Welcome to Litsy! 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💖 4mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 4mo
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Kerrioke
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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 💗💗💗 4mo
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▶️🎧 I‘m finally reading this book. I‘m listening to the audio, narrated by Angelou, and it‘s breathtaking.

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Oryx
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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. 4mo
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LazyDays Lovley 5mo
MayJasper Amazingly powerful and beautiful writing. Thank you for sharing and I love your pic. 5mo
GripLitGrl @LazyDays ☺💛 5mo
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melosomelo
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Great book. Really important, also. Got some great characters and quotes. Maya Angelou was very sensitive and a true poet. 8/10.

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SealedWithInk
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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.

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Tiffanywrites2

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

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

JoScho Just sometimes? 😂 6mo
ElishaLovesBooks @JoScho You caught me!! 😂😂 I would rather read all the time!!💕 6mo
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Caroline2
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One of my all time favourites!!! 😍
#birdofparadise
#winterwonderland

Centique The BEST! 🙌🙌 7mo
Cinfhen MUST read this but not sure I‘m emotionally ready 😪 7mo
TrishB A wonderful, heart wrenching read 💕 7mo
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Caroline2 @Cinfhen it‘s so good! The beautiful writing and all wonderful characters carry you through it so it never feels too depressing! 👍🏻 7mo
Centique @Cinfhen I second @Caroline2 ! More inspiring than anything. 7mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Centique @Caroline2 eventually it will be read 😁 7mo
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I loved it.

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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.

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

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hilded
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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. 8mo
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 8mo
batsy So very good, but I agree—difficult to read, in parts. 8mo
Reviewsbylola That looks so delicious!! 8mo
hilded It was 😋 @Reviewsbylola 8mo
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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.

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

alisonrose Thanks for playing!! 9mo
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megnews
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#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 💚💚💚 9mo
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“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. 9mo
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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

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HOTPock3tt
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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? 9mo
HOTPock3tt @Texreader Unfortunately no 😪 9mo
JoScho 💛💛💛 9mo
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wanderinglynn
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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! 😅😍 10mo
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 😋📖📚🎁 10mo
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Gina
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Feeling not worthy enough. You are in good company, Maya Angelou and Einstein experience this as well.

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

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Krysta
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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

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

whatshesreadingnow Nice!! 😁 10mo
meghan2714 😄yay 10mo
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! 👍 10mo
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 10mo
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 ? 10mo
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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 💚💚 11mo
BethM Princess Bride 😍 11mo
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youneverarrived
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#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! 11mo
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I recently listened to the tagged book, read by the author and it is wonderful and heart wrenching! I was spellbound by Ms Angelou‘s voice and her story. I hope to get through all of her books eventually. One of her six favorite books is Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. #agameoffavorites @WhiskeyMistress @ErinSueG

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"You don't have to think about doing the right thing. If you're for the right thing, then you do it without thinking."
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I'm not a big autobiography reader, but part 1 of Maya Angelou's life story is a huge eye-opener to the prejudice against black people a decade ago and how that prejudice is clearly still around today.
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The book moves pretty slowly, but there are interesting aspects that makes the book worth reading. ⭐3.5/5⭐

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Such a good book! She writes so beautifully. It was hard to read in some parts, but it‘s part of her story and it‘s a sad truth of history in this country. I think this is a pretty powerful book and I loved it!

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I read "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" in high school, fell in love with Maya Angelou's writing, and proceeded to read everything she'd written. Her favorite books are: A Tale of Two Cities, The Bible, Look Homeward Angel, The Collected Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Little Women, and Invisible Man. #AGameOfFavorites @ErinSueG @WhiskeyMistress

ErinSueGreads Just a few light reads there..... but seriously great finds! I haven‘t read it before so I‘ll have to add to the list. 11mo
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Another road trip!

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Teafiend
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Love her writing so much

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Bertha_Mason

"He made his voice sound like the wind, if the wind had bronchial pneumonia."