I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

By Maya Angelou

  • Release Date: 1970-01-12
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 1,244 Ratings


Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.
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 that love for herself, 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 will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity.”—James Baldwin


  • The Perfect Book

    By 𝚜𝚘𝚙𝚑1205
    Maya Angelou has the most beautiful voice and it is impossible to stop reading this captivating memoir
  • beautiful

    By sawshepsi
    i loved it all. the truth in it is important for all americans to understand. i saw myself in her, not because of race but because of growing up in a world that doesn't always seem to be on your side
  • Dr. Maya Angelou

    By Angelica812
    A must read for every woman-child.
  • Fantastic

    By Dentist_Austin
    This book truly took me through a well narrated rollercoaster of emotions, laughter and thoughtfulness. Highly recommend. Maya Angelou is an amazing writer!
  • Absolutely incredible!

    By Chris Zelig
    Such a wonderful book! Usually books take me forever to complete, but I literally couldn’t put this book down. Thank you Maya for being you!
  • Masterpiece

    By OchoaWhite
    This is an incredible autobiography of an incredible woman. So much to learn from her experiences and her view of the world. I read it in one day, as I couldn’t put it down. Maya Angelou is my hero!
  • Do not buy this audiobook!

    By happylibrarian98
    This is a partial book! It skips chapters!
  • Glad To Have Experienced This Book

    By A. M. McDonagh
    I have a newfound appreciation for the writings of the author after reading this book.
  • A required read that changed me

    By Claya13
    I was required to read this book in the summer before my ninth grade. I had no idea what to expect. Upon reading this, I enjoyed hearing a black story without misery as the theme. Maya Angelou had become one of my favorite authors from this. I would highly recommend!
  • Simply Transfixing

    By No Name Aria
    Maya Angelou has a power, a gift of being able to explain life in ways that make sense no matter where you are in life or when in time your life takes place. ❤️