This first in Maya Angelou's series of autobiographies has achieved an iconic status. This nook has been sitting on my shelf for a while and in my preparation for banned book week and in light of my anger at books being banned I picked it up to read. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a book about growing up with poverty, racism, child abuse, and disadvantage in pre-civil rights America. But it is also about striving for splendor and happiness even in when faced with overwhelming tribulations. The book proves that oppression isn't the sum of a person’s existence, but something that affects each and every experience.
5 Stars and so glad to have read it again.