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In this first of six volumes of autobiography, poet Maya Angelou recounts a youth filled with disappointment, frustration, tragedy, and finally hard-won independence. Sent at a young age to live with her grandmother in Arkansas, Angelou learned a great deal from this exceptional woman and the tightly knit black community there. These very lessons carried her throughout the hardships she endured later in life, including a tragic occurrence while visiting her mother in St. Louis and her formative years spent in California, where an unwanted pregnancy changed her life forever.
©1969 Maya Angelou (P)1996 Random House, Inc.

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"I know that not since the days of my childhood, when people in books were more real than the people one saw every day, have I found myself more moved" James Baldwin

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Heavily abridged

So heavily abridged it is pointless. I want the whole book, not a slice of it!

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Not worth the money

I don't know if this was the unabridged version or if the book is that short but I feel like this version is missing half the book

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beautiful book

truthful and beautiful. Maya was fierce and filled with compassion . I defy you not to enjoy this book.

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Stunning!

So very interesting. A must read! Narration was absolute perfection. I hope gather together in my name will be as captivating.

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love love love

loved it, mya angelo is such an inspiring woman. I loved listening to this story, even though I've read the book. Her voice just made feel it more.

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Love Maya

I've read all of Ms Maya Angelou's books I've been inspired by her poems to write my own.

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Great

Love it great story a bit upsetting at times but I loved it Maya Angelou is a Great writer

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  • 05-01-08

I know why the caged bird sings

What an amazing women. I love to hear how people grow through trauma & what happened to her at eight was so well articulated it moved me beyond comprehension. It also help me to put into perspective my own life lessons.

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