I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is very disturbing in that there's violence, rape, and racism-- and to credit Angelou- the racism is the most painful somehow. The scene with the dentist is so heartbreaking. But the book is also full of love and humor. A classic.
Side note: I don't know if I this is the first time I read this autobiography or not. I had it on my shelf for ages, and its title is so familiar to everyone. Also, this is Angelou's first autobiography and earlier this year I read Mom & Me & Mom, her seventh autobiography, and the books are mostly the same, except this stops while she's still quite young, and Mom & Me & Mom is shorter. Also, Mom & Me & Mom seems more like a refocus on her mother because she mostly left her mother out of this one because her grandmother raised her until she was in her teens.
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