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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou

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Chapters 1–5

Chapters 6–10

Chapters 11–15

Chapters 16–19

Chapters 20–22

Chapters 23–26

Chapters 27–31

Chapters 32–36

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Great autobiography

by maria106, November 14, 2012

Through a series of personal events, feelings, and thoughts, Maya Angelou is able to captivate its readers with her recounting of her life from her early years up to late adolescence. As readers, we are able to see how Maya grows from the insecure little girl in Arkansas to the strong woman who realizes that she can trust herself and will be able to keep moving forward, which is clearly shown when she realizes that she can take care of her son.

During the last chapter of the book, I feel that Maya does a great job describing the feeli... Read more

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