Growing up, I was a word fanatic. I loved the ways words could intertwine with a page, whether it was song lyrics or books or poems. And Maya Angelou always inspired me immensely. Her piece “Phenomenal Woman” changed my life in so many ways. So naturally, I had to read her auto biography I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.
And damn, is this book powerful. It’s a rich history of Angelou’s own life with every turmoil and success she encountered growing up in the deep south as well as the beginning of her love affair with literature. You get enveloped in the way she paints the pages with words and you get engrossed in this woman’s life. She’s stunning, in so many different ways.
If you haven’t read this book, you need to. If you have, read it again. Either way, it will probably still change your life a little bit. Maya Angelou writes in a way I haven’t encountered before and it was next to impossible to put this book down.
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings broke my heart while simultaneously restored my faith in humanity at the same time. It’s an immensely humbling read, reminding us that while there is so much good in the world, there is just as much evil. And we must always hold onto the good, as much as we can and as long as we can.
Favourite Quote: Like most children, I thought if I could face the worst danger voluntarily, and triumph, I would forever have power over it.