Title: “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”
Author: Maya Angelou
Blurb: “Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local ‘powhitetrash.’ At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age — and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime.”
Review: “I am somewhat relieved that we were not permitted to read this book back in my high school literature class where many parents were opposed to it. I fear it would have caught me off guard in many respects. Many of the sexual themes running throughout the book are quite heavy and discussed in detail. Both the subjects of rape and teen pregnancy are covered and sex in general is frequently alluded to.”
Customers Also Bought: “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”
Footnote: Maya Angelou ranks sixth on the American Library Association’s list of banned and challenged books for 2000-2009. Top honors go to Harry Potter.
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