I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Review

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Published in 1969

Pages: 290

Genre: Nonfiction, autobiography, African-American literature

“I hadn’t so much forgot as I couldn’t bring myself to remember.”

Most people wouldn’t choose to begin their autobiography by telling the story of a time they wet themselves in embarrassment, but Maya Angelou was not like most people. The anecdote that begins I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings sets the tone for the first in a series of autobiographies about her life. Deeply poetic and honest without restraint, Angelou writes with passion and conviction while letting us into the delicate truths of her childhood. Continue reading “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Review”

Song of Solomon – Review

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Published in 1977

Pages: 337

Genre: African-American Literature

“The North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance agent promised to fly from Mercy to the other side of Lake Superior at three o’clock.”

Song of Solomon follows Macon “Milkman” Dead III in his quest to find identification in a world still very divided by skin color. From Milkman’s birth to his open-ended fate, the book chronicles a family whose roots lie farther south than their home in Michigan. When he is told that there may be gold in them thar hills…I mean, hidden in a cave, that his father and aunt found when they were young, Milkman sets off on a journey that leads him closer to himself than he thought was possible. Continue reading “Song of Solomon – Review”