I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou “I know why the caged bird sings” is Part 1 of Maya Angelou’s 5 part autobiographical series, and it flows effortlessly from her early childhood years spent living with her devout grandmother in rural Stamps, Arkansas to age 15; by which time she lives with her glamorous, larger than life mother in urban San Francisco.

Life hasn’t been very kind to her, on occasion it's been downright cruel, but with the love and support of her brother Bailey, her grandmother, and the friends she makes along the way we see a growing Maya take life’s events and make sense of them in whatever way she can.

There’s courage, determination and a lot of heart in this book and the poetry of it all comes across with Maya Angelou’s simplistic yet raw style of breaking down thoughts & emotions into their most basic components and handing them to us, cloaked in incredibly beautiful and evocative writing.