|Maya Angelou died this past May, leaving a treasure trove of |
writing for us to read and remember her by.
I thought about the book on the bike ride home, and when I had finished yanking my broken kickstand into a supportive position with the toe of my shoe, I sat outside in the shade and started reading again. I felt like I was holding my breath. I felt like each chapter, especially the ones about her earliest childhood, was its own story, another facet of how she grew up. I felt like I was experiencing more life in this book about Maya Angelou's memories from ages three to sixteen than most people have by the time they turn one hundred.
**There are spoilers in the next paragraph. Skip over it if you intend to read the book! If not, highlight it to see the words.**
That is the most beautiful thing about Maya Angelou's story - that she lived through the terrible things in her life and lived on to do wonderful, daring, frightening, adventurous things.
I hope you read this book. I guess there's really no secret to reading a Maya Angelou memoir in ten hours. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is so good that you won't want to do anything but read it.