This is an old book.
From the cover - This testimony from a Black siste marks the beginning of a new era in the minds & hears & lives of all Balck men & women.... I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life w/ such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity. I have no words for this achievement, but I know that not since the days of my childhood, when people in books were more real than the peoplw one saw every day, have I found myself so moved... Her portrait is a Biblical study in the midst of death.