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In 1968, Baldwin took her to a dinner party at the cartoonist Jules Feiffer’s house. Angelou charmed guests with stories of her childhood; the next day, Feiffer’s wife called editor Robert Loomis at Random House and said that he should get Angelou to write a memoir. When he brought it up, Angelou said, “Absolutely not.” Loomis replied, “It’s just as well, because to write an autobiography as literature is just about impossible.” Angelou, who liked a challenge, said, “I’ll start tomorrow.” (1969)

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Searing. James Baldwin called it “a Biblical study of life in the midst of death”. I KNOW WHY A CAGED BIRD SINGS by Maya Angelou


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ArtImage-Large-PhenomenalWoman_c062b178-bcd5-45d3-baf6-9e1b7074cf53_grandePhenomenal Woman has always been one of my favorite poems by Maya Angelou. I first heard the poem when it was recited by Janet Jackson in a 90s movie also featuring, Tupac; Poetic Justice. I fell in love with the words. However, I only got to read my first book by Maya after her death.

I know why the Caged Bird Sings is one of the books in Maya Angelou’s autobiography series. The autobiography tells of a heartbreaking story of Maya and her brother, Bailey who were sent away from home by their parents at an early age. The children traveled alone with tags tied to their wrists written ‘To whom it may concern’. They moved in with their grandma at Swamps in Arkansas. Life in Arkansas was full of ups and downs. There was a lot of tension from the racism engulfing the town at the…

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Book review: Raisin in the Sun – a play by Lorraine Hansberry


The book:
Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
Published in 1959 by Random House
Pages: 151
My copy: Second-hand copy

raisinThe blurb:

The Youngers are a poor African-American family living on the South Side of Chicago. An opportunity to escape from poverty comes in the form of a $10,000 life insurance check that the matriarch of the family (Lena Younger or Mama) receives upon her husband’s death.

My thoughts…

This is a very simple and easy to read play, with all the action taking place in one room of the Younger family’s cramped apartment. Although there are only a few characters in the play, each has a very distinctive voice, and the contrasting personalities work very well together to give a range of viewpoints.

The plot revolves around the money Lena is about to receive following her husband’s death, and we can see the tension this is causing as the characters…

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The Warmth of Other Suns

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The Warmth of Other Suns is simply excellent.

This book has received lots of accolades, and rightly so. I’m a bit late to the party, I admit, but it’s better late than never! Recently, I grabbed the audiobook to accompany me on my commute. Admittedly, I had previously checked out the book but couldn’t get through it. It simply wasn’t the right time I guess, as I was reading other books as well. Anyway, the interesting part is, before I began this book, I had just finished listening to Miles Davis’s autobiography. Miles and other well-known folks and their families migrated north or west, which we can say might have changed the course of their lives.

I’ve read lots of reviews about this book, some good, some not so good. For instance, one review I read stated that the book was too long and too comprehensive. Really? Insert side-eye. Yes, this…

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