I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (first published 1969, ~300 pages) is an autobiography about the early years of African-American writer and poet Maya Angelou. The coming-of-age story illustrates how strength of character and a love of literature can help overcome racism and trauma. The book begins when three-year-old Maya and her older brother are sent to Arkansas to live with their grandmother and ends when Maya becomes a mother at the age of 16. In the course of Caged Bird, Maya transforms from a victim of racism with an inferiority complex into a self-possessed, dignified young woman capable of responding to prejudice. (description excerpted from Wikipedia)
The book is available from many Connecticut libraries.
This discussion is scheduled for Tuesday, May 27th, which is the day after Memorial Day. We will meet at Panera Bread in the Buckland Hills Mall. (This is down one level from the carousel food court.) We'll be near the back of the seating area, with a copy of the book on the table.