This is Angelou’s first autobiography and begins when three-year-old Maya and her older brother are sent to Stamps, Arkansas, to live with their grandmother and ends when Maya becomes a mother at the age of 16.There are themes of rape, racism, women’s lives, and literacy. Angelou came from humble beginnings and used the issues around her to become a powerful force for black women writers. I highly recommend this book, and then listen to her groundbreaking poem, “On the Pulse of Morning,” which she read during the 1993 inauguration of President Bill Clinton.