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7 Most Popular Books You Probably Haven’t Read Yet, But Probably Need To

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  1. JubiP says:

    I wish everyone would read Caged Bird, but know ahead of time that it *SPOILER ALERT!* portrays (without TOO much explicit description) Maya Angelou’s own experience of child molestation. A friend, knowing this, refused to read it as she had similar experience as a child. I know each one who suffers abuse has a different experience, and it takes something from you that may not be fixed. But I feel Maya Angelou’s telling of her own story could be therapeutic, in its own way.

    Also, the story is about much more than her own abuse. It describes the horrible things so many African American families went through in the first half of the 20th century in the South (and may still continue), that we Caucasians of Western US didn’t know about, or didn’t care. We were most definitely not taught. So it is a painful history lesson, at the same time. Ultimately it is uplifting, because Maya Angelou overcame, to great success. Seeing her book on this list reminds me she has other work I should read. Caged Bird should be required reading for every young mother, or just everyone before you can get your High School diploma; it’s that powerful and forces you to know stuff you would be more comfortable never hearing about. They say you can’t teach compassion, but reading Maya Angelou’s story might be a first step.

  2. Maya Angelou’s ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ is a classic book that I do also believe that we should all read. I have read the book and as you say, there is something for everyone to learn in it. My next read will have to come from this list. The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy will be next.

  3. Stephanie says:

    I’d say all these books belong here, except for one–Fifty Shades, simply because I don’t believe it holds much literary stock. HOWEVER, if you want a snapshot of society today, then I suppose the book does the job. Still, it pains me to see it between “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” and “Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.”

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