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Running with Scissors Excerpt: Read free excerpt of Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs. Benjamin_franklin. Read an extract from : The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Sample Personal Memoir: Excerpt from Jeanette Walls' The Glass Castle. Reprinted by permission of Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., NY. (pages 19-22) We were always doing the skedaddle, usually in the middle of the night. I sometimes heard Mom and Dad discussing the people who were after us. Dad called them henchmen, bloodsuckers, and the gestapo. We moved around like nomads. Dad would get a job as an electrician or engineer in the gypsum or copper mine.

"You flea bitten drunk! " "You goddamned flint-faced hag! " "You no-good two-bit pud-sucking bastard! " "You scaly castrating banshee bitch! " Dad had the more inventive vocabulary, but Grandma Smith could outshout him; plus, she had the home-court advantage. Some of the people who lived in those towns had been there for years.

We might enroll in school, but not always. He showed us how to aim and fire his pistol, how to shoot Moms bow and arrows, and how to throw a knife by the blade so that it landed in the middle of a target with a satisfying thwock. Mom had grown up in the desert. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. Understanding IKWTCBS. I know why - Claudia - Women in IKWTCBS. ProQuestDocuments-2014-06-21. Maya Angelou's I Know why the Caged Bird Sings: A Casebook. Banned Books Awareness: “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” | Banned Books Awareness. Maya Angelou has done many things in her storied life and career; along the way she has inspired millions- both here in the United States and around the world. Her 1969 autobiography, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, was nominated for a National Book Award. In 1972 she was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for a collection of poetry. She’s won Tony and Emmy awards; and Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word album in 1993, 1995, and 2002.

At the request of President Bill Clinton, Angelou wrote On the Pulse of Morning, which she recited live at his 1993 inauguration as U.S. President. She has been awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2000, the Lincoln Medal in 2008, and President Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to her in 2011. How could such a person possibly be included in this series? Despite her impressive resume, Maya Angelou is one of the most banned authors in U.S. history. Among the more recent incidents, the book was challenged twice in California. Maya Angelou, Lyrical Witness of the Jim Crow South, Dies at 86. Maya Angelou, whose landmark book of 1969, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” — which describes in lyrical, unsparing prose her childhood in the Jim Crow South — was among the first autobiographies by a 20th-century black woman to reach a wide general readership, died on Wednesday at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C.

She was 86. Her death was confirmed by her longtime literary agent, Helen Brann. The cause of death was not immediately known, but Ms. Brann said Ms. Angelou had been frail for some time and had heart problems. In a statement, President Obama said, “Today, Michelle and I join millions around the world in remembering one of the brightest lights of our time — a brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman,” adding, “She inspired my own mother to name my sister Maya.”

As well known as she was for her memoirs, which eventually filled six volumes, Ms. Continue reading the main story Video It began: A Rock, A River, A Tree Hosts to species long since departed, Ms. Ms. Maya Angelou - About This Person - Movies & TV. Voice of Our Time. Maya Angelou’s greatest accomplishment may be in living a life that has inspired others to dream, push forward and prevail. Editor's note: Maya Angelou died today, May 28, 2014, at the age of 86.

In this archive feature from SUCCESS magazine, we celebrate the life and impact she had. "I had to trust life, since I was young enough to believe that life loved the person who dared to live it.” That is how Maya Angelou recalls herself at 30, yet the statement holds true today. She is a formidable icon, 6 feet tall, with a speaking voice cadenced like an epic poem and a presence that evokes an aging African warrior queen. It is hard to grasp how the great-granddaughter of a slave who was born poor in 1928 St. But life for young Angelou would change within a few short years. Why the Caged Bird Sings Angelou’s early life is chronicled in her most famous book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. After young Angelou was molested, she and her brother returned to live with their grandmother in Stamps. F S Fitzgerald's short story: Diamond as Big as the Ritz.