I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou
Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge
Looking at Angelou's list of achievements makes us feel lazy. In addition to writing, she is a professional dancer, actor, and singer. She also speaks French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Fanti. Whew. (Source.)
Caged Bird is still stirring up trouble in the twenty-first century as one of the most frequently banned books in America. (Source.)
Our favorite red-headed talk show host, Conan O'Brian, has a show titled "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Karaoke."
The Simpsons, with their ever-so-witty social commentary, also got in on the game. They have an episode titled "I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." The plot is, well, not quite the same as the original.
Did you know that, on top of everything else, Angelou is an excellent cook? If you want to try some of her food, check out Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories with Recipes.