This book allowed me to experience such a historically charged period in American history from a single perspective– giving me a much deeper insight to the effects of racism, poverty and broken families than I would experience in another book. The book delved into the psychological processes of a young, black girl in the poor south as she was held between the traditional, religious values of her community and the emerging liberal ideologies of the increasingly expanding, industrialized outside world. Through her mother and grandmother’s aphorisms, Maya was able to guide her non-traditional lifestyle through those enduring phrases to create a harmonious balance between both extremes within her life.
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Review Submitted by: Mackenzie Nargiz
Rating: Must Read