I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou November 2017 at Erin’s


A lovely fall evening at Erin’s discussing Maya Angelou and her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Erin used recipes from Maya Angelou’s cookbook and made us a southern feast:

Roasted chicken, salad, sweet potatoes and buttermilk biscuits to die for followed by an over the top amazing caramel cake with extra caramel sauce to drizzle on top!!!

This “morning after” message from Karen expresses the evening and the powerful storytelling of Maya Angelou:

Good Morning All, Firstly I want to thank Erin for suggesting our book and introducing me to Maya Angelou.  I think we can all agree on the power of her storytelling, her ability to take us into her world, a world that is both joyous and painful and most of all keenly felt.  A remarkable woman whose work I may not have read if it wasn’t for our beloved book club.

And thanks Erin for hosting such a delicious evening (please pass along those recipes).  Your home is so comfortable and welcoming (thanks also to Dexter!).  All in all a very special night.

By the way, you may remember I mentioned that Maya had appeared on Charlie Rose.  I found this 13 minute compilation of his favourite interviews.  It is worth watching as it includes a visit to Stamp and the infamous walk from the pond to the railroad tracks and the white side of town.


From Bev:
And may I add my thanks to you, Erin for a wonderful evening. And thank you for suggesting such a wonderful book and author. It is truly amazing in a  world that seems to have gone mad to hear this eloquent, quiet voice who frames her experiences with words so beautifully crafted and so powerful.  A gem.

After the book discussion we discussed the next cycle book list. Ann’s bookclub December 7th is the last for this cycle. The book is Wonder by R. J. Palacio.

Karen was prepared enough to bring her choices (and it was a very difficult decision to choose!!)



Cooking From the Heart: Maya Angelou’s Buttermilk Biscuits

Rob Schoenbaum/AP. Since her death on Wednesday at age 86, Maya Angelou has been hailed as an award-winning poet, best-selling author and fearless civil …


Maya Angelou prepares sweet potatoes McMillan from her cookbook “Great Food, All Day Long: Cook Splendidly, Eat Smart.”


Get the recipe for Caramel Cake from Dr. Maya Angelou’s cookbook ‘Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories with Recipes.’



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