What Do I Read Next?
Other autobiographical volumes by Maya Angelou include Gather Together in My Name (1974), Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas (1976), The Heart of a Woman (1981), and All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes (1986).
Alice Walker's The Color Purple (1982) tells of the spiritual and personal awakening of a young black woman oppressed by racism and sexual abuse.
The Bluest Eye (1969) by Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison relates a similar story of a young black girl trying to grow up in a racist world, but with a different ending.
Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), in which a country lawyer in a deep-South town in the 1930s represents a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman.
Light in August (1932) by William Faulkner tells of the pursuit and eventual torture and murder of a black man suspected of sleeping with a white woman.