8. 'I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings' By Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou’s debut memoir became an instant American classic the moment it was published because it's so candid and brutally honest. As much as one's heart will break for what Angelou has endured throughout her life, one's heart will also be lifted by the ways in which she discovers love for herself through the kind of inner strength very few of us possess.