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In this transcendent memoir, grounded in tribal myth and ancestry, music and poetry, Joy Harjo, one of our leading Native American voices, details her journey to becoming a poet. Born in Oklahoma, the end place of the Trail of Tears, Harjo grew up learning to dodge an abusive stepfather by finding shelter in her imagination, a deep spiritual life, and connection with the natural world. She attended an Indian arts boarding school, where she nourished an appreciation for painting, music, and poetry; gave birth while still a teenager; and struggled on her own as a single mother, eventually finding her poetic voice. Narrating the complexities of betrayal and love, Crazy Brave is a memoir about family and the breaking apart necessary in finding a voice. Harjo's tale of a hardscrabble youth, young adulthood, and transformation into an award-winning poet and musician is haunting, unique, and visionary.
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Joy Harjo has always been able to see with more than her eyes. Her writing is a testament to this gift. Her memoir honors her own journey as well as those who fell along the wayside. Her hero's journey is a gift for all those struggling to make their way.--Sandra Cisneros
A "raw and honest" (Los Angeles Review of Books) memoir from the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States.
A saga about the survival of spirituality and creativity in the face of generations of racism, dispossession, and familial dysfunction...Fantastic, terrible and beautiful.--Rebecca Steinitz "Boston Globe"
Stirring...In her harrowing and ultimately hopeful story, Harjo allows the reader to know her intimately, and we are enriched by her honesty.-- "Ms."
A must-read for her fans and a fascinating door into her world for those new to her work.--Elizabeth Wilkinson "Minneapolis Star Tribune"
Gritty and mystical...Reads like a sacred prayer.-- "San Francisco Chronicle"
Exquisite...A must-read for anyone who appreciates the healing power of literature.-- "Southwest"
Blunt, moving...[Affirms and acclaims] the artistic impulse.-- "Smithsonian"
Dances into hard truth. [Harjo's] fine crafting of words and deft braiding of mythic visions throughout the text almost--almost--draw you past the truth of her personal story. That story is harsh and scary, mystical and loving, and, ultimately, triumphant and healing.-- "Indian Country"
Joy Harjo is a giant-hearted, gorgeous, and glorious gift to the world. Her belief in art, in spirit, is so powerful, it can't help but spill over to us--lucky readers. Wildly passionate and honest as a hound, Crazy Brave invites us into a whole new way of seeing--deeper, less cluttered, and vastly more courageous than our own. It's a book for people who want to re-fall in love with the world.--Pam Houston