Crazy Brave: A Memoir by Joy HarjoCrazy Brave: A Memoir by Joy Harjo

Crazy Brave: A Memoir

byJoy Harjo

Paperback | July 30, 2013

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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.
Joy Harjo is an internationally known performer and writer of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation, the author of ten books of poetry and a memoir, Crazy Brave. A critically acclaimed poet, her many honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Josephine Miles Poetry Award, the William Carlos Williams Award, and the American Indian Distinguished Ach...
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Title:Crazy Brave: A MemoirFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.21 × 5.48 × 0.44 inPublished:July 30, 2013Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393345432

ISBN - 13:9780393345438

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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 saga about the survival of spirituality and creativity in the face of generations of racism, dispossession, and familial dysfunction. — Rebecca Steinitz (Boston Globe)A must-read for her fans and a fascinating door into her world for those new to her work. — Elizabeth Wilkinson (Minneapolis Star Tribune)Harjo allows the reader to know her intimately, and we are enriched by her honesty. — Booklist