Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo
A Memoir

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...it ends too soon, prior to most of the successes Ms. Harjo has known in her creative life. I wanted to hear more about her writing process and her journey in taking up musical performance at the age of 40...
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“Compressed . . . lyrical . . . unflinching . . . raw. . . . Harjo is a magician and a master of the English language.”—Jonah Raskin, San Francisco Chronicle


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.
 

About Joy Harjo

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Joy Harjo is an internationally known performer and writer of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation. She has written seven books of poetry, including She Had Some Horses and How We Became Human, and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
 
Published July 9, 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company. 176 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Heidi Utz on Apr 16 2013

...it ends too soon, prior to most of the successes Ms. Harjo has known in her creative life. I wanted to hear more about her writing process and her journey in taking up musical performance at the age of 40...

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