Crazy Brave

Crazy Brave

A Memoir

Book - 2012
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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.

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton, c2012.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393073461
Branch Call Number: 811.54 HARJO J
Characteristics: 169 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.


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Hillsboro_EmilyS Jan 02, 2019

If you loved There There by Tommy Orange, try this book next.

Apr 26, 2018

Beautiful! Worth a read.

Mar 27, 2018

Very ordinary writing.

ArapahoeSummer Jun 09, 2017

Follow Harjo's river of memories in this beautifully written and lyrical memoir. As a child, she recognized the beauty of her mother's music. She came to see poetry as "singing on paper."

ChelseaJM Oct 04, 2016

It's tough to find words to describe this very poetic memoir: eloquent, breathtaking, powerful, uplifting. Joy Harjo is a poet, a mystic, and a warrior. I wonder if everyone who reads this will be so moved, or if it's one of those rare gems that's perfect just for a certain someone. Survivors, women of color, mothers, poets and writers should certainly give it a try. I expect that you will not be disappointed.

JCLHelenH May 20, 2016

Harjo writes eloquently about difficult times.

Feb 28, 2015

Amazing and engaging, just like her personality. Heard her give a reading at UIUC that was entertaining and spellbinding.

LaughingOne Dec 06, 2012

Having read her poetry and been to a couple of readings she did, I was quite interested in learning more about Joy Harjo. This memoir helped me understand her and her work more. It is moving and powerful. I highly recommend it.


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