Crazy Brave: A Memoir

By Joy Harjo

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Description

In this transcendent memoir, grounded in tribal myth and ancestry, music and poetry, Joy Harjo 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. Narrating the complexities of betrayal and love, Crazy Brave is a haunting, visionary memoir about family and the breaking apart necessary in finding a voice.

Product Details

Price: $15.95  $14.67
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published Date: July 29, 2013
Pages: 169
Dimensions: 5.5 X 0.6 X 8.1 inches | 0.3 pounds
ISBN: 9780393345438

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About the Author

Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee Creek Nation and was named United States Poet Laureate in 2019. The author of eight books of poetry and a memoir, Crazy Brave, she lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Reviews

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
A must-read for her fans and a fascinating door into her world for those new to her work.--Elizabeth Wilkinson
Stirring...In her harrowing and ultimately hopeful story, Harjo allows the reader to know her intimately, and we are enriched by her honesty.
Gritty and mystical...Reads like a sacred prayer.
Exquisite...A must-read for anyone who appreciates the healing power of literature.
Blunt, moving...[Affirms and acclaims] the artistic impulse.
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.
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