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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2012 Joy Harjo (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Audy Meadow Davison LMT on 03-13-18

Some profound insights, too briefly developed

I loved the beginning of this memoir. It took my right into an amazing place. It was bold and over the edge of 'normal' reality in a way I found enlightening and thrilling. As I listened longer to her story I felt so much that was not understood or expressed by the author that it became a recounting of painful events that she tried to bring to a successful conclusion, but it left me feeling incomplete and somewhat abandoned by this headlong rush of events that were so soul wrenching, that needed so much more understanding and healing. Joy may have done that healing. She may have understood all that chaos and pain in a way that brought her a kind of completion, but it didn't come through to me as a listener.

She is obviously a strong, fearless, passionate, wounded, amazing woman who takes life head on. I was left wanting more. More insights into each of those painful breaks, more history and background in her early imprints, more patience in evaluating and retelling her feelings and memories. More deep magic in transforming pain to transcendence, loss to wholeness.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Deborah Doucette on 03-11-18

Poetic, soulful.and searing!

This was a beautifully told, soulful story of Joy Harjo's experiences as a Native American woman. The writing is poetic and lyrical. If you enjoy magic realism and/or poetry you will love and appreciate Harjo's heart searing tale. Over too soon, I wanted more.. I highly recommend this, but I doubt its for everyone.

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