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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.
©2012 Joy Harjo (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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By Edward in Washington on 01-02-18

Great story

Excellent book, authentic and from the heart. highly recommend for group reads, community and students.

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By Amazon Customer on 11-26-17

beautiful poetry and memoir

I really recommend this on audiobook. the oration was a gift. the story was a very valuable perspective for me. beautiful prose. it weaves in and out of her story and poetic visions..I wish the book lasted a little longer and focused more on Joy's later life. I thought her writing on early motherhood and her personal anxiety was beautiful and gripping.

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