Crazy Brave: A Memoir


Author:
Harjo, Joy
Grade Levels:
College, University
Nation:
Creek, Muskogee, Southeast
Book Type:
PB
Pages:
176
Publisher:
W.W. Norton & Company (Penguin)

Price:
Sale price$21.95

Description

In Crazy Brave: A Memoir by Joy Harjo a leading Native American voice, details her journey to becoming a poet, artist and musician. Born in Oklahoma, the end place of the Trail of Tears, Joy 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. This memoir by Cherokee/Creek woman is grounded in tribal narratives, music and poetry. She acknowledges her cultural responsibility because she is entrusted with carrying voices, songs, and stories to grow and release into the world.  She is successful through her memories, dreams and visions along her journey of living and contributing to the cultural landscape of America. Narrating the complexities of betrayal and love, Crazy Brave (the title reflects the family surname's meaning) is a memoir about family and the breaking apart necessary in finding a voice. Harjo’s story of a difficult youth, young adulthood, and transformation into an award-winning poet and musician is haunting, unique, and visionary.

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