Crazy Brave
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Crazy Brave


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.

Title:Crazy Brave
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:172 pages

    Crazy Brave Reviews

  • McGuffy Morris
    Oct 02, 2012

    I have been a follower of Joy Harjo for many years. I have her books and CDs.Her wisdom is deep, abundant and true. It is born of experience, pain and survival, though she imparts her truths with insi...

  • V
    Feb 12, 2014

    Ate this book in a sitting. One to be passed down through generations. Hauntingly beautiful, poignant, and true. Carefully tells its own story while calmly talking of the universe....

  • Neile
    Oct 27, 2012

    I love Joy Harjo's poetry, but at first when I started this it felt way too all over the place and stream of consciousness for me--but I'm glad I kept with it, as like some poems it gradually came int...

  • Amy (Other Amy)
    Mar 31, 2016

    I played with garter snakes, horned toads, frogs, June bugs, and other creatures. Some of my favorite playmates were roly-poly bugs. They busied about with several legs and didn't trip themselves up. ...

  • Pam Bustin
    May 11, 2015

    This book came in the mail, this morning, from a friend.I got my partner to drive home, so that I could rip open the envelope and begin reading.Crazy Brave: A MemoirSomething in this woman calls to me...

  • Sherri
    Aug 04, 2012

    I read this in a single sitting. I didn't intend to, I had things to do but all that fell away when I began to read. Even now I have things to do but they don't seem as important; Wal-Mart can wait. I...

  • Tina Cipolla
    Apr 08, 2013

    Joy Harjo is a fixture among college English majors. Somehow I managed not to read her until now, and I'm sorry I waited. This memoir was touching, realistic and honest. She paints a vivid picture of ...

  • James Giddings
    Oct 03, 2012

    I love the way she covers traumatic incidents in her life briefly and matter-of-fact-ly but dwells lovingly on her visits to the spirit world and relationships with ancestors and guides. Hers has been...

  • ElphabaNewlin
    Jan 31, 2016

    (originally reviewed at )I love me a good memoir. Reading books about other people’s lives with a focused theme or style is much more appealing to me than biographies or even ...

  • Craig Werner
    Aug 15, 2012

    Crazy Brave reads like part one of what I hope will be a two or three volume series, following Harjo's life from her (to say the least) difficult childhood in Tulsa through her connection with Native ...

About Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo

Bio Joy HarjoJoy Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a member of the Mvskoke Nation. She has released four award-winning CD's of original music and won a Native American Music Award (NAMMY) for Best Female Artist of the Year. She performs nationally and internationally solo and with her band, The Arrow Dynamics. She has appeared on HBO's Def Poetry Jam, in venues in every major U.S. city and