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Crazy Brave: A Memoir Hardcover – July 9, 2012
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A saga about the survival of spirituality and creativity in the face of generations of racism, dispossession, and familial dysfunction. — Rebecca Steinitz (Boston Globe)
A must-read for her fans and a fascinating door into her world for those new to her work. — Elizabeth Wilkinson (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Harjo allows the reader to know her intimately, and we are enriched by her honesty. — Booklist
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On the personal side, I am so grateful to Joy Harjo for this book. While it is about her life, what she could not know is that her life resonated with my life as well, and explained so much to me of why I am how I am. I too had the knowing, and saw things that were not there. I grew up believing I was just white. My mother was just white. My deeply-adored yet alcoholic, darker-skinned father was largely gone by the time I was eight or nine, and only there on the weekends before then. He never once mentioned that we were part Cherokee. I only found out in a letter from his older sister, my Aunt Joy, when I was sixteen that we were. I went into a kind of shock that lasted a really long time. I was excited, but at the same time confused as to who I was!
It was not until I read Joy Harjo's book that it all came together for me that my mystical strangeness was not only about all my past lives, but also deeply about my ancestral blood. Thank you, Joy Harjo, thank you.
Her wisdom is deep, abundant and true. It is born of experience, pain and survival, though she imparts her truths with insight and clarity.
In this memoir, Joy Harjo recalls important aspects of her life. Joy's journey in life has been a difficult one. Being of Native American heritage (though mixed), her experiences are clearly rooted in tradition and spirit. Yet, she has always felt this "knowing". It has been her guide and her saving grace throughout her life. Her ability to trust her inner vision, her "knowing", and this unspoken voice is indeed more than brave. Her example in following this is powerful.
I greatly respect the strong ties to nature and the earth found in Native American spirituality. I incorporate many of these beliefs and thoughts, personally. My own heritage is mixed and rough. Unfortunately, I do not know much about this part of my ancestral history.
In addition to this brave, lyrical memoir and her poetry, Joy Harjo is a gifted musician. I highly recommend all of her creative and important offerings. She is both inspiring and wise.
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Joy Harjo is an excellent writer! I felt that I was with her in all she endured. I shared the book with my sister who loved it also. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Francine Guillory
Joy Harjo is a mentor to me as a writer. She says so much in so few words. Thank you, Joy.Published 3 months ago by Judy Myers
I was really moved by this book. I highly recommend it. I purchased copies for all of my sisters.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I had to purchase this book for a college course, and I'm glad I did. I have never been much of a reader, but I was hooked on this book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kelsey Pavlik
Excellent writing makes you want to meet this person. Google her for video she is awesome.
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A beautiful thoughtful autobiography full of depth and clarityPublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
This honest memoir leaves you with contemplative understanding of the spiritual journey of a modern day Native American woman. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Annette Gray