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Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo

I was introduced to Joy Harjo through an On Being interview. She is primarily a poet, but she also plays the saxophone both solo and with pulled-together players she often calls the Arrow Dynamics Band. She became the first Native American Poet Laureate in 2019 and will serve through 2021. Crazy Brave is her memoir

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The Unfit Heiress: The Tragic Life and Scandalous Sterilization of Ann Cooper Hewitt by Audrey Clare Farley

I learned about Farley and her newly published book when I attended a zoom book tour. Farley’s well researched reporting on the popularization of eugenics at the turn of the 20th century is eye-opening. Farley’s work shines a light on very disturbing practices that have been legally supported by the Supreme Court (Buck v. Bell,

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The local women’s shelter does a fundraising event every year. It is usually at the local downtown theater, but because of COVID, it was available virtually in 2020 and 2021. The fundraiser serves as a platform to show films made by and about women. The shorts are always wonderful. I just finished watching this year’s

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