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Book Title: Ghost Dances: Proving Up on the Great Plains|
The author of the book: Josh Garrett-Davis
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Edition: Little, Brown and Company
Date of issue: August 21st 2012
ISBN 13: 9780316199841
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Growing up in South Dakota, Josh Garrett-Davis knew he would leave. But as a young adult, he kept going back--in dreams and reality and by way of books. With this beautifully written narrative about a seemingly empty but actually rich and complex place, he has reclaimed his childhood, his unusual family--and the Great Plains.
Among the subjects and people that bring his Midwestern Plains to life are the destruction and resurgence of the American bison; Native American "Ghost Dancers," who attempted to ward off destruction by supernatural means; the political allegory to be found in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; and current attempts by ecologists to "rewild" the Plains, complete with cheetahs. Garrett-Davis infuses the narrative with stories of his family as well--including his great-great-grandparents' twenty-year sojourn in Nebraska as homesteaders and his progressive Methodist cousin Ruth, a missionary in China ousted by Mao's revolution. GHOST DANCES is a fluid combination of memoir and history and reportage that reminds us our roots matter.
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Read information about the authorJosh Garrett-Davis was born and raised in South Dakota. He attended Amherst College in Massachusetts, and then lived in New York City (mostly in Brooklyn) for nine years. He played bass guitar in punk rock bands from age 14, and also performs as a singer-songwriter. He received an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University and is currently working toward a PhD in American history at Princeton University. He currently lives in Philadelphia with his longtime sweetheart, the performance maker Marina Libel.
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