Every movement has its book.
Gritty, raw and spiritual, Ghetto Plainsman chronicles one man's triumph over humiliation, self-defeat, anger and violence by taking us on a chaotic journey between urban survival and the life-or-death struggles of the ravaged American Great Plains. As a modern-day parable for our crashing Earth, this gripping story reveals how someone on the cut, hustling, drug dealing and trying to beat back despair transforms himself into someone working to save great stretches of the American West that prove to be even more violent and devastated than the inner city.
Jarid Manos finds comfort on a curb or in the shadows of a deserted street. He sees the world as a constant war zone filled with hatred and ugliness. He burns with backlash resentment. To complicate matters, he is tormented by a self-loathing denial of his sexuality and wants to kill it out of him. From coastal Texas to an 80s-early 90s New York City under siege by drugs and AIDS, to a xenophobic L.A. wasteland divided by race and class, all the way out into the stricken Great Plains, Manos can barely see the door that Earth has always held open for us to heal, until … at his last gasp –
It is inside the eye of this storm that Manos finally hears the inner voice: Where are you right now? His personal healing transformation is a model for the new Ecological Health Movement.
Beautifully written, infused with a raw realism, hope, and an epilogue of practical solutions, Ghetto Plainsman is the searing journey of one of the Green Movement's most original voices at a time when the world is in crisis and heading into ecological collapse.
"Heartbreaking and beautifully written with a dignity rarely seen in books today." — E. Lynn Harris, 10 time New York Times bestselling author
"Wonderful, brutal ... Hugely important." — Melanie Lambert, Summerlee Foundation
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About the Author
Jarid Manos is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Great Plains Restoration Council, which is headquartered in Houston, Texas. He has been published or written about in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Dallas Morning News, Denver Post, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, USA Today, Smithsonian, Congressional Quarterly, Houston Chronicle, Albuquerque Journal, Grist, Yes! and many others, and is a featured guest speaker nationwide, having spoken at churches, organizations, rallies, conferences, businesses, chambers of commerce, and schools and universities, including Spelman and MIT. He is also a health advocate and youth worker. Through his guidance, GPRC has helped found the new Ecological Health movement which helps young people heal themselves through healing the Earth. A vegan athlete, he also serves on the Board of Directors of the Black Vegetarian Society of Texas. Mr. Manos resides in Houston and Fort Worth, Texas. He has one son. Ghetto Plainsman is his first book.