Ghost Dances: Proving Up on the Great Plains

Ghost Dances: Proving Up on the Great Plains

by Josh Garrett-Davis

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Ghost Dances: Proving Up on the Great Plains by Josh Garrett-Davis

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316199858
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 08/21/2012
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Josh Garrett-Davis has an MFA from Columbia and is currently a PhD student in American history at Princeton. Ghost Dances is his first book.

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