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Product Details

  • Paperback: 449 pages
  • Publisher: Temba House Press; 2nd edition (October 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966841344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966841343
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,791,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Heartbreaking and beautifully written with a dignity rarely seen in books today.— E. Lynn Harris, 10-time New York Times best-selling author.

"Like a modern-day John the Baptist emerging from the wilderness, he came " imploring us to repent of our sins against the land... The book is a sensitive, gritty, graphic and triumphant chronicle of one man's remarkable journey from the depths of desperation, through the dark corridors of self-deprecation and denial to the majestic plateaus of self-assurance" discovered partly in the wide-open western plains where he has always found solace and refuge... An insightful look into the life, the heart and the soul of a man who cares about the Earth and humanity... a poetic lyricism that rivals the world's greatest writers." -- Bob Ray Sanders, Vice President, Associate Editor, and Columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram; award-winning member/National Association of Black Journalists.

"This book shook me to the core. Manos' voice is compelling and irresistible. The integrity of the land and our most important stories have always been inseparable, and Manos expands this storytelling tradition to our current era in which both are under unimaginable duress. Ghetto Plainsman beautifully forges a path forward despite voices of the apocalypse clamoring everywhere, and as such is a crucial element of my personal toolbox of hope against senseless destruction."—Elizabeth Merrick, author-editor of the acclaimed anthology This Is Not Chick Lit.

"Just as intense as any good hip-hop album... The nimble, brutal language that Manos uses to describe the hustlers and lost souls of New York and Los Angeles works equally well in capturing the delicate beauty of a yucca plant, a sunset along an impossible horizon or the mysterious animal life that populates his adopted home. Not since Edward Abbey have I seen such an improbable writer so hopelessly in love with nature, and so gifted in describing its bounty."— Paul Constant, Whole Life Times The new face of the environment</i34;

This is a personal story about activism and [Manos'] road home is a long and tortuous one. Idealistic young men and women should take heed of the price one must pay to live according to high principles. Manos' writing style is poetic and flowing, especially when he writes about plains animals and their landscape. Although the language of the street often makes its way into his prose, there's no denying his writing glows when he writes about the environment. The reader may come away filled with a certain sadness that the author suffered from bad decisions and even worse behavior. But an abiding love for a special part of the world has helped him rise above his flaws and become a better man. This is a story not often told." --Yvonne Marcotte, Epoch Times, New York staff

"In his fascinating new book, Ghetto Plainsman, Jarid Manos fashions peace, beauty and hope from the unlikely raw materials of his own personal biography and his observations of the grave dangers facing our shared environment. Part detailed memoir, part sophisticated manifesto and call to action, Ghetto Plainsman is one jolting, shocking read, but a ride well worth taking." -- Bill Nevins, FIVE Magazine

"Wonderful, brutal... Hugely important." -- Melanie Lambert, Summerlee Foundation

"A true artistic talent." -- Washington Blade

"If you haven't joined the movement after reading the book, then you haven't read Ghetto Plainsman!" -- Judge Maryellen Hicks, and host of KKDA "Speakout"

GHETTO PLAINSMAN reads as the soliloquy of a loner who, after descending into the deepest of hells, comes to relinquish his anguish in order to make pact with the land and its inhabitants â whether buffalo or bird, homeless derelict or drug-dazed passerby. This deal is a promise to self as well as to them. A promise to strive towards wholeness, recovery, reclamation, and a resurrection of sorts. -- Tammy Gomez, contributing author to HECHO IN TEJAS

"An intense journey from darkness to redemption... and a manifesto that exhorts us, in passages of sophisticated and sublime beauty, to honor and protect the land we love.I am reminded of a modern day Walt Whitman or Jack Kerouac. His is a voice, like theirs, of urgency and hope, of yearning and celebration." -- Paul John Roach, senior minister, Unity Church of Fort Worth

Through his work with the <aGreat Plains Restoration Council, Jarid Manos' words become actions, actions that illustrate the impact of his deeply compelling story."<br /> --Tamara Warren, pop culture writer for Rolling Stone, Vibe, XXL and Men's Journal

"In his fascinating new book, Ghetto Plainsman, Jarid Manos fashions peace, beauty and hope from the unlikely raw materials of his own personal biography and his observations of the grave dangers facing our shared environment. Part detailed memoir, part sophisticated manifesto and call to action, Ghetto Plainsman is one jolting, shocking read, but a ride well worth taking." -- Bill Nevins, FIVE Magazine

"Wonderful, brutal... Hugely important." -- Melanie Lambert, Summerlee Foundation

"A true artistic talent." -- Washington Blade

"If you haven't joined the movement after reading the book, then you haven't read Ghetto Plainsman!" -- Judge Maryellen Hicks, and host of KKDA "Speakout"

About the Author

Jarid Manos is founder and CEO of Great Plains Restoration Council, which helps troubled youth heal themselves through healing the damaged Earth. He is an author, green leader, youth worker, health advocate, vegan athlete, and father. He has been published or written about in many different publications, and is a featured guest speaker nationwide.

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Ghetto Plainsman is an important book of transformation. Such a clear story of not what many have taught "how the west was won" but how the west was destroyed and this man's determination to heal both his life and the injured earth while exposing the ugly ignorance, racism and violence underlying the destruction of the sacred life on this planet. A raw, intense story of despair, hope and redemption. Jarid's love for the planet's wild spaces is contagious. I especially love his Restoration, Not Incarceration project. I hope this book will be made into a movie.
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Jarid Manos has done a provocative and often breathtaking job of writing the brutal and naked truth of his urban coming of age. The twist is, his coming of age as a gay hustler becomes and is the first stop on his path to an enlightened environmentalism. Where symbiosis may seem lacking, he shows how his hardships are his strengths as they somehow nourish his acceptance of nature's wisdom. Manos'message is one for our time. In the seemingly random and fast-paced chaos of urban living, nothing has changed per humanity's need for harmony with nature.
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By SoulRebel on January 4, 2011
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Ghetto Plainsman takes you on a journey from the very beginning and does not let you go. The book is so well written, you feel as if you are in the room with Mr. Manos every minute of every page.
The honesty of the author's thoughts and experiences help make this book very hard to put down.
I highly recommend this book.
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