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5.0 out of 5 stars Telling It Like It Is, January 31, 2011
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This review is from: Hard Grass: Life on the Crazy Woman Bison Ranch (Hardcover)
Mary Stange's book "Hard Grass" is every bit as good as Jonathan Raban's book "Bad Land," a national best seller that covered about the same area in southeastern Montana, and it deserves to have the same national audience that his book got. Unlike so many books that have romanticized the West, Stange tells it like it is. This, I think, is as important as it is valuable. Idealized images about the West, cowboys, and the rural ethic have been telling us untrue things about ourselves, getting us all entangled in an ugly politics of myth. We need the truth to heal. Toward this end, Stange very carefully and thoughtfully takes a look at life in rural Montana, identifying the myths and then describing the reality. Some of her neighbors might complain, but Stange is as unsparing on herself as she is on them. A fervent advocate of sustainable ranching and local food, for example, she honestly explores her various disillusions with them--the hard work, the gritty reality, the many disappointments. However, "Hard Grass" is ultimately a success story. Mary Stange tells us how sustainability is possible and actually does work. That's why this book is so valuable.
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Initial post: Feb 2, 2011 10:46:57 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2011 7:55:29 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 9, 2011 9:45:53 PM PDT
Wade was born and raised on that farm ranch. He didn't move there. He is the 4th generation living on land homesteaded in 1911, one hundred years ago. He lives in a solar heated home he built with his own hands against a hillside that required minimal utilities. He is nothing like Stange. He has only hunted ducks. He does not hunt. Your research is severely lacking and you didn't read any of his online biography or you would know that. He has farm ranched since he was born, on land homesteaded by his great grandfather.

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