New Book Launch!


Let there be no more mud forever

Hah! Big enough for you? I don’t have a page for it here yet, but you can grab it now at Amazon. It’s also at the iBooks Store and was approved but later put under review because of an overlooked link to an Amazon page—big no-no! I’ve fixed all that, and now we have to wait. This is a gorgeous digital book. It displays beautifully on Kindle devices and the free Kindle app itself (on any computer or device). My favorite way to read this is the iBooks app on iPads and iPhones, because of the optional scrolling view. If you have one of those, you might want to wait (a few hours? a few days?) for the already-uploaded iBooks version to go live at the iBooks Store.

Here’s the official blurb. It should sound familiar to longtime readers of this blog, which provided most of the heavily reworked content. (Think of it as a thematically grouped curated collection with better photos.) I expect Another Day in Paradise: Notes from Taos will be the last of the original series (Buffalo Lights, Taos Soul) covering life at our current location in this charming but funky old adobe in Llano Quemado in Ranchos de Taos.

John and his wife moved to the high desert of Taos, New Mexico seventeen years ago from Maryland. These very personal notes from Taos cover the last six years. From the introduction: “The floor is hand-smoothed adobe mud spread directly on the roughly leveled earth. The internet cable comes in through a hole at my feet drilled through eighteen inches of adobe bricks. There’s a wood stove and a gas wall heater. No ceiling lights or closets. The oldest washing machine I’ve ever used empties into the kitchen sink unless you forget to hook up the hose. Once I found a baby scorpion on the counter. Black widows thrive in nooks and corners. We’ve had coyotes, foxes, and stray cattle ten feet from the back door. There’s a ninety-mile view from the mailbox. Northern New Mexico (El Norte) is one of the most compelling places I’ve ever lived, with impossible vistas, extremes of climate, mountains, deserts, wildlife, and extraordinary people. It’s also ancient, isolated, and harsh. We came here from established lives in Maryland in 1999, neither of us young or wealthy. Speaking for myself, it was the most outrageous, dangerous, and necessary thing I’ve ever done.”

43,000 words, 82 chapters, 85 beautiful high-resolution photographs. Sections include A Certain Edge, Llano Quemado, Mystery Train, Garden of Eden, and Amor y Muerte. ISBN: 978-0-9830838-4-9. Just $5.99.

To get things rolling, I finally activated the JHF✫NEWS. This was originally conceived of as a new releases newsletter. Given my erratic output up to now, however, I’m probably going to make it monthly for a stronger connection with readers and subscribers. For example, there are works-in-progress to talk about, and I’d like embed a monthly video report. There will also be rewards for current and new subscribers to be announced next month. In any event, you can easily sign up or unsubscribe as often as you like. Give it a try. Just one email per month.

I’ll let you know when Apple relents. Onward through the fog.

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John Hamilton Farr lives at 7,000 feet in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico, U.S.A. As New York Times best-selling author James C. Moore tells it, John is “a man attuned to the world who sees it differently than you and I and writes about it with a language and a vision of life that is impossible to ignore.” This JHFARR.COM site is the master writing archive. To email John, please see CONTACT INFO on About page. For a complete list of all John’s writing, photography, NFTs, and social media links, please visit JHFARR.ART  

  • Rita June 21, 2016, 3:52 PM

    Yay! I’ll get the ipad version! Onward thru the fog!!! or mud, I guess.

    • JHF June 21, 2016, 4:04 PM

      It’s so cool on the iPad (that means you’ll be using iBooks). Just tap on any photo, and it expands to full-screen view. I wish the Amazon devices did that. Maybe they do and I’m just ignorant. Someone needs to set me straight.

  • George Stamas June 21, 2016, 4:11 PM

    Yeah, iPad on iBooks is the way to go. Looking forward to it.

    • JHF June 21, 2016, 4:17 PM

      Still “in review” as of this reply. Apple has speeded things up in that department, however, so I doubt we’ll have to wait too long.

  • Fw June 21, 2016, 4:42 PM

    Hi John, just downloaded the book from Amazon…not an Apple fan, but it looks great on my Samsung Tablet…I now have the complete John Farr Collection to read, re-read and reminisce about my time in Taos.
    Always a pleasure, John…hope this finds you both well…
    Cheers, Fred

    • JHF June 21, 2016, 10:41 PM

      I don’t know about Android devices. But I’m delighted to hear it looks great on your Samsung. (Whew.) Very encouraging.

      Yes, we’re fine. Thanks!

  • Scott Salmon June 21, 2016, 6:38 PM

    Congratulations on another book to your credit. As someone with one foot (and a job) in DC and the other at a modest homestead in Ranchos de Taos where my soul finds comfort and my imagination is unleashed, I eagerly await your blog posts and look forward to reading the newest tome on ibooks. I always wondered, if there is no physical book, is there ever a book party?

    • JHF June 21, 2016, 10:38 PM

      I could use a book party. Any ole party. Haven’t been to a good party in years! I could also use one o’ them homesteads. Are you a writer or other kind of artist? (“Imagination is unleashed,” etc.)

      Anyway, good to know, and many thanks.

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