ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE: Notes from Taos
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. I wrote about the early years in my previous two books, Buffalo Lights and Taos Soul. The chapters in this volume first appeared at JHFARR.COM from 2010 through early 2016. I’ve edited and arranged them here thematically for greater impact.$5.99. About 43K words, featuring 85 high-resolution photos. Zoo Pilot Publishing. ASIN: B01H8MIS56 (Kindle), ISBN: 978-0-9830838-4-9. (More info here.) Available at these digital stores.
Maryland to New Mexico
An improved, revised ebook version of the original classic, featuring over 40 photographs. This material predates the content of TAOS SOUL and details the author’s move to northern New Mexico in 1999: “John and his wife dodge gunshots at Christmas, sink in mud to the axles, and find human bones in the dirt. Along the way he meets a shaman, Buddhist monks, knife-toting tough guys, a guru mechanic, Jesus himself, and the devil’s own dogs.” For Amazon Kindle, $4.99. About 45K words, photo-illustrated. Zoo Pilot Publishing. ASIN: B004HILSCU (Kindle), ISBN: 978-0-9830838-2-5. (More info here.) Available at these digital stores.
Love Stories, Heroes, and Wild Adventure
A collection of 62 true stories about a passionate struggle to survive as newcomers in northern New Mexico. Ever live in an old adobe house at 7,000 feet with only a wood stove for heat and coyotes howling just outside the door? What happens when your wife moves 1,200 miles away? About 50K words, $4.99. Zoo Pilot Publishing. ASIN: B003UV8NK0 (Kindle), ISBN: 978-0-9830838-1-8 (Kindle); ISBN: 978-0-9830838-0-1 (Epub). (More info here.) Available at these digital stores.
The HELEN CHRONICLES:
When Your Mother Falls Apart
This annotated, chronological collection of blog posts tells the story of the author’s mother’s chaotic last years under the influence of dementia, Alzheimer’s, paranoia, schizophrenia, delusions, and hallucinations. (If that says “family” to you, you’re in the right place.) The prologue is a song called “Mother Don’t Kill Me.” The epilogue is entitled “The Untold Story of Helen’s Capture.” $4.99. About 33K words, twenty-one photos. Zoo Pilot Publishing. ASIN: B00LKB6F4S (Kindle), Apple ID: 898507618, ISBN: 978-0-9830838-3-2. (More info here.) Available at these digital stores.
BUFFALO LIGHTS: Maryland to New Mexico
This high-quality paperback is the original edition of BUFFALO LIGHTS. From the back cover: “If it’s snowing in the sunshine, the devil is beating his wife. That’s what the locals say, and after six years of struggle and adventure in the terrible beauty of northern New Mexico, writer John H. Farr is ready to believe in anything except complacency. The eagle screams just before the new millennium, when John and his wife leave everything they know in Maryland to make a living via modem in what turns out to be the frontier…” $14.95. 184 pages, ISBN: 978-1591137764. Published by Booklocker. Order from Amazon or Booklocker.