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Taos Soul: Love Stories, Heroes, and Wild Adventure [Kindle Edition]

John Hamilton Farr
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Book Description

"IT WAS FRIDAY AFTERNOON, and the post office was full of Indians..."

From the opening sentence, you know you're in a different world. Part memoir, nature writing, black comedy, confession, and journal of spiritual discovery, TAOS SOUL is a collection of 62 true stories about life in northern New Mexico. What is it like to live in an old adobe house at 7,000 feet with only a wood stove for heat and coyotes howling outside the door? Have you ever hiked or driven where no one would find you if disaster struck? What happens to your marriage when your wife moves 1,200 miles away? And what happens in your heart, living on the edge where all of this is true?

The thematically arranged chapters cover the period from 2005 to 2010, beginning six years after the author and his wife moved from the quiet Eastern Shore of Maryland to the terrible beauty of Taos. About 50,000 words, four photos. [NOTE: For the years '99 to 2004, please see BUFFALO LIGHTS: Tales From an American Journey in the Amazon Kindle Store.]


Product Details

  • File Size: 2567 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Zoo Pilot Publishing (July 5, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003UV8NK0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #924,434 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely an Original July 17, 2010
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Whatever John Farr decides to write, it is always a joy to read. His stories are original and intelligent. They touch the heart to tears and make you laugh out loud. Taos Soul is a rare view into personal discovery and a deepening of the human soul in the town of Taos, New Mexico, a town unlike any other...a gathering point for cosmic outlaws and desperados, journeying together into realms of consciousness that are formed between the depths of the Rio Grand Gorge and the peaks of Taos Mountain. You will not be disappointed.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended December 16, 2010
By David K
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Taos is known as a powerful, mystical, strikingly beautiful place, but it's also known (to a lesser extent) as a rugged and isolated town where eking out a simple living can be very challenging. John Hamilton Farr portrays both sides well in this collection of stories revolving around life in Taos. Farr's very personal accounts cover the difficulties of becoming accustomed to the unique environment of Taos, the simple joys of road trips and sipping tequila on the back patio, the excitement of hiking in the surrounding mountains, and the distress of a dangerous camping trip in the harsh Indian Country. If you're a fan of regional writers such as Edward Abbey, Jim Harrison, and John Graves, who appreciate life in the stark, less populated reaches of the U.S., I think you'll enjoy Farr's writing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My take on Taos Soul December 10, 2010
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It takes a lot to live in an old adobe in the high desert outside of Taos, New Mexico. It's tough. John Farr's book, a three parter of stories about his inner and outer life in NM as an incomer of a decade's standing, will disavow you of any notion that you can just go up there, light down, and live the good life. Because it's rough, really rough. The climate. The land. Living down an unmade road. The mud - and John can really describe mud, believe me - and the flies and the sheer unremitting attention that has to be paid to making sure there's enough wood, food, water, that the car's a runner, that you take care where you put your feet and you most of all respect the fact that the wilderness, which pulls you and surrounds you can also, if you are foolhardy, kill you.

John's skill is that he keeps it real personal. He rides you through the rough bits, the tough bits, and the bits where spirit and soul are the only compass you can take with you on the journey. As you travel with him you too become part of the journey and this is why, in the end, I am going to remember the places he takes us to. And the characters and the people in his life. The thing about this writer is, he's never boring and a lot of the time he's very funny. If reading this book has done anything for me, who has inclinations towards New Mexico, visiting there as often as I can, it is to corral the romantic notions and say it like it is - brutal and exquisite. It takes a good writer to negotiate that combo. He's done it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Continuing Stories of a Wonderous Place, Taos... March 14, 2013
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A mix of stories from in and around Taos, New Mexico by a wonderful writer. John is full of great stories and is a fantastic wordsmith. John tells a great story about Taos. His stories paint a mindful picture and as I read, I envision my last trip to Taos. If you get a chance you must visit Johns website [...]. Also, pickup John's other book, Buffalo Lights: Rvised Edition...another great read about Taos from john.

Great read...don't miss it..!!
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More About the Author

John Hamilton Farr lives in Taos, New Mexico, U.S.A. His latest book is The HELEN CHRONICLES. He and his wife moved to el Norte from Maryland sixteen years ago from Maryland. Read BUFFALO LIGHTS and TAOS SOUL to learn how it went. (Writing from the heart, folks.) You can also follow John on Twitter at @jhfarr.

From the author's website:

John's Air Force family moved over forty times before he graduated from high school. He's lived in Maryland, D.C., Virginia, Germany, Texas, New York, Arkansas, and New Mexico, not exactly in that order and sometimes more than once. He went to high school in three states and earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees from U.T. Austin. At one time or another he's been a sculptor, painter, teacher, office manager, groundskeeper, cartoonist, online news editor, Web designer, and rock and roll songwriter. A few years ago, he played rhythm guitar for Los Changos del Mar, "New Mexico's only extraterrestrial, psycho-surf-punk, spy-billy, harem conjunto."

Author Statement:

"When I'm able to write like that, I feel ecstasy and unity with all Creation. It's like an athlete performing an 'impossible' feat with seeming effortlessness and grace. I live for that... When I'm in that state, I don't care about money or sex or food. I don't care about who I am or what I am. I don't care if I'm in the front of the line or at the very end. I don't even care if I'm alive or dead, because it seems I'm in the same place, either way." - JHF (@jhfarr)

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