In 2 parts, Back Wards, Blue Rooms tells the 86-year history of the Ladd School, capturing the spirit of its mystery and revealing the reasons for its infamy.
Part 1 describes the institution's rise... More > from a farm colony of 8 inhabitants to a sprawling behemoth of brick and mortar holding 1,000 souls.
In 4 fascinating chapters the story unfolds, bringing together the author's narration, historical texts, and the very words of Dr. Ladd himself.
Part 2 portrays the fall of the Ladd School spanning nearly four decades marred by scandal and public disfavor.In another 4 starkly revealing chapters, the startling and grim details of the conditions by which the institution would earn its notoriety are disclosed for the first time since it was abandoned more than 10 years ago.Chronicling numerous cases of abuses and deaths, the controversial 2nd half of this book sounds a warning to future generations on behalf of the severe lessons learned from the dramatic and extraordinary saga of the Ladd School.< Less
"For over fifty years we have grown our own food. This is the story of how we do it. The book is highly personal. It does not give an account of every possibility. Rather, it makes... More > recommendations based on our experience."
This book is still in rough draft form: The binding is along the top rather than the side and the pictures are low resolution. But all of the content is present. Text and most photographs (of family members working in the garden) by Paul Ladd; cover woodcut by Eva Ladd. There is a higher quality edition in the pipeline which may be available eventually, but in the meantime this book is worth reading in any format.< Less
A Gemstone Book (TRADE PAPERBACK) - 347 pages ***
By turns quirky and inventive, humorous and adept, SWEET SALLY ANN challenges the depths of childhood fear, from the suspicion of parents on the... More > verge of divorce to the prospect of something that lurks in the woods. When young Cody Bryant becomes obsessed with the disappearance of his classmate, everything that was right seems suddenly wrong. A year later, when he discovers her bones, it’s time to rethink the world at large and all that emerges from it—the intimately personal, the fantastic, the shockingly real. In resolving the dramatic and tightly contained mystery of what happened to Sally Ann, Cody discovers one truth after another about himself and his childhood loves—and the unimaginable hope promised through the choices he makes.< Less
Published by Creative Editions (Trade Paperback) - 94 pages ***
Riding the Absolute is “...a deeply philosophical collection of poems assaying the ultimate questions with élan and... More > music. A book celebrating our capacity ‘to solve the riddles of love & pain.... Uncompromising...’”
— Judges’ Citation, Writer’s Digest National Book Award ***
“A bright shining discovery. In each poem there is that one breathtaking turn of phrase, that unexpected slap, that sudden light. Yes!”
—Zinta Aistars, poet (Mala Kausa and Olina)< Less
A Gemstone Book (TRADE PAPERBACK) - 349 pages ***
To escape a life of abuse, fifteen-year-old Evan Adamson sacrifices the love of his childhood sweetheart only to find himself caught up in the... More > ill-begotten adventures of three Gypsy outcasts who ultimately teach him the ways of the heart and the soul, and most importantly that, “...there will always be that in this world which goes beyond understanding and speaks to the heart in a more meaningful way.” When Evan finds himself torn between the dark girl of his dreams and a promise he made to his mother years before, he sees in a single moment the reflection of his own true nature and the capacity for a love that transcends all else. By the very enigma of riddles, he comes to discover himself. And those discoveries are heartbreaking and wise, as complex as they are devastating—for in heaven and in our dreams, love is simple and glorious, but it is something quite different in the world of flesh.< Less