Ladder Memory: Stories from the Painting Trade by Mark Ellis
In Ladder Memory, Stories from the Painting Trade, freelance journalist and writer Mark Ellis recalls his 30 year journey from apprentice painter to successful painting contractor. A memoir that will resonate for painters, those in the paint retail marketplace, trade contractors and for anyone who has ever hired a painter or picked up a brush. In "Mrs. Peltzer's Husband" a floor epoxy job becomes a look into the life of a woman suffering from emotional abuse. "The Stairwell" takes readers through the hellish painting of a seven-story industrial stairwell with a certifiably motley crew. "Plants I Have Known" humorously catalogues the obstacles to a good paint job created by bushes and trees. "Sam Drucker and the Frogs" recounts the story of a celebrity client and a controversial neighborhood frog abatement project. A useful appendix offers proven painting tips. These stories scrape the knuckles and get under the fingernails. Ellis brings authenticity and discovery to his exploration of the experiences of a housepainter, and the entrapments, frailties, and indomitable spirits of those living and working in the structure he paints.