Gringos in Paradise: An American Couple Build Their Dream Retirement House in a Seaside Village in Mexico

Barry Golson, Author . Scribner $24 (325p) ISBN 978-0-7432-7635-1

After a career in publishing (as executive editor of Playboy and TV Guide ), Golson decided it was time to plan for retirement. With a modest nest egg and an urge for sunshine and adventure, he and his wife traveled Mexico researching American retirees for an AARP article that eventually won a Lowell Thomas award and became the seed for this funny and practical book. On impulse, Golson and his wife also bought land in their favorite spot, the Mexican seaside village of Sayulita. Returning to build their home, they realized their cliffside property was impractical; with the remainder of their savings, they bought more land and started their dream house. As with most home-building sagas, they faced obstacles (permit hassles, contractors who backed out) and made errors (the staircase didn't reach the roof) but, magically, the house was ready when the extended family arrived for Thanksgiving. In the end, the house-building process became their vehicle for cultural transplantation; by the time their home was finished, the Golsons knew a lot more about Mexican village life and felt totally comfortable with their new neighbors. (Nov.)

Reviewed on: 09/11/2006
Release date: 11/01/2006
Paperback - 312 pages - 978-0-7432-7636-8
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