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Baja Diaries-Chronicles of A Paradise Lost [Kindle Edition]

George Puckett , Argentina Puckett , Laura Longo , Kent Anderson
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Like many Americans, George and Tina Puckett decided to retire to Mexico. After careful planning, they settled on Ensenada, a picturesque city on Mexico’s Baja Coast. This location enabled them to experience true Mexican life while still being within easy reach of the business they owned in the U.S
This book details the interesting events that transpired during their years in Ensenada. Some of their experiences will be familiar to American expats living in Mexico and other countries. Yet in some ways, their experience was unique because they were one of the few African American couples living there.

Baja Diairies- Chronicles of a Paradise Lost is an autobiographical tale that transports readers to Ensenada and lets them get a taste of what daily life is like there for Americans.

The Pucketts had some good times and some very bad times there. There are some important lessons to be learned by their experiences, and through it all their humanity shines through. This is a “must read” for anyone who has ever thought about retiring to Mexico or is curious about life there.

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About the Author

Meet the Author of Baja Diaries, Chronicles of a Paradise Lost by Kevin Byrd This is not the first book to be written by George Puckett but it is his first attempt at Creative Non-Fiction at age Sixty two. He is the father of three. He has two Sons and both are paralyzed. The youngest is paraplegic and the oldest is a quadriplegic. Some of the proceeds from this and other books will fund Ev's visit to Project Walk in an attempt to get him on his feet and walking. George also has a beautiful daughter, Alysia Marie. George is a 1962 graduate of Mitchell High School in Memphis, Tennessee. George attended undergraduate school at Morehouse College where he was active in the Civil Rights Movement. After an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Air Force, George attended San Jose State University and became a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor Society.He attended graduate school at U.C. Berkeley working towards a degree in Political Science. He and his wife Tina spent seven years in Baja California Norte, near the town of Ensenada. This book is about those times, the good and the bad, which they experienced while there. You may contact the Author at:

Product Details

  • File Size: 913 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Publisher: ESP Media; 2 edition (September 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008YE9TV0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,271 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Invaluable information and entertaining stories on Baja California. If you live, work, own property or travel to Baja California Mexico this book is a must read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Government troops evict homeowners in Mexico--and more. December 15, 2014
By Miguel
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This is a troubling account of how real estate deals can go wrong in Mexico. It happens in the USA and Canada too, but not as often or as financially disastrous as what the author describes in this book. Living on the northern Baja Peninsula for four years taught me to expect the unexpected, so this isn't really a surprise. The author handles the debacle pretty well, almost detached in some descriptions, and perhaps relies on his religious faith to keep his emotions from getting the best of him. It's a scary turn of events when busloads of government troops arrive early one morning and give homeowners fifteen minutes to evacuate their houses, a land grab still in the minds of expats from the area. What would any of us do?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Baja Diaries - Chronicles of a Paradise Lost

I enjoyed reading this book. The narrative is insightful, heartfelt and moving.

The author, George Puckett, captures the imagination of the reader, and transports one to the Baja.

While reading the book, one feels the beauty of the seascape and almost experiences the emotions of the writer.

A must read by a gifted author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed October 28, 2012
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It left me wanting more!
Reading this book I felt as if I was a part of this beautiful community. What happened to these wonderful people is heartbreaking.
Paradise was not lost in Baja however, it has always been with them where ever they may be. Peace Profound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read October 28, 2012
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I really enjoyed reading about George and Tina's adventures in Mexico. The book is written with warmth and humour and creates a vivid picture of both the local community in which they lived and the expatriate lifestyle, documenting both the good times and the bad. ome very funny stories, especially the one about Ichabod. And some deep sadness as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disjointed October 18, 2012
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There are some interesting items and stories throughout the book but as a whole it did not work for me.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this book April 10, 2015
This is an absolutely dreadful book. Badly written, poorly organized and agonizingly repetitive, it is billed as a look into the lives of a group of US expats who lost their Baja beachfront homes in a land deal gone sour. Or a land lease gone sour. Or . . . Well who the heck really knows, because the book isn't entirely clear about how this whole sorry event transpired or how it ended. Frustratingly for those who bought it looking for useable information on how and why this sad event occurred and how it finally ended, the book never clearly explains who originally owned or who bought the properties, who ended up with them post seizure, and exactly why the homes / land was seized. Or even why anyone would risk building million dollar homes in a foreign country on what appears to be leased land. No clear, concise details, timeline or explanation.
Despite the fact the book is supposed to be a "chronicle of a paradise lost," and the seizure of the land, the lion's share of it is taken up with repetitive and boring stories about the author's neighbors, local restaurants and a personal dispute involving their former church and it's pastor. But few salient details about the land-deal-gone-wrong are offered and what is contained in the books page's are scattered throughout, not grouped together in a way that makes sense to the narrative. The book reads like insider baseball, appealing only to those who know the participants or the community. Frankly, it's an incomprehensible mess, badly in need of an editor. If your purpose in buying this book is to discover the inside story of the Baja land takeover, don't waste your money and time on this offering.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book! August 4, 2008
By Steven
I spent the past 4 evenings reading Baja Diaries by George Puckett. During the days, I looked forward to my evening readings; I regretted finishing the book and not having it for the next night. On the second night I was tempted to remain reading until finished. However, I knew I would miss having the time with it over the next few evenings.

I have always been fascinated with anything and everything related to Baja. When George told me a while back he was working on a book about his Baja adventure, I told him to put me on the list for one! I was not disappointed! Although I have not been there (yet), I feel I know it now in a way I hadn't before. I am even more anxious to visit some day!

George's accounts of his joys and tribulations during his time in Baja not only made for a very enjoyable to read, but were also truly inspirational!

Steve Weber
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Baja Diaries
I thought is was poorly written and often time and often times repeated prior discussions. I would not recommend it.
Published 23 months ago by Roger Jacobs
4.0 out of 5 stars Life for Americans in Baja Mexico
This interesting book details several years of living in Mexico with the author and his wife. You will discover some of the differences between the US and Mexico. Read more
Published on February 6, 2013 by Kathryn Merrow
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst written book I've ever read!
I bought this book based on a glowing review, but now I realize it must have been written by a relative of the author. Read more
Published on October 24, 2012 by Macdivee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Just like all the other books, George has done it again.
George has a good writing style and an easy read.
Published on October 1, 2012 by NITIN MISTRY
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, true story, and a real page-turner
When I opened my Kindle copy of this book, I was just checking to be sure it downloaded okay. I don't have time to sit and read an entire book today. Read more
Published on September 28, 2012 by Aisling D'Art
5.0 out of 5 stars observations of a mexican beach bum
I have lived in Mexico over 6 years. I enjoyed reading George's writings of his Mexico adventures. There are many people that will stay in their every day lives, wishing they could... Read more
Published on August 17, 2012 by mexicanbeachbum
5.0 out of 5 stars Gwen-Vita Cheatham
As I read George Puckett's book, Baja Diaries, I was taken back to a time and a place that I could never have imagined. Read more
Published on September 4, 2008 by Vita Cheatham
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More About the Author

Mexico-Adventure of a Lifetime

Like many Americans and Canadians, George and Tina Puckett decided to retire to Mexico. After careful planning, they settled on Ensenada, a picturesque city on Mexico's Baja Coast. This location enabled them to experience true Mexican life while still being within easy reach of the business they owned in the U.S
Why Mexico? Because it is a third world country right at our southern border. Make no mistake: when you cross the international border from Texas, Arizona, or California, you are entering a third world country.

Why Mexico? Because we are African Americans, and it was fascinating to live in a country where non-whites were in charge. The government is not without its problems, bribes, and corruption, but we have our share of that here in the good old USA as well.

Why Mexico? Because we could afford to live in a home a stone's throw from the Pacific where we could watch the dolphins in the distance, see pelicans diving for their dinner, and observe the whales going south for the winter to spawn in warmer waters. We could easily afford the luxury of a weekly housekeeper and other services which were particularly costly in the US.

Why Mexico? Because the Mexican people are so friendly and accommodating. They are remarkably tolerant of the Americans trying to learn their language and even those Americans that are ignorant of the Mexican customs and traditions.

"Why not Mexico?"

My first book, "Baja Diaries-Chronicles of a Paradise Lost" was written about this 7 year period of our lives. I am currently working on a sequel to the "Baja Diaries..." The title is, "Our Sons Our Dreams." Hopefully it will be finished by the end of January and certainly by Valentine's Day.

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