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Happier Than a Billionaire: Quitting My Job, Moving to Costa Rica, and Living the Zero Hour Work Week Paperback – July 3, 2011

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"One point Nadine learns from her experience is that we are all allowed to choose how we ingest what life deals us and I thank her for reminding me. And her humor! If she ever wants to look for a second occupation, she might want to consider 'stand-up comic'"   Tony Ortez, Howler Magazine


"They knew there was more to life than simply earning money to spend it on material things." Natalie Sisson,  SuitcaseEntrepreneur.com

"Reading this book is worth many, many laughs and is a welcome break from typical every-day life in the US." Heather Hill,  heather-leigh-hill.blogspot.com

About the Author

Nadine Hays Pisani is the host of the popular blog www.happierthanabillioanire.com. She lives in Costa Rica with her husband and the occasional iguana that sneaks into the house. She enjoys traveling, writing, and prefers to have a commute that ends with sipping a pina colada on a tropical beach.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First Edition edition (July 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463536100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463536107
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (742 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just finished reading this book on my Kindle and loved it. It had me laughing out loud, in fact my wife kept looking at me like I had lost my mind! She will read it next, than I can throw barbs at her. This book was funny, sarcastic, insightful and just downright a pleasure to read. Her style of writing is light and fun, but also very insightful into what her daily life is like living in Costa Rica. I can't wait to read her next book about her continuing adventures in this exotic land. I highly recommend this book !!
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This was nice easy vacation reading. Very light weight and entertaining.
I recommend it to anyone who can see humour in every day things.
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I read this book after seeing an interview online (one of the many interviews that the author has given about her experience).

I absolutely loved this book; the author certainly doesn't sugar coat her experience: yes, there are lots of potholes in the roads, and some American products are expensive (like Windex), but she also shows us that anyone with a small passive income can do this-- move away to a tropical paradise and live a very different life.

My husband and I have been researching our own move for months, and we've already planned our first trip for Decemeber. Thanks Nadine! You gave us hope that we can really do this!
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My fiance purchased this book when we decided we were going to retire to Costa Rica. We found this book not only informative for negotiating in a new country, but hilarious and witty, with a quirky humor. It shares how one couple changed their lives 180 degrees and how life does not have to be filled with things and possessions, but true beauty, relationship, and recognizing what matters in this world. You'll be rolling on the floor laughing and at the same time, taking away with you a worthwhile message.
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thankfully the negative reviews are very, very much in the minority. some are down right negative people, others overly analytical to good grammar and miss the point...sad. I loved this book, so did my wife, and all the 5 stars reviews here rolled up into one say it all for me. And we travel, live in Costa Rica, Tamarindo, so we could truly relate to much of her story. Highly Recommend...Rob
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Hi Nadine. I just wanted to take this opportunity to write to you. My wife and I Annamaria have finally decided to take the plunge and we are making a move to Costa Rica full time. Since we read your book, it has inspired us to take a chance and live life! We are starting a new real estate property management company. It took us 3 years to prepare but we always kept your guts and your adventure in mind and inspired us to JUST DO IT! Thanks again!!
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I enjoyed most of the stories in the book and the author does a great job at the buildup to the move. She makes Costa Rica sound like a wonderful place and details her transition from wigged out city dweller to laid back jungle cat with humor, both at her own expense as well as her husband's. The first half of the book is much stronger than the second half, and some of the vignettes seem like they came directly from a first draft rather than getting the polish they need.

Sadly, the usage errors in the text (prospective vs. perspective, taught vs. taut, etc) were a big distraction for this reader. It's too bad the book didn't get more editorial attention -- it really deserves a good couple of rounds with the red pen. And by deserves, I mean that in the nicest way. I have spent money on flawless books that weren't nearly as good (or funny) as this one was. A star and a half deducted for the errors.
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I Enjoyed this book. I will admit that when I finished it, I had mixed emotions. I felt a bit short-changed on facts, but I laughed and enjoyed the stories so much that I just make myself the book. Then I thought about all of other fact-heavy books I've read, and decided instead to purchase her 2nd book. Do the same. It has more "how to" than the 1 st did. But thankfully, she kept her wonderful, humorous style to keep the reader engaged.
Another impotent point - thru the series you can the author is smoothing life in Costa Rica. I love that she is honest about the negatives, but reminds you to focus on the positive experiences. I've read too many books that try to gloss over the realities and just sell beaches and monkeys. While I hope the yoga on the beaches, monkeys, sloths and birds will be worth it for me. But The more information I get about what to REALLY expect if I jump greatly improves my chance for success!
Continue the journey - get the sequel and the Escape Manual. I did and am glad.
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