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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: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (653 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nadine was born in Elizabeth New Jersey and attended Rutgers University. She lives in Costa Rica with her husband and dog, Clementine. When not writing, you can find her at the beach, on the back of a scooter, or frantically tossing scorpions out of her bed. She shares her weekly adventures on her blog: www.happierthanabillionaire.com

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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Tom D. on July 22, 2011
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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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97 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 17, 2011
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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robert Provencher on June 9, 2012
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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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Donna Emke on November 25, 2012
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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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tax Accountant on September 8, 2012
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kalankit Haseena on March 20, 2015
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The author has humorous anecdotes of a Gringa in Tico-land. However, it is also sad. You must recognize that these folks were so loaded that they considered putting their money in a Swiss Bank. There is no sense of Costa Rica as a civilization that one can be nourished by, or can contribute to. The author sees the country as property, as a subdivision waiting to be exploited. The first thing the author and her husband do is to buy a mountain, on which they dream of building an "infinity pool." So much for simplifying your life. They are so loaded that they then rent a house in a gated community (whose gate, as if to serve them right, doesn't work). The inhabitants and fauna of Costa Rica appear in the book as nuisances to the transplanted McMansion lifestyle, or as quaint tropical entertainment to be seen from the front porch. It is so sad to see these 2 people, their brains and senses clogged with dollars, who can't really see, much less appreciate all that is around them, busy as they are transplanting US suburbia (guns and SUVs, apparently, are indispensable) into the third world. No, I won't read the sequel. The lives of wealthy, blasé, perpetual tourists can entertain only to a certain extent.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Helen Scott on July 8, 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 5, 2014
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I picked this up while considering a move to Costa Rica to teach English - very much in the same position Nadine was in before she made her leap of faith. If I had any doubts, they have been allayed! Tons of good information for anyone seriously considering relocating, but entertaining enough for all my friends who just want a great summer read. I can't wait to read the sequel (downloading it now) and will be following the blog and other adventures. I truly hope I run into this adorable couple when I get to Costa Rica and thank them in person for so candidly sharing their experiences and relaying the warmth and charm of this fascinating country!
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