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About the Author

JENNY MCGILL and her husband, Howard moved to ¨Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in 1973. She was appointed consular agent by the U.S. State Department in 1982, and spent the next fourteen years in that position. Upon retirement, the McGills sought out the tranquility of the western Sierra Madres in a small village, Talpa de Allende, Jalisco. There she devotes her time to writing, promoting local artists, and gardening. She says, “My love of robin-egg blue skies, breath taking sunsets that only God could paint, and music, which falls softly on my ear, is reason enough to be in Mexico. Some natives consider Jenny to be more Mexican than a frijol.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Mcgill Books (April 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9709551302
  • ISBN-13: 978-9709551303
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,822,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Linda Ellerbee on June 15, 2008
Jenny McGill, all-American Airlines stew, landed in Puerto Vallarta "back when every day was party day" and evolved -- in an equally outlandishly evolving town -- into the American Consular Agent. Which means McGill has seen a thing or three and has the stories to prove it. The descriptions of her (surr?)realistic assignments while employed in a tropical paradise by the U.S. State Department ("Death, Detention, Destitution and Disappearance") are comical, cutting, captivating and clever. Doing that job, in that place -- and just living there during those seminal years of the '70s through the '90s -- allowed McGill to become familiar (and sometimes friends) with crooks, cops, jailers, jet-setters (famous, royal and just plain rich), tourists (oh so many tourists), local citizens and ex-pats of all persuasions, of which she is one. The book is a chronicle of a time, a town and a woman, in which three things come shining through: McGill's love of Mexico and Mexicans. Her love of life. And her love of a good story.
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I HAVE KNOWN JENNY FOR ABOUT 12 YRS. I MET HER ON MY TRIPS TO TALPA DE ALLENDE, THRU FRIENDS. KNEW WHAT SHE HAD DONE IN PUERTO VALLARTA, BUT IT WASN`T UNTIL I READ THE BOOK THAT I TRULY KNEW. I DIDN`T WANT TO PUT THE BOOK DOWN, I WANTED HER TO CONTINUE UP TO THE PRESENT. SHE IS AN EXCELLENT TELLER OF STORIES, AND TRUTHS. I WOULD HIGHLY ENCOURAGE ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE A GOOD LAUGH, CRY, AND INSIGHT INTO A WORLD YOU THINK YOU KNOW, BUT REALLY DON`T TO PICK UP THIS BOOK, READ IT, AND THEN SEND IT TO A FRIEND. WHEN I FINISH THIS I AM ORDERING IT AND SENDING IT TO A FRIEND IN FLORIDA WHO HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING JENNY MCGILL. AGAIN, A GREAT READ.
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I met Jenny when I was 'little' (17 years old in 1969). My mom Sue introduced me to her best friends/new neighbors in Puerto Vallarta: Jenny (Yinny) and Howard McGill. I've known Jenny while she lived in the experiences she shares in her fun book. This is realism of a tiny Mexican tropical, coastal hide-a-way village-town with only one traffic signal. A story of adventurous Americans living abroad, with courage, grace and a commitment to help their beloved country's citizens. Jenny is honest, hilarious, accurate and a teller of times gone by. And what amazing times they were. Thanks 'Yinny' for memorializing an important era in all our lives!
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I absolutely LOVED this book. Jenny tells it like it is, or was. Once I started the book, I couldn't put it down because I too spent lots of time in Puerto Vallarta and still visit from time to time.
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