The Divorce Seekers: A Photo Memoir of a Nevada Dude Wrangler

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"The story I'm going to tell you is about three of the best years of my life, 1947-1950 ... I was the head dude wrangler on the Flying M.E., the exclusive Nevada dude and divorce ranch outside of Reno that catered to wealthy Easterners and the occasional Hollywood celebrity, most seeking a six-week divorce. At age twenty-one, surrounded by all those women, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven." -Bill McGee

In the 1930s to 1960s, if you wanted a quick, simple exit from marriage, Reno was the place to go. Divorce seekers by the thousands -- Eastern socialites, movie stars and housewives -- came running to Reno to seek "The Cure". Reno was then known worldwide as the "Divorce Capital of the World" and "I'm going to Reno!" became synonymous with getting a "quickie divorce".

Former Nevada dude wrangler Bill McGee takes us back to the heydays of the six-week Reno divorce when Eastern ladies mixed it up out West with cowboys. The wealthy and the famous who wanted privacy from the press while they resided in Nevada for six weeks to get their "quickie divorce" often preferred to stay on a dude ranch outside of Reno -- and the Flying M.E. was the most exclusive of them all.

McGee provides an up-close glimpse into daily life on the divorce ranch and how the guests passed their time. He writes about his day job -- taking guests for trail rides in the Sierras -- and his night job -- escorting guests to their favorite watering holes in Carson City and the saloons in Virginia City. The author presents a collection of stories that illustrate the different types of guests who stayed on the Flying M.E., plus the occasional Hollywood celebrity like Clark Gable and Ava Gardner.

"The images -- with their smoky, black-and-white, retro allure -- are what brought the time and place alive for me so that I could bring my characters to life in my novel ... This book is a treasure if only for the photos alone."
-Deb Caletti, bestselling author "The Secrets She Keeps"

Part I, Cowboyin' Memoirs - the author's years in the 1930s and '40s cowboying in the West.

Part II, The Famous Flying M.E. Ranch and the Changing Cast of Characters.

Part III, Gettin' Untied - the Nevada divorce business.

Part IV, Other Leading Nevada Dude-Divorce Ranches, Circa 1930-1960. 

 502 b&w photos, plus maps, appendices, notes, bibliography, index.

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From the Author:

"I may be the only former Nevada dude ranch wrangler -- 'still above ground' -- who lived through this era." -William L. McGee

"For me, the best moments of research were the interviews with an amazing 'cast of characters' -- a remarkable breed of women and men who lived through the Great Depression and World War Two, and managed along the way to fall in and out of love with a degree of style. And, of course, there were those cowboys!" -Sandra V. McGee

About the Author:

William L. McGee's writing career has spanned six decades. He has written 22 books, including five World War II military histories and five memoirs. Bill and his co-author/wife, Sandra V. McGee, have garnered critical praise for Bill's contemporary Western memoir, THE DIVORCE SEEKERS: A PHOTO MEMOIR OF A NEVADA DUDE WRANGLER, cited as the "best book yet about Nevada's dude-divorce ranch business" by Eric Moody, former Curator of Manuscripts, Nevada Historical Society, Reno. Bill and Sandra are members of Western Writers of America.

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