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Puerto Vallarta on 49 Brain Cells a Day (Volume 1)

Gevins, Gil

ISBN 10: 9709304909 / ISBN 13: 9789709304909
Published by Coatimundi Press, 2013
Used Condition: Collectible: Very Good Soft cover
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234 pgs., signed by author on front end pg., pictorial paperback, light shelf wear on cover edges, Brick and mortar bookshop since 1975!. Bookseller Inventory # 130822014

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Title: Puerto Vallarta on 49 Brain Cells a Day (...

Publisher: Coatimundi Press

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Collectible: Very Good

Signed: signed by author

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Puerto Vallarta On 49 Brain Cells A Day is a hilarious collection of true stories detailing an American expat’s confusing first years living in Mexico. We follow him and his saintly wife as they stumble through a series of surreal misadventures. Whether the author is unknowingly telling a waiter in his beginner’s mangled Spanish that he wants to, “...urinate right here, at this table!” or asking a twelve year-old girl at her birthday party, “ tell me, señorita, how many anuses do you have...” readers will find themselves literally choking with laughter from the very first page. The author, who upon his arrival in Vallarta, quickly developed a fondness for “Raicilla” (the local moonshine), is continually getting himself into one bizarre predicament after another: buying a five foot-long iguana at the beach and then attempting to drive it home in his Volkswagen Bug; almost setting his boss on fire trying to light a barbecue with the afore-mentioned moonshine; and falling into a pig sty at a rural wedding. The list of mishaps goes on and on, as does the laughter. Oddly enough, this entertaining well-written book of stories in also highly instructive, in its own way, giving the reader a comprehensive view (albeit through a slightly cracked lens) of what life is actually like for an American living in Mexico.

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I was born and raised in and around New York City. I began my writing career at the age of sixteen when I founded, wrote and edited our school's first Junior Class newspaper. The paper was banned by school authorities after issue number one. Before taking the next step in my literary endeavors, I worked at the legendary Fillmore East, where I was fired twice by legendary rock impresario Bill Graham. During this time I had the privilege of meeting a number of rock stars, such as Rod Stewart and Janis Joplin, none of whom had the slightest influence on my life up until the present day. In 1973 I began writing for the Berkeley Barb, one of America's foremost underground papers. I was their featured writer for almost three years, before finally landing a "real job" working in various fire towers in Northern California. This five-season stint as a fire lookout gave me both the time and the solitude to begin, but never finish, several novels. In 1983 I moved to Mexico where I began at once to write for local English language newspapers. In 2001 I published my first book, Puerto Vallarta On 49 Brain Cells A Day, a collection of satirical stories about my life as an expat struggling with the language and culture of my adopted home. This was followed by Refried Brains and Puerto Vallarta On A Donkey A Day, two more collections of mostly true short stories. Finally, I published my first novel, Slime and Punishment, this year. The response to all my books, but especially, Slime and Punishment, has been truly gratifying. Many readers have called them among the funniest, if not the funniest, books they've ever read. I continue to live and write in Mexico.

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