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  • Lake Chapala Mexico Resources 

    In this section, you will find resources and books for Mexico, the Lake Chapala area and Ajijic. To read more about any of the books or resources, click on the title (that is underlined.)

  • A Travelers Treasure
    Western Mexico"Western Mexico: A Traveler's Treasury" is aptly named. You can tell award-winning travel writer Tony Burton has a love affair with Mexico as you read each word of his journey through the magic of Western Mexico. As the book description says, "Relaxed and intimate, this easy-to-read yet authoritative account features 37 original drawings by Canadian artist Mark Eager and 10 maps. Enjoy the author's unique insights into local history, ecology and traditions." The research he has done to bring each one of these cities alive for us is phenomenal.
    Baby Boomers Reinvent Your Retirement in Mexico
    Karen BlueThe author believes that the Lake Chapala area is perhaps the best place in the world for a single woman to live. After reading this book, I still think it’s best place for anyone to live. These stories prove that if you’re flexible, willing to learn and, most especially, if you get involved with the community and fall in love with the Mexican people who live here, it’s the place for you.  Moreover, if the very idea of moving to a foreign country at this stage of your life is incomprehensible, this book is definitely for you, because it’s not all about how great it is…Karen Blue writes about the good, the bad, and the ugly as she interviews the people who have moved here or have decided to move back north of the border…she’s not afraid to show our warts. She knows Lake Chapala is not for everybody.

    Lake Chapala through the Ages
    Lake Chapala Through the AgesInsightful and entertaining commentary enhances this unique collection of extracts from more than fifty original sources. Poets, friars, travellers, exiles and scientists overcome bandits and natural disasters to offer captivating tales of courage, greed, delight, unexpected triumphs and much, much more.
    Living at Lake Chapala by Judy King

    Living at Lake Chapala by Judy KingFocus on Mexico dubbed Judy King “the Ajijic Storyteller." She was part of the Focus on Mexico Learning Adventures where she would tell delightful stories about the area to people interested in moving here. We can't wait to delve into her book.  Since moving to Lake Chapala, Judy King's passion has always been about studying Mexico's people, cuisine, places and cultural events and then sharing that information, and the adventure of life in Mexico through newcomer talks and articles. While some of her articles have been published in El Ojo del Lago, the Lake Chapala Review and in the electronic magazine Mexico Connect, most of her best efforts are continued on the web site Mexico Insights and Living at Lake Chapala, the magazine. Since 2001, Mexico Insights has been a repository of the information, and the cues and clues needed to live in Mexico.

    Retire Early Lifestyle
    Akaisha and Billy Kaderli

    Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance and world travel. They currently have six books out, four of which focus on Chapala or Mexico in particular. Two of them are "How to Retire" books based on their over 2 decades of experience (Akaisha and Billy Kaderli retired at the age of 38 in 1991.) Take a look here at their Digital Book Store...    

    Review of Holding Hands with a Stranger by Margaret Van Every

    Holding Hands with a Stranger by Margaret Van EveryThe art form Tanka is lyrical, full of aha moments that savor beauty, contemplation, and exploring one’s feelings…a subtle art form where you must use imagination to join the poet on their journey, and, at the same time, “…seek out alone the meaningful information.” When I read Margaret Van Every's first book, “A Pillow Stuffed with Diamonds,” and discovered tanka, I fell in love with the art form, which is similar to the more-familiar haiku, and since the book was talking about my beloved adopted country of Mexico and the Lake Chapala area, it really resonated with me. As Jim Tipton said, it's "a remarkable collection of short poems that…celebrate life in Mexico."With Margaret's second book "Saying Her Name," (the central event being her mother's death when Margaret was 10), she captured me again with this very personal journey through her life…emotional, funny, visceral…a journey that could be almost any woman’s.  I couldn’t help but be reminded of my mother as I read Margaret’s poetry…what a wonderful relationship I had with her and how treasured the memories were of sharing them together...the book made me realize poignantly that not everyone has this opportunity. Her most recent book of tanka is “Holding hands with a stranger,’ and, as Jim Tipton said in his review, “As if from a fountain that is apparently inexhaustible, poetry continues to flow from the pen of Margaret Van Every, in these very personal tanka,” that investigates the ‘stranger with whom we hold hands…our future, our fate, whatever is unknowable that we intuitively grasp and follow.” I continue to be astounded by Margaret’s ability to cut to the chase in such a lyrical manner.

    Saying her Name by Margaret Van Every

    Saying her Name by Margaret Van EveryMargaret Van Every first made me fall in love with the poetry form Tanka in her book A Pillow Stuffed with Diamonds. And, now she’s captured me again in this very personal journey through her life…emotional, funny, visceral…a journey that could be almost any woman’s. The central event in Saying Her Name is her mother’s death when Margaret was 10. The following poem by the same name refers to when the family returned home after the funeral… We returned to the home she had made And never uttered her name again.  As Zofia Barisas says in the introduction, “The poems are saying her name over and over again in remembered times…and later in an acute awareness of her absence when her presence was so much missed.” As I read Margaret’s poetry, I am reminded time and again of my own relationship with my mother and how much some of these events meant to me…treasured memories of my mother sharing them with me. And I wept at the raw emotions that Margaret drew from me upon reading her words.

    Tales of Street Dogs and the People Who Love Them
    Who Rescued WhoI wrote a review for this book on Amazon. I entitled it: “A biased review.” I couldn’t help it. I love this book even if the McConnaughey family is part of the book, I think anyone who loves animals, dogs in particular, would enjoy buying this book and receiving this book…a great choice for a holiday gift. Here is the review I wrote: Yes, not only are my husband and I good friends with the authors Barbara Harkness and Valerie Siegel, we are in the book too, along with our dogs Maggie and Ana. And, we know many of the other dog owners in the book also. However, I don’t write reviews for books I don’t like, no matter how good the friends are. I’ll just have to leave it up to you.I love everything about this book including the cover photo by Mariana Figuerosa. It’s just the perfect photo for this book. I want to hang it on my wall! Look at it closely if you haven’t already! Hint…look at the eye!
    The Dark Side of the Dream
    The Dark Side of the DreamAs Edward said, this “little epic, written some years ago, has a timeless story about several generations of a Mexican family in America, determined to get beyond the struggles of immigration and succeed despite political and cultural challenges.” Two Mexican brothers, Jose Luis and Francisco Salazar, and their families migrate to the U.S. shortly after the U.S. entry into World War II. The story depicts their struggles as they come to grips with a new, often hostile environment. Later, the family prominently figures in two of the most tragic, yet stirring incidents in Mexican-American history.