Category Archive: Books We Recommend

Feb 10 2013

Waiting to See the Doctor, by Jo Stuart

Waiting to see the doctor at Hospital Mexico by Jo Stuart “A nice gentleman gave me his seat, telling me to ‘sit down’ in English. It turned out that he had seen my Trader Joe’s bag and knew I was from the States…He was there with his father-in-law, a handsome man of 84, waiting to …

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Feb 08 2013

Book Excerpt 3 from Butterfly in the City: Waiting to See the Doctor at Hospital Mexico

One of Paul’s favorite books is Jo Stuart’s, Butterfly in the City: A Good Life in Costa Rica. It gives a great picture of daily life here in Costa Rica, especially in San Jose, the capital. So much of what she writes, we agree with, and with Jo’s permission, we will reprint excerpts in our newsletter …

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Nov 30 2012

Book Excerpt 2 from Butterfly in the City: Give Me the Simple Life

One of Paul’s favorite books is Jo Stuart’s, Butterfly in the City: A Good Life in Costa Rica. It gives a great picture of daily life here in Costa Rica, especially in San Jose, the capital. So much of what she writes, we agree with, and with Jo’s permission, we will reprint excerpts in our newsletter …

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Oct 20 2012

Book Excerpt 1 from Butterfly in the City

One of Paul’s favorite books is Jo Stuart’s, Butterfly in the City: A Good Life in Costa Rica. It gives a great picture of daily life here in Costa Rica, especially in San Jose, the capital. So much of what she writes, we agree with, and with Jo’s permission, we will reprint excerpts in our newsletter …

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Jun 18 2012

Book Review: Butterfly in the City, by Jo Stuart

Butterfly in the City by Jo Stuart is one of the best books I’ve read on Costa Rica. As the name implies, she is the “butterfly” and the city is San Jose, Costa Rica. Most other books on Costa Rica are guide books about its natural beauty – waterfalls, beaches, flora and fauna – with …

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Apr 01 2011

The Mainers Move to Costa Rica

Big News! Our friend Arden has just published her first book about moving to Costa Rica.  It’s called Unraveling the Mysteries of Moving to Costa Rica and is actually the first of a series called “Mainers in Costa Rica.” Through our friendship, Paul and I have been able to learn so much from Arden and …

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May 10 2008

Book Review: Culture Shock! A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette, by Claire Wallerstein

One of the strengths of this book is that it covers not only living in Costa Rica, but doing business there as well. Here’s the synopsis from Amazon.com: “CultureShock! Costa Rica is an indispensable companion for anyone who wishes to live and work amongst Central America’s famously friendly people. Life in Costa Rica often turns …

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May 10 2008

Book Review: The Ticos: Culture and Social Change in Costa Rica, by Mavis Hiltunen Biesanz

To learn about the people of Costa Rican, otherwise known as “Ticos,” The Ticos: Culture and Social Change in Costa Rica can’t be beat. Here is a great review from the Amazon.com Web site: “When I was researching Costa Rica as a candidate place for retirement, despite some effort, I was unable to find much …

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May 10 2008

Book Review: Insight Guides Costa Rica, by Paul Murphy

If you want to get a sense for how visually beautiful Costa Rica is, this is THE book you want. It is by far our favorite book for its photos, as well as for a good overview of the country, its people and customs, biodiversity, and more. The publisher describes it this way: “Insight Guides …

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May 10 2008

Book Review: Choose Costa Rica for Retirement

It all didn’t start with this book, but rather Choose Mexico for Retirement. I went to college in Mexico, graduating in 1977, and also spent 16 days there in December 2003/January 2004 on our honeymoon. My first inclination was to retire in Mexico. My wife, Gloria, spent a few days in Costa Rica back in …

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