Last updateFri, 17 Jun 2016 12pm

Author Karen Blue brings fresh insights on lakeside living

In 2000 Karen Blue published her first book, “Midlife Mavericks: Women Reinventing Their Lives in Mexico.”

A couple of weeks ago she reached another milestone after retooling the original concept for a broader audience and spending two years on research and writing to produce “Baby Boomers: Reinvent Your Retirement in Mexico.”

Unlike many other guides formulated around the same subject matter, this isn’t a gospel aimed at selling a south-of-the-border paradise to the coming wave of middle-aged folks on the verge of making critical decisions on how and where to spend their golden years. Instead, this book offers a realistic appraisal of the hurdles involved in adapting to life in a foreign land and the magic and delights that await open-minded boomers capable of making the leap, as voiced by those who have lived the experience.

An opening chapter defining the baby boomer generation and the closing pages summarizing the pros and cons of settling in the lakeside area serve as the bookends for the 20 true life stories that make up the heart of the 200-page tome.

Page by page, Blue builds a well-rounded portrait of the expat community by sharing a series of interviews she conducted to explore common issues faced in day-to-day life, such as cost of living, health care, crime and security, fitting in on unfamiliar turf and homesickness. Her sources represent the full scope of social makeup the area’s foreign populace.

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