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On Mexican Time: A New Life in San Miguel

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On Mexican Time: A New Life in San Miguel

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Tony Cohan
Memoir, Travel

We gave it a B+

In the winter of 1985, travel writer Cohan and his artist wife, Masako, fled stressed-out Los Angeles for a vacation in San Miguel de Allende — a longtime bohemian hot spot in the mountains of Mexico — and ended up staying for good. Cohan needs a few chapters to shed the L.A. attitude and drop hyperconscious declarations like ”I’ve become the unthinking minder of my own renewal” (i.e., he stops shaving and wears huaraches). But once he relaxes into the vivid tastes of Mexico — the food, fiestas, and idle afternoons — he depicts a seductive (but never sentimental) journey into a different way of life. Readers, pack your bags. B+