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How it Goes in Mexico

Essays from an expatriate

How it goes in Mexico is an excerpt of essays from her book, This is Mexico: Tales of Culture and Other Complications.  A lawyer by training, Merchasin is curious about how everything around her in Mexico works—the health care system, religious rituals, loaning money, small change at the market, narcotrafficantes, telenovelas, and the subtleties between the verbs ser and estar. An intrepid researcher, she informally consults her neighbors, history books, and experts until she’s satisfied. In How It Goes in Mexico, her essays are by turns funny and poignant, and her portrayal of Mexico is neither romantic nor wary but respectful and compassionate. Carol Merchasin is a cheerful guide to take you behind the stone walls of San Miguel de Allende, inside not only the courtyards and gardens but the culture, history, and people.

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