GGC Publications Group offers and publishes a series of books by the Chroncles chief editor, Bob Normand. We also suggest a group of inspirational books that our readers may find interesting. In addition we have developed a few T-shirts and Coffee Mugs that carry the theme of the Golden Gringo Chronicles and Costa Rica in general.

Section I: Books from GGC Publications Group

All books offered below are on Amazon.com available
in both hard copy and Kindle Version.

Golden Gringo Chronicles - The Novel

 

Paperback - 195 Pages - $9.95
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The story of the Golden Gringo Chronicles is now available as a hard copy novel of 192 pages from Amazon and all major Online retailers ($9.95). Amazon link: GGC, the Book. Kindle Edition available.

 

Follow GG through the first six years of his odyssey from making the decision to retire in Costa Rica, then overcoming the trials and tribulations of moving and obtaining residency as an expatriate, and the fun and experience of actually living in Ticoland.

 

Ride along with the Golden Gringo as he experiences the rich, varied culture of Costa Rica, the incredible bio-diversity, the charming nature of the Costa Rican people and the ease with which a sometimes clueless expat can assimilate into a small southwestern town on the Pacific Coast.

 

Chapters Cover: Decision Time, Preparing for the Exodus; Driving to Costa Rica; Plan B; Costa Rica or Bust; Settling In; The First Weeks; Housing - Getting It Right; Pura Vida and Puros - Or So He Thought; Visa Renewal Time; Tormentas and Teremotos; Language Challenges; Beaches, Lifeguards and Backhoes; Using Buses and Taxies; Pursuing Official Residency; Food as Culture; Exploring Costa Rica and Beyond; The Chronicles Come of Age; Getting to Know Quepos/Manuel Antonio; Getting Residency; History of Costa Rica; Legends of Costa Rica; Costa Rica Wildlife; Weather and Tremors, Costa Rican Health Care System; Costa Rican Agriculture; Costa Rican Culture; Am I Tico Yet? Amazon link is: GGC, the Book.

 

Part 1-150 Part 2-150 Part 3 Light
FREE $3.99 $3.99
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

The same narrative version of the Golden Gringo Chronicles novel is now also available as a trilogy of E-books in formats compatible with virtually all electronic platforms.

 

Part 1 is FREE! Parts 2 & 3 are $3.99 each. Click on part number below, right to review or to order.

 

Whether you are already a Costa Rican resident, someone contemplating a move to Ticoland or just a traveler who enjoys different cultures, you will find the Golden Gringo Chronicles interesting, entertaining and informative about Costa Rica.

 

Mariposa - A Love Story of Costa Rica

 

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Paperback - 93 Pages - $8.95
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Five hundred years before the Spanish found the American continent, about the end of the first millennium, Native Americans lived and prospered in Central America, including the land now known as Costa Rica. Truly a natural wonderland then and now, the natives were able to employ their farming skills and prosper from the rich soils, the forests filled with game, herbs, and spices, and the lakes and two oceans rich with fish and crustaceans.

 

The Mariposa story as written incorporates the classic ending of Costa Rica's Legend of Zurqui, one that reflects the beauty, mystery and spirituality that is Costa Rica. You can PREVIEW the Book on Amazon.com at: Mariposa Preview (This is Chapter 1 in its entirety):

 

Mariposa, or butterfly, is a story about two young Native Americans, a girl and a boy, each a favored child of a chief, but of different tribes. These two tribes, historically hostile to each other, lived a few days march apart in the mountains north and east of what is now known as Costa Rica’s central valley.

 

The two natives meet by accident, fall in love and begin to plan a life together only to be frustrated by events beyond their control. The lovers are eventually drawn to a mountain volcano which is thought by many to be the home of the gods, particularly Sib'ö, the Great Spirit, who they believe had created the world. Mariposa is also available in Spanish:

 

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Bolsillo - 131 paginas - $9.95
Pulse para Ordenar

Este libro es disponible tambien en Español.

 

Quinientos años antes de que los españoles encontraran el continente Americano, cerca del final del primer milenio, nativos americanos vivieron y prosperaron en Centroamérica, incluyendo la tierra ahora conocida como Costa Rica. Al ser en verdad una maravilla natural entonces y ahora, los nativos fueron capaces de emplear sus habilidades agrícolas y prosperar gracias a su fértil suelo, al bosque lleno de presas, hierbas y especias, a los lagos y a dos océanos ricos en peces y crustáceos.

 

Mariposa es una historia sobre dos jóvenes nativos americanos, los dos hijos privilegiados de un jefe, pero de diferentes tribus. Estas dos tribus, históricamente hostiles entre ellas, vivían a unos pocos días de marcha de distancia en las montañas del norte y del este del valle central de Costa Rica.

 

Los dos nativos se conocen por accidente, se enamoran y comienzan a planear su vida juntos, que se frustra únicamente por eventos más allá de su control. Los amantes son arrastrados a un volcán el cual muchos creen que es el hogar de los dioses, particularmente de Sib’ö, el Gran Espíritu, que creen que fue quien creó el mundo.

 

Como estas historias son leyendas, involucran una buena cantidad de mito, lo que deja tanto al escritor como al lector la libertad de especular diferentes desenlaces. La historia como está escrita incorpora el final clásico de la legenda de Zurqui, que refleja la belleza, misterio y espiritualidad de Costa Rica.

 

Entreprenewal! Business Management Guide

 

Paperback - 96 Pages - $13.95
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This book was authored by someone with forty years business experience and who had a practice helping small and medium sized businesses as a management consultant for more than fifteen of those years, during which period he operated as principal consultant for some 110 businesses. These included what the government defines as “small” businesses, meaning less than 500 employees and also includes “micro” businesses, that is to say, those firms employing less than 20 persons.


One of the things the consultant noticed in his practice was that, as businesses grow, they tend to have similar problems not necessarily related to the type of product or service they offered. These fall into the areas of strategic planning, human relations, profit and expense controls and disciplined sales/marketing programs and strategies. There was enough similarity in problems from company to company and enough repetitiveness in their solution to compel the consultant the write a book outlining the problems and solutions.

 

Entreprenewal was written to provide small business owners and key managers a simple understanding of the tools widely used in larger, successful businesses in order to improve their management abilities. The suggestions and operating procedures in "The Six-Step Recovery Program for Small Business" are basic management concepts found in major business schools but have been that have been simplified to better fit smaller businesses. These operating procedures and techniques are tried and tested systems that have been installed in businesses of all sizes for management consulting fees of several hundred dollars per hour and many thousands of dollars total cost.

 

Section II: Inspirational Books From Other Authors and Publishers
Real LIfe-Changing Stories

 

S.O.B.E.R. - How the Acronyms of Alcoholics Anonymous Got One Drunk Sober - by Ian Asotte.

 

This is a tale of a life changing event and experience written by Ian M. Asotte (a pseudonym). The characters are all real but all the names have been changed to protect the innocent and the guilty.

 

Paperback - 185 Pages - $12.85

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S.O.B.E.R. is a bird’s eye view of how Alcoholics Anonymous works from the perspective of a long time, sober member. S.O.B.E.R. tells the story of William R. Schumacher - III (real character - fictitious name), a middle class professional who reluctantly enters the world of AA after falling out of his neighbor’s house one night in a drunken stupor.  In a search for ways to help him moderate and manage his drinking so he could once again enjoy a “perfect two martini lunch”, he finds instead the shocking reality that his behavior is a disease which demands total abstinence. 

Along the road to recovery our hero earns the nickname “Billybob” and encounters a number of colorful characters whose backgrounds run the gamut “from Yale to Jail.”  Initially, Billybob is put off by the persistent use of dozens of acronyms often heard in AA meeting rooms. Eventually, Billybob understands how the acronyms and sayings of Alcoholics Anonymous help the afflicted and overwrought brains of recovering alcoholics absorb the meaning of important principles that enhance recovery. 

S.O.B.E.R. takes you into the rooms and the program of Alcoholics Anonymous as if you were a member. You will observe and relate to the pain, joy, suffering, confusion, elation, anger, resentment and, above all, the spiritual mystery that is AA. To the recovering alcoholic, S.O.B.E.R. re-affirms the success of the Alcoholics Anonymous program where “rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path.” 

To the person struggling with the possibility of being alcoholic, S.O.B.E.R. may provide a non-threatening basis for self-identification and an impetus to investigate the program as a means to overcome their disease.  To the non-alcoholic, S.O.B.E.R. is an irreverently humorous yet inspirational look into a parallel dimension in modern behavior known as Alcoholics Anonymous.

 

To Eternal Happiness - by Abelardo Garcia, Jr.

 

Paperback - 187 Pages - $15.95
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This is a true and tragic but loving story of a family that found itself facing terminal cancer in their youngest child, Alan. The boy contracted a particularly aggressive form of the disease in children, neuroblastoma, at the age of five.

 

The story recounts the bravery of the boy, his strong love for each and every moment he had with his family and the profound effect he had on his parents and older brother. The story as experienced was written by the father. The older brother, Abel, who long ago had became Alan's hero and mentor also became the editor of his memoir. The whole family participated in chronicling the events of the story.

 

Along the brief journey he had in this world, little Alan became a great fan of comedian Robin Williams and his biggest wish was to meet Williams personally. During that period the family spent part of their time living in Monterrey, Mexico and the rest in California. When they learned that Williams lived in San Francisco, they went out of their way to show up one time in San Francisco to meet the famous entertainer, which they did through the efforts of the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

 

From that point forward Williams and little Alan became friends for life which, unfortuantely, was to be way too short for both of them. The book recounts a series of "coincidental" events that occurred before and after Alan's passing on August 10, 2002. The earlier coincidences involved surprise at how easy became the opportunities to make young Alan's life happy and loving despite the difficulties of treatment and constant testing. A second great coincidence occurred when Williams died exactly 12 years later on August 10, 2014. (Note: the date on Williams death certificate is August 11, 2014, but that was when he was found and pronounced dead; it's highly likely he died the previous day)

 

GG found the reading of this book compelling. Just one caution to the reader; have a big box of kleenex at your side when you read it.

 

A Woman Awakens: Life, After Life - by Jan Hart

 

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Paperback - 302 Pages - $13.45
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This book was written by a very talented and accomplished watercolor artist who lives in the southern mountainous quadrant of Costa Rica.

 

Living in northern New Mexico, Jan Hart had contracted a spinal infection after having a history of disc problems and surgeries. On recovery from the latest episode she had a vision of, and from, an entity named Rafael who gave her a message: "You are to be conscious." Not sure as to what this meant, she is moved, because of her training and education in art, as much by the colors in the vision as by the words.

 

Not long after her vision, she made a move to Costa Rica having discovered the colorful biodiveristy of Ticoland. The book recounts all of the considerations, problems, uneasiness and wonder that typically arise with the exodus from the mother country and the arrival of an expatriate in the adopted one. After assuming residency, she meets another expatriate, Frank, who had moved here earlier. They become friends, then lovers and are married soon after, becoming true soul mates in the process.

 

Tragedy ensues with Frank's untimely death from a heart attack. Broken hearted but thankful of the time she had with Frank, Jan sits down at the computer one day to write a book of her experience. Instead she receives a message from Frank asking how things are going. At first understandably apprehensive, she comes to accept Frank's continuing presence in her life which continues to this day.

 

For those that believe there is a world beyond the obvious, the visual and the tactile you will find this book touching. For those that can't bring themselves to believe there is another dimension, a parrallel or spiritual one, this book might just bring you a new idea of what consciousness can mean.

 


 

Section III: T-Shirts and Coffee Mugs

 

GGC Publications is now offering T-Shirts related to the Golden Gringo Chronicles and the adventure of being an expat in Costa Rica. These products ship from U.S. East and West coast plants for quick delivery within the U.S. and also to points in Latin America by economy shipping. Service to Europe is expected soon.

 

Here is our current product listing:

 

The Golden Gringo Chronicles
T-Shirt with Logo
Golden Gringo T-Shirt
(Monkey on a Banana Hammock)

Proclaims You to Be
an Offical Golden Gringo
"Quepo en Quepos" T-Shirt
Spanish for "I Fit in Quepos" Pananorama of Quepos Logo
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All T-Shirts are Gildan quality, 100% jersey knit with seamless, double-need 7/8" collar, taped neck and shoulders.Classic fit.

 

 

"Wanna Monkey Around?" T-Shirt
Come on Down to Costa Rica!
White-Faced Monkey Logo
"It's OK to be Slothful" T-Shirt with Three-Toed Sloth Logo GGC Publications Group
Order Here Order Here

 

Costa Rica and coffee are synonymous and many reports publshed in the Chronicles have shown that coffee at the rate of several cups per day is beneficial to health. Here are some coffee mugs to in which to put your rich Tico java:

 

Coffee Mugs for the Costa Rica Minded
Golden Gringo Coffee Mug Wanna Monkey Around? It's OK to be Slothful GGC
Publications Group
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Mugs are available in 11 oz size - about the same as a can of soda. The "Big Gulp Size" (15 oz) for those that really like coffee will be available shortly.

 


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