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    Default DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - the essential guide to customs & culture

    Hola Todos,
    I was lucky enough to order in advance, and to secure a copy of, the book by Ginnie Bedggood (Lambada) and Ilana Benady entitled "The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture - Dominican Republic" as soon as Amazon.co.uk advertised it.
    After having just finished it may I offer the following..
    As with most of Lambada's advice the book is succint, relevant and (above all) a bl**dy good read.
    If you get the chance to get hold of a copy, jump at the chance as you will not be disappointed. The book is full of tips and advice but is written in a different style to the "Mad Dogs" novel.

    "Bushbaby" must be very proud!
    Tropical Regards
    Ian & Ellie

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    I've placed my pre-order and it will be available Sept 21 which is this coming Tuesday. www.Amazon.ca

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnnaC View Post
    I've placed my pre-order and it will be available Sept 21 which is this coming Tuesday. www.Amazon.ca
    Nice 1 Anna, I hope you get as much enjoyment from it as Ellie & I did.

    Warmest regards
    Ian & Ellie

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    My copy is ordered. I am really looking forward to it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reidy620 View Post
    Hola Todos,
    I was lucky enough to order in advance, and to secure a copy of, the book by Ginnie Bedggood (Lambada) and Ilana Benady entitled "The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture - Dominican Republic" as soon as Amazon.co.uk advertised it.
    After having just finished it may I offer the following..
    As with most of Lambada's advice the book is succint, relevant and (above all) a bl**dy good read.
    If you get the chance to get hold of a copy, jump at the chance as you will not be disappointed. The book is full of tips and advice but is written in a different style to the "Mad Dogs" novel.

    "Bushbaby" must be very proud!
    Tropical Regards
    Ian & Ellie
    To Ian and others who may not realize...Lambada's co-author, Ilana Benady, is DR1's own Chirimoya, who also co-authored Aunt Clara's Dominican Cookbook with Clara Gonzalez. [Another treasure!]

    Congrats to you Chiri, I'm looking forward to reading it too!

    AE

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlterEgo View Post
    To Ian and others who may not realize...Lambada's co-author, Ilana Benady, is DR1's own Chirimoya, who also co-authored Aunt Clara's Dominican Cookbook with Clara Gonzalez. [Another treasure!]

    Congrats to you Chiri, I'm looking forward to reading it too!

    AE

    You you've done it! You've given her secret identity away

    Can't wait to read this book

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    Thanks so much for the review, Reidy and thanks for all the other kind comments from future readers. It's great to hear what people think and if there are any aspects you think we got wrong or missed out, please send me a PM.

    Here is the DR1 approved link to the book
    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1857335279?ie=UTF8&tag=dr1-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1857335279">Dominican Republic - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=dr1-20&l=as2&o=1&a=1857335279" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />

    For information, neither Ginnie (or Grahame, as her next of kin) or I will get any proceeds from the sales of this book as we were paid a joint author's fee. All we get is a sense of pride and achievement - and a warm fuzzy feeling, tinged of course with the great sorrow that Ginnie did not see this result of her hard work.

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    I was fortunate to get the 2 copies I pre-ordered early in September from Waterstones. Due to other factors, I have only read a small amount so far but know I am going to enjoy it already. Congrats to Llana and so sad for Ginnie but perhaps she and Charlie can secretly get a copy shipped in to their new zone....

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    Congratulations! This looks like a very interesting and useful book for all of us. Were any discussions we had here, on DR1, used for it? I think we talk about differences in cultures, customs and habits here all the time.

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    I confess, we had to resort to DR1 for the Sankie chapter as none of us had - ahem - direct experience

    Seriously, if you consider the sheer amount of knowledge about the DR that is shared on these boards and the amount of time that Ginnie used to spend and I still spend here, it would be difficult to deny that some of the information absorbed ended up in our book. Naturally, DR1 is mentioned in the book as an invaluable resource.

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