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WILLIAM L. MCGEE and SANDRA V. MCGEE. The Divorce Seekers: A Photo Memoir of a Nevada Dude Wrangler

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WILLIAM L. MCGEE and SANDRA V. MCGEE. The Divorce Seekers: A Photo Memoir of a Nevada Dude Wrangler, 1947–1949. BMC Publications (2004).  444 pp, 502 b/w photographs, hardcover, $49.95, www.williammcgeebooks.com.

From 1947 to 1949, Bill McGee was the head dude wrangler on the famous Flying M.E., twenty miles south of Reno, Nevada. The luxury dude ranch catered to wealthy Easterners and socialites seeking a six-week divorce. Bill went on trail rides with a du Pont and an Astor. He went hunting and drinking with Hollywood stars Clark Gable and Ava Gardner. Bill said those years were some of the best of his life. In this memoir set in the contemporary West, Bill and his co-author/wife, Sandra, recapture these years in a collection of stories about the changing cast of characters who stayed on the Flying M.E., how they passed their time for six weeks, and what were their favorite watering holes and places to sightsee. Illustrated with 502 photos, many from private collections.