About the Book

Cover of The Divorce Seekers: A Photo Memoir of a Nevada Dude Wrangler by Bill and Sandra McGee

It was the heyday of Reno’s “quickie” divorce era

Divorce seekers – as the media called them – came running to Reno by the thousands… the rich, the poor, the famous, the working class. If they had the money and wanted their privacy from the prying eyes of the press, they stayed on a divorce ranch… and the Flying M.E. was the most exclusive of them all.

From 1947 to 1949, Bill McGee was the head dude wrangler on the Flying M.E. He  entertained wealthy Eastern socialites with names like Astor and du Pont, and Hollywood movie stars Ava Gardner and Clark Gable.

Bill and his co-author/wife Sandra recapture those years in a collection of Bill’s stories about the fascinating and changing cast of characters that came and went every six weeks on the Flying M.E.

The coffee table book is richly illustrated with 500 b/w images, most never before published and from the scrapbooks of former Flying M.E. guests or their offspring.

444 pp, 500 B/W photos & illustrations, notes, appendices, bibliography, index. Hardcover, 8.5″ x 11″, BMC Publications (2004). $39.95

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“The images – with their smoky, black-and-white, retro allure – are what brought the time and place alive for me so that I could bring my characters to life in my novel … This book is a treasure if only for the photos alone.”
-Deb Caletti, bestselling author of The Secrets She Keeps

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