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Roundup Magazine cover, October 2018

Proud to be among these amazing contributors to Roundup Magazine, October 2018 issue 

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“A Place to Split: Nevada as divorce capital is a legend of our time” by Sandra McGee

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Roundup Magazine contributors to the October 2018 issue


The glamorous divorce ranches of the Mad Men era

When the curtain fell on the third season of Mad Men, Betty Draper, our favorite housewife in crisis, was on her way to Reno to get a divorce.

This created some buzz about Reno’s divorce era and what was it, and inspired Priya Jain’s story for

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Betty Goes Reno: A visit to the glamorous divorce ranches of the Mad Men era,
July 21, 2010, by Priya Jain

After all, how many of the today’s younger generation know about the famed Reno six-week divorce era and how it eventually empowered women to get out of a bad marriage?

In 2014, Christopher Spata wrote a great piece in the Tampa Tribune about the screenwriting and attention to historical accuracy in AMC’s highly-successful television series (“Mad Men respectful with details from the past”, Tampa Tribune, April 13, 2014). Unfortunately, this piece is no longer available to read on the Tampa Tribune’s site, but as an example of historical accuracy, Mr. Spata addresses Betty’s going to Reno and why it fit historically with the script. As part of his fact-checking, Mr. Spata contacted Bill McGee for a comment or two and included a nice plug for The Divorce Seekers in his story.

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Priya Jain and the Reno divorce era for BUST Magazine

Novelist Lily Tuck stayed on the Donner Trail Guest Ranch in Verdi in 1970 to get a six-week Nevada divorce

The heydays of the Reno divorce ranch era had already faded out, and the Donner Trail was the last of the legendary half-dozen divorce ranches that had been scattered outside of Reno from the 1930s to the 1960s.

However, as Ms. Tuck writes, she never expected to have such a wonderful time.

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“On Her Own” by Lily Tuck, Vogue Magazine, June 2012 issue



Opening page of Priya Jain's Reno divorce story for Bust magazineBrava to Priya Jain on her compelling, six-page feature story in BUST MAGAZINE, December/January 2010 issue

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“The Six-Week Cure: Remembering the era when Reno ‘divorce ranches’ helped unhappily married women start new lives” by Priya Jain

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TRUE WEST Magazine, opening page of Sandra McGee's Reno divorce story, June 2010


Thank you to editor Meghan Saar for including my story in True West Magazine, June 2010 issue

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“The Divorce Seekers – An old-time wrangler recalls Reno, the ‘city of broken vows’, through his days at the Flying M.E. ranch” by Sandra McGee

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