More About the Author
Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year, Grand Award, Society of American Travel Writers. International Book Awards 2013: Winner, Autobiography/Memoir, Best New Nonfiction, Best Travel Essay Book. Independent Publishers' Award 2013 Gold -- Best Travel Essay Book. National Geographic Traveler Book of the Month. Best Creative Nonfiction Book of the Year, Northern California Book Awards.
"Mary Jo McConahay is to travel what M.F.K. Fisher is to food -- she goes deep."- Sonoma Magazine. Visit Maya Roads at www.mayaroads.com
The rainforest of southern Mexico and northern Guatemala -- I traveled it for years as a journalist but also because I am deeply taken by all culture Maya, ancient and modern. I believe in "deep travel;" Maya Roads does not avoid the violence that has ripped that part of the world with revolution and civil war -- I describe what I have seen. But I travel too in order to find the sacred Maya sites, to meet memorable people I would meet no other way, and to wonder at the ancient cities that speak even in ruins.
"From the moment Mary Jo McConahay steps into the deep Mexican jungle, you will follow her anywhere. In this extraordinary travel memoir, McConahay journeys through beauty, history, disappearing cultures, and revolution. . . . Her courage, keen observation, and open heart make her an unparalleled guide to this gorgeous, mysterious, sacred, and sometimes terrifying corner of the planet." --Laura Fraser, author, An Italian Affair and All Over the Map
"Her own progress--from wide-eyed newcomer, wary of spiders and snakes, to world-experienced journalist familiar with the unblinking look of death--makes her the best sort of guide. She is innocence and experience; discoverer and knowing witness. The Maya believe we are nearing an end time; I cannot imagine a better chronicler of this time and place than McConahay." --Richard Rodriguez, PBS NewsHour, and author, Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez and Brown: The Last Discovery of America
"A superb book, written with a reporter's sharp eye and the heart of witness." Stephen Kinzer, author of All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror and Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq
Here is the book's own site: www.mayaroads.com
Read "On the Macal," a Solas Travel Writing Award winner (category: "Love," my story appearing in Best Women's Travel Writing 2012. "It's the Sauce," another Solas prize-winner -- Gold in "Travel and Food" -- appears in the Traveler's Tales anthology, Best Travel Writing 2011. "Sauce" is about about strange food, unconventional travel and -- you decide -- maybe a kind of love.