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From Pink Boots and a Machete
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|"My big, small discovery in 2001. The mouse lemur of northeastern Madagascar is the world's smallest primate. If he looks a little spacey, it's due to the tranquilizer, not my squeezing."||"My little newborn monkey, Emma. It was love at first sight."||"My grin atop Mount Roraima comes from having survived the climb and near starvation. We found a spectacular landscape up there--black, forbidding, primeval."||"A seemingly magical force drew me to the edge of Guyana's spectacular Kaieteur waterfall and made me want to spread my wings and fly."|
|"Game day was the pay-off for hours of grueling cheerleading practice. Nothing beat standing on the field listening to thousands of screaming fans--or hearing the National Anthem performed."||"Leopards can be killing machines, but this one is a like a large house cat."||"Coming full circle: 1978 ...||and 2010"|
"Mireya is a charming, hilarious, and wonderful storyteller, and though she's been charged and chased by wild animals in exotic locales and survived illnesses that would've killed a lesser person, she is also one of us—keenly and savagely aware of the importance of good hair and lip gloss."—Julie Klam, best-selling author of You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness
"We don't often hear stories of NFL cheerleaders who go on to become a Fulbright Scholar and a Ph.D., but Mireya's story is exactly that and more. Pink Boots is the spirited and colorful story of a little Cuban-American girl who refused to let culture and others' expectations of her hold her back. Her passion for the sciences and her adventurous spirit are deeply inspiring and incredibly invigorating. Mireya is beauty and brains personified--and a badass at that. It is a memoir of survival."—Lisa Ling, journalist and best-selling author of Somewhere Inside
Mayor never gave up her trademark stylishness, even when the going got tough. [Her] gutsy grittiness and wicked sense of humor allowed her to survive danger, disease and sexism. Entertaining reading for the intrepid at heart."—KIRKUS REVIEWS
"Written in a breezy style that will be welcome to reality television aficionados, this National Geographic Wild co-host knows her audience and has crafted an appealing memoir that will be particularly welcome to outdoor wannabes."—BOOKLIST
"[Pink Boots] fills an important gap; it ought to inspire young people, especially young women, to follow in Mayor’s footsteps. Armchair adventurers and readers interested in nature will enjoy the journey."—LIBRARY JOURNAL
"Pink Boots and a Machete is an empowering autobiography detailing how one humble, tree-climbing, bug-collecting tomboy evolved into one of the most recognizable primatologists and television adventurers on the planet. Mireya Mayor holds nothing back—from growing up in a family displaced by political oppression, to finding fame on the sidelines of professional football fields, to her triumphs and challenges in some of the most remote places on earth. You'll be amazed at Mayor's fertile sense of humor, her brutal honesty, and and her empowering message that anyone can achieve. Can we have it all? Apparently yes, with some perseverance, determination, and attitude, it seems that we really can. If you're female, you'll want to be just like her. If you're a guy ... you'll just want her. Regardless, this is the rare autobiography that carries the true voice of its author, and should not be missed."—HERALD de PARIS
“Engrossing.” –The Midwest Book Review
I enjoyed it very much. The author was supposed to present at a conference I attended but was unable to make it due to weather. Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. A. Livingston
Lots of good stories with each expedition. Could have done with a little less self description on her part. She's a pretty good writer!Published 11 months ago by mac44
Be all that you can be - and make an adventure out of the ride!Published 13 months ago by D. Sherman
It's a great read. It's really quick read if you are looking for a book to read in between book series.Published 15 months ago by Rachel M.
This true story is a great story. It is very adventurous. Its a great story for teenage girls. You need to write more books like this!!!Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love the story! Great read and a great adventure! So fun to go along on the expeditions with the writer! A fun read and I found myself not wanting it to end.Published 16 months ago by Marina E. Cole