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Pink Boots and a Machete: My Journey From NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explorer Hardcover – March 1, 2011
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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"|
"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
More About the Author
Not many former NFL cheerleaders have survived a plane crash, slept in jungles teeming with poisonous snakes, swam with hungry great white sharks, rappelled down a 14,000-foot sinkhole in search of frogs, and been charged by an angry silver-backed gorilla. But then, Mireya Mayor is not your typical ex-NFL cheerleader.
A scientist, explorer, wildlife correspondent, anthropologist and inspirational speaker, Dr. Mireya Mayor, a Ph.D. in anthropology, has reported on wildlife and habitat issues to worldwide audiences for more than a decade.
In 2005, Mireya received two Emmy Award nominations for her work on the television series "Ultimate Explorer". Mireya was later named an "Emerging Explorer" in 2007 by the National Geographic Society which selects rising talents, "the next generation of visionaries" who push the boundaries of adventure and global problem solving, inspiring people to care about the planet. Mireya then went on to star in Mark Burnett's eagerly anticipated 8-part series Expedition Africa: Stanley & Livingstone (History Channel) in 2009 as one of four explorers to retrace the nearly 1,000-mile trip of Henry Stanley & David Livingstone. Armed with only a compass and old maps, the explorers face challenging terrain, conflicting team dynamics, and diverse wildlife.
Mireya is now one of the hosts on National Geographic's new channel Wild! You can currently catch her series "Wild Nights with Mireya Mayor" and her documentary special "Mystery Gorillas".
Mireya is a Fulbright scholar, National Science Foundation Fellow and published author with a Ph.D. in anthropology from Stony Brook University. She wrote the foreword and was a major contributor for National Geographic's Complete Survival Manual, has written articles for National Geographic's kids magazines "Explorer' and 'Extreme Explorer', and is working closely with National Geographic's School Publishing on videos and textbooks for classrooms nationwide.
Mireya has made numerous appearances on the "Today" show, MSNBC, CNN, and Despierta America and has been profiled in People, Marie Claire, Latina, National Geographic Adventure, Vanidades and Elle magazines. Mireya divides her time between research in the rainforests of Madagascar, lecturing at schools and universities and traveling the world as a wildlife correspondent. Mireya's talks are inspiring for all ages but, is an especially powerful presenter for student audiences. Visit her website www.mireyamayor.com
Top Customer Reviews
Mireya Mayor grabs your attention in the opening chapter of the book when she recounts, in vivid detail, the sudden descent of her airplane in the Congo. As the aircraft drops she realizes that she may die in the crash. From that moment the reader is taken on a journey of her amazing life, recounting how she came to arrive at that moment.
You will enjoy reading about her life as a little girl growing up in Miami. You will actually find yourself laughing out loud when she recounts the menagerie she collected as a child. You will also marvel at the fact this little girl, who was not allowed to join the Girl Scouts because it was "too dangerous", would later in life come face to face with a charging Silver Back gorilla.
She is first and foremost a scientist---but unlike some journals written by or about scientist I have read in the past she does not talk "at" or "down", but rather "to" you the reader. Throughout the book Dr. Mayor shares her travels and discoveries with the reader. Her passion for discovery jumps off the pages, and as a reader you can't help but share her joy and wonder as she explores new lands and encounters new cultures.
You will also share in her frustration when she recounts being judged for her looks and her time as a cheerleader. You will applaud when she does not let comments from not only her colleagues, but also the media, affect her drive or determination.Read more ›
Lest I sound like the president of her fan club, because the book is such a brisk read, certain elements of her life get a gloss over treatment. In many cases, this might not be a problem for the reader, but her cheerleading career gets relegated to just a few pages, which is probably not a good thing when the book is billed as a journey from NFL cheerleader to National Geographic explorer. What I was expecting was an equal treatment of the two aspects of her life. I mean it's great in all that she's an explorer and sounds like a really interesting person, but we move very rapidly in the space of no more than 10 pages from Dolphins cheerleader to petitioning African governments to study their monkeys. I thought the bridges between the two could've been a lot stronger.
Overall a fun, occasionally humorous read with a good message particularly for young girls that has questionable execution.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent, thrilling, and fun read! She is one of my idols! I loved learning about how she grew up and how she went from cheerleading to holding a machete in the jungle.Published 7 days ago by E. K. H.
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 7 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 15 months ago by mac44
Be all that you can be - and make an adventure out of the ride!Published 18 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 19 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 19 months ago by Amazon Customer