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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
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 ›
The chapters in the book cover a wide range of subjects, ranging from her very first expedition when she almost died of a blood disease, her becoming a National Geographic correspondent, a chapter on being female in a mostly male-dominated occupation, her first time swimming with sharks, the chapter on her EXPEDITION: AFRICA experience to retrace the route of Henry Morton Stanley in his search for Dr. David Livingstone, but there is stuff that is glossed over that I would have liked to have seen more about. While there is information on her studies and university experience scattered throughout the book, there is no one chapter that is devoted to the subject of getting her degree(s) and the like in the book, something I would have liked to have seen.Read more ›
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 5 months 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 12 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 21 months ago by mac44
Be all that you can be - and make an adventure out of the ride!Published 23 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 on June 27, 2014 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 on June 23, 2014 by Amazon Customer