Thursday, April 28, 2011

Book Review

Title: Pink Boots and a Machete: My Journey From NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explore
Author: Mireya Mayor
Pages: 304

A quick examination of her roots, and one may never have guessed that Mireya Mayor would become the woman she is today. Yet, against all odds, this self-professed former "girly girl" daughter of overprotective Cuban immigrants blossomed from NFL cheerleader to Fulbright Scholar to field scientist and ultimately, quintessential adventurer. Now, with more than a decade's worth of thrilling exploits under her belt, Mayor recounts her life in a riveting, awe-inspiring new book.

In a series of short chapters, she relives each exhilarating event with uncanny charm and self-deprecating humor. Readers have the rare opportunity to follow the renowned primatologist around the globe as she unlocks the mysteries of the natural world and endeavors to save some of the planet's rarest creatures. Says Mayor: "I love the adventure, the exploration, the scientific discovery and the documentation. But really what drives me is the thought that future generations—my own children and their children—can one day learn to appreciate them like I do."

Throughout this unforgettable volume, she describes in stunning detail how she survived a plane crash...slept in jungles teeming with poisonous snakes...dove with hungry great white sharks...rappelled down a 14,000-foot sinkhole in search of frogs...draws blood from critically endangered lemurs...was charged by an angry silver-backed gorilla...was chased by elephants...and the list goes. Suffice it to say, Mireya Mayor has seen more in her 30-odd years than most of us will see in a lifetime. Her plucky spirit, brilliance in the face of calamity, and sheer will to succeed make this a classic mission book, and a thoroughly breathtaking read.

My Thoughts:
I should have stopped reading this when the first thought crossed my mind, but for some reason I stuck it out. Bad decision. It wasn't the worst book I read, but I would not recommend it. Mireya Mayor has gone on some awesome expeditions and had very unique experiences... but her story telling, blah. Boring. This book was not as exciting, engaging and inspirational as it could have been. Not to mention she constantly had to remind us she was a formal NFL cheerleader and she always packs her little black dress. I get it. You're a girlie girl - shut up and tell the story.

The writing was definitely lacking in this book. If you looking for something to put you to sleep before bed, this might be a good choice. If you want to read anything remotely exciting - this is not the book for you.

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