Pink Boots and a Machete: My Journey From NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explorer
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 wor...more
I'm very torn about rating and reviewing this book.
Mireya Mayor is an astonishing, inspirational woman who has done some amazing things in her adventures around the globe. She's a Fulbright scholar, she's a National Science Foundation Fellow, she has a Ph.D. from Stony Brook, she discovered a new species of mouse lemur and she even worked wit ...more
It's far from a perfect book, mostly because the editing could have been more judicious. Too many references to cheerleading and pink boots (we get it), and sometimes part of an anecdote or a simile or a joke is repeated; I got the feeling that the book was written in parts, and the parts got shuffled around several times, so that no one noticed quite how often some words/phrases got used or that she'd just said the same thing a chapter before. A few too many cliched turns ...more
woman who has been told she doesn't "look" like a doctor or a lawyer
or a physicist or a skydiver. For every person that loves action
packed, thrilling narrative nonfiction.
This book is about one woman, but it is for everyone.
Mayor's voice is instantly relatable; she has a Ph.D. but she writes
like a person, not a scientist. She speaks of her first adventures
growing up raised by her three Cuban "mothers" in Miami (hilarious),
her c ...more
The story in and of itself was what interested me most about this novel, her explorations. I think if Mireya had spent half as much time on developing her stories and making them personal to the reader, (i.e. SOME description, please!) it may have been a great book; however, instead she spends 1/2 the time sounding like a bonafide explorer lacking writing skills, details, and creativity and the other h ...more
And if you need more proof that she's more than a former cheerleader/pretty face, read this book! She travels to South America and the ...more
Mireya is the kind of role model for me and for women & girls across the world. She is not your stereotypical explorer and she's not ashamed that she loves "girlie" things. She's always loved animals and dreamed of exploring in the jungle one day. She becomes an NFL cheerleader (which will always be brought up in regards to her c ...more
I had never heard of Mireya Mayor before I entered a Goodreads giveaway for it. Apparently I don't watch enough TV. So I didn't expect very good writing.
The writing was therefore better than expected, though not great. It's conversational, but so much is left out! As other Goodreads reviewers have noted, she starts a story, gets to the climax, and then ends it. The example someone else has given of hanging off a mountainside and noticing that her rope was fraying ...more
Also, the author ...more
What made me a little sadder than that: that Jane Goodall wrote the forward. I REALLY wanted to like the book!
At first, the writing was simple and brief. I got the feeling that when the author was uninterested in a subject, she’d gloss over it quickly. Once she becomes engaged with what she’s doing, the book comes alive. Her descriptions of her adventures were fascinating and educational. The range of wri ...more
I can't bring myself to like the overconfident, fashionista writer of this memoir. Cool adventures, but it turns out I don't want to hear her tell the stories.
No use finishing it, with 800 probably-better books waiting in my queue.
The book jumps around a bit and reads a lot like a conversation. It is not full of scientific jargon, so it's an easy and quick read for anyone. I frequently referred back to the photos and w ...more
Thats how I would summarize this book. It must be one of the best books I have ever read! Mireya writes such an interesting story, that can truly only be appreciated by a woman.
I am a girl who dreams of being a doctor. Like Mireya's field, it is a truly male dominated field. This book will remind me why anything is possible. It is also nice to see how a girly-girl can do whatever she dreams of. I also am a hardcore girly girl, who sometimes get giggles at the fact I am taking 4 honors classes ...more
Mireya Mayor did not fall into either trap. She just wrote it as it is. A genuine, authentic voice describing what happened, what she did, what others did, and how it all felt.
In other words, Mireya is a Natural Born BloggerTM (and ...more
The book is basically a travelogue of sorts. There are a lot of... personal... details (not familial, but more bodily) in the book, but it works well with the narrative so I didn't mind. Those details don't clutter any of the amazing adventures that Mayor has been on (and survived).
Even t ...more
I struggled to stick with the book in the early chapters - Mayor was very repetitive with the cheerleader shtick and the editing process could have been much better. While each of these items improved as the book went on, they still ...more
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, ...more