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Wendy Call visited the Isthmus of Tehuantepec—the lush sliver of land connecting the Yucatan Peninsula to the rest of Mexico—for the first time in 1997. She found herself in the midst of a storied land, a place Mexicans call their country's “little waist,” a place long known for its strong women, spirited marketplaces, and deep sense of independence. She also landed in the ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by University of Nebraska Press
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Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
No Word for Welcome is anything but a disappearing act for Wendy Call whose three years in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico, are the steadfast yet sprawling roots of this energized, modest, and well fed account of the people and places surrounding the “large spider-web of industrial-development projects known collectively as the Trans-Isthmus Megaproject.”

It’s difficult to walk away from this book and not feel inspired ... Call puts forward her personal archive with both humor, humility, and
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Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
No Word for Welcome is an amazing book written by a masterful storyteller. Wendy Call has managed the nearly impossible: she's perfectly captured the beauty and complexity of Mexico in writing (no easy task and without any cardboard cut-outs or well-warn cliches) and she's made an interesting (think non-academic)and persuasive case for why we should all consider, seriously, what has happened to Mexico. ...more
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Wendy Call has served as Writer in Residence at twenty institutions, including five national parks, three universities, a historical archive and a public hospital. She has worked as a freelance writer & editor since 2000. Before that, she devoted a decade to full-time work for social change organizations. She teaches in Goddard College's BFA in Writing program, where she founded the literary journ ...more

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