One Woman’s Journey
Among the People of the Rainforest
Mary Jo McCONAHAY
Published by Chicago Review Press in 2011
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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK
The 52 countries reading challenge is certainly the best thing that has been happening to my reading life in 2012: so many books or countries I would not have read about. With Maya Roads, I went to Guatemala, or I accompanied the author as she visited and revisited the country in the span of a few decades.
Maya Roads is a very enriching book, full of the passion of the author for the beauty of the landscape and the people, different and hospitable; and for its rich history and archeology. But it is also a very realistic book about what has happened to Guatemala in more recent years through unfortunate and devastating American influence at all kinds of military, political, and economic levels, all basically ending up in ruining a country, destroying its patrimony and the richness of its local cultures.
There were also interesting details about the famous Mayan calendar, so popular these days, as we reach the end of one of its cycle on Dec 21, 2012.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT
In Maya Roads, McConahay draws upon her three decades of traveling and living in Central America’s remote landscapes to create a fascinating chronicle of the people, politics, archaeology, and species of the Central American rainforest, the cradle of Maya civilization. Captivated by the magnificence and mystery of the jungle, the author brings to life the intense beauty, the fantastic locales, the ancient ruins, and the horrific violence. She witnesses archaeological discoveries, the transformation of the Lacandon people, the Zapatista indigenous uprising in Mexico, increased drug trafficking, and assists in the uncovering of a war crime. Over the decades, McConahay has witnessed great changes in the region, and this is a unique tale of a woman’s adventure and the adaptation and resolve of a people. [Chicago Review Press ]
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Writer and journalist Mary Jo McConahay watches the globe, near and far. She co-produced and co-directed the documentary, Crimebuster, A Son’s Search for His Father, and co-produced the award-winning PBS documentary, Discovering Dominga, writing its original story. Her reporting has appeared in Time, Newsweek, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Ms., Salon, Sierra, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Parenting, The Progressive, National Catholic Reporter, and more than two dozen other magazines and periodicals. GlobeWatch continues McConahay’s column by the same name, formerly published by Pacific News Service and New America Media. Follow me on FaceBook [from her website]
REVIEWS BY OTHERS
“A layered examination of a place and a people whose ancient culture is rapidly disappearing.” —Kirkus
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