Pink Boots and a Machete: My Journey from NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explorer

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 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.

Title:Pink Boots and a Machete: My Journey from NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explorer
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781426207211
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    Pink Boots and a Machete: My Journey from NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explorer Reviews

  • Mireya Mayor

    Hope you love reading it as much as I loved pouring through my expedition journals to write it....

  • Janine

    First off, many, many thanks to National Geographic for sending me a complimentary copy of this book as part of the First Reads/Goodreads Giveaway program.I'm very torn about rating and reviewing this...

  • Wendy

    Oh, god, I loved this.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 ...

  • K.

    Rounded up 3.75 stars, because she's Worth It."One of the guides brought up a big worm. It weighed a third of a pound and looked like a weird tube. I could only begin to imagine the size of the fish y...

  • Carly Knowles

    Let me start by saying that the last 10% of this book was what gave it 2 of the 4 stars given. The story in and of itself was what interested me most about this novel, her explorations. I think if Mir...

  • Michelle

    This book is for every girl who loves lipstick and lizards. For everywoman who has been told she doesn't "look" like a doctor or a lawyeror a physicist or a skydiver. For every person that loves actio...

  • Jes Alexander

    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 adventure...

  • Tara Chevrestt

    Mireya takes us on a journey from her Cuban roots in Miami to her brief stint as a Miami Dolphins cheerleader to the jungle of a Madagascar and so on. She also touches briefly on how having a "pretty ...

  • Becky

    I do not think I would have made it past the first 20 pages if this book wasn't for the zoo book club. It was beyond annoying hearing the constant references as another review stated to being a NFL ch...

  • S

    I could not put this book down. I read it in an entire day. This is because a) it is a thrilling and fascinating series of stories & b) it is a very smooth read.Mireya is the kind of role model for me...