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- Publisher: Chicago Review Press
- Format: Paperback | 260 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 20mm | 431g
- Publication date: 1 August 2011
- Publication City/Country: Chicago, IL
- ISBN 10: 1569765480
- ISBN 13: 9781569765487
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps
- Sales rank: 1,103,828
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.
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Journalist Mary Jo McConahay began covering Central America as a war correspondent in the 1980s and lived in Guatemala for eleven years. Her work has appeared in "Vogue," "Rolling Stone," the "San Francisco Chronicle," and "Time" and is included in several anthologies.
"Every once in a while I stumble upon a book that is so beautifully written and infused with so much intelligence and heart that it leaves an indelible mark on me. Mary Jo McConahay's "Maya Roads" is such a book. In its hungry passion and wide-eyed wonder, it's an extraordinary literary journey and a moving testament to a region and a life." --Don George, "National Geographic Traveler, "August 2011 Book of the Month