Book News Armchair travelers as well as those who have been in Mexico will take pleasure in reading this fine collection of essays by Mayo (formerly economics, ITAM, Mexico City, she's the founding editor of (/Tameme ). Moving through the different regions of Baja, Mayo describes its people, food, tourists, festivals, and problems in a travelogue-style narrative that alternates between description and her frequent conversations with the local people. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Blackwell North Amer Desire took C. M. Mayo to Baja California again and again. But it was longing for understanding and for a sense of real connection that produced this exquisite book, a rare jewel in the literature of Mexico and of its little-known peninsula. Impassioned as a memoir, immediate as today's headlines, sweeping as the three centuries of history it traces, Miraculous Air unfolds before us, a deep map of place - rich, detailed, and nuanced. Cleaved from the Mexican mainland by the Sea of Cortes, separated from North America by a sea of cultural, economic, political, and historical difference, Baja California is, in the words of Fernando Jordan, "the other Mexico" - apart and strange. Nearly one thousand miles long, most of the peninsula is sand and rock; a labyrinth of sierra forms its spine, rising massive against the sky and the light-dazzled sea.