elegant prose and an artist's eye for detail, Mayo may just have
written one of the best books ever about Baja California. Highly
if only I had been at C.M. Mayo's side in her rendezvous through
Baja California... My recourse is her joyful, intellectually
author of The Hispanic Condition
the best new book about Mexico (and indirectly
its northern neighbor) in many years.... This book has our highest
recommendation. It is a joy."
Interamerican Studies Institute
breathtaking vision of the past, present, and future of [Baja
California]... Meticulously researched... a valuable combination
of historical and social study"
"A luminous exploration
of Baja California, from its southern tip at Cabo San Lucas to
its 'lost city' of Tijuana... [Mayo] takes the fiction writer's
impulse and blends it with the instincts of a journalist to create
a work of nonfiction that elides into modern myth"
Times Book Review
is the one book that truly deserves the "highly recommended"
label for us Mexicophiles."
Air is rich with its own evocative descriptions of the peninsula's
raw beauty.. Her journey of 1,000 miles is a trip worth taking."
beguiling picture of an exasperating place 'where nothing is
as it seems,' a place both 'touched with evil' and blessed with
beauty and hope... a stunning portrait of Baja California"
Mansfield Taber, author of Dusk
on the Campo
Mayo uses a reporter's instincts, an artist's eye, and a deft
literary touch to create visions of Baja California to delight
those who know it best and offers a knowing introduction to others
who resort to the pleasures of these pages. A sensitive and knowing
over-view of a place and a people so near and yet so far from
U.S. or Mexico."
W. Crosby, author of Antigua
Air] is one of the best travel books I have ever read, a
cross between John Gravess Goodbye to a River and
Patrick Leigh Fermors two accounts of his walk across Europe
in 1934, A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and
the Water. Like Graves, she has a sensitivity to the landscape,
especially the bleak landscape of the desert; like Fermor, she
has an appreciation for quirky behavior and personal stories
that border on fantasy. As a North American with a Mexican husband,
she also has a sense of how the two cultures can clash."