One of the best parts about having the bookshop, is learning bits and pieces in the life stories of customers. You never know who will walk in the door! It’s a real treat when a person brings in a book they’ve written that shares their story with the world. Such is the case with Donna Stewart, who started stopping by the shop this past summer. “Yoga Mama’s Buddha Sandals: Mayans, Zapatistas, and Silly Little White Girls” details her inspiring story.
Determined to escape her past and on her own since the age of 16, Stewart emerged from the ashes of the school of hard knocks to reinvent herself here in the mountains of Durango. This little lady’s got spunk. She put herself through college with honors, shook off traces of the southern accent that didn’t suit her, and set off for the jungles of Mexico, on a journey fueled by her childhood devotion to Indiana Jones and all things adventure. Far from Colorado with no cash and no one who spoke her language, Stewart’s experiences alternate between conquering her worst fears and embracing the journey of a lifetime.
Half travel memoir, half history lesson, and detailing the Zapatista movement Stewart found herself in the thick of, “Yoga Mama’s Buddha Sandals” is a delightful read.
Keena KimmelOwner of White Rabbit Books and Curiosities