A Juicy Mango Quenches Travelers’ Thirst for the Real Yucatan
BERKELEY, Calif., March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Visitors to Cancun, the Mayan Riviera and the entire Yucatan often wish they had seen the peninsula before its dazzling beaches, ancient ruins and remote jungle became “features” for a network of mega-resorts. On March 23rd, 2012, Xicalango Press will release A Mango for the Teacher: Running the Beach and Running a School in Cancun’s Early Days. This memoir plunges readers into the clear waters of Yucatan’s times gone by. A hilarious and sometime harrowing tale of adventure, languages and romance, A Mango is the work of California writer-educator Deborah Susan Frisch. Pen-and-ink illustrations by Frisch’s son, artist Arturo Avila, add another dimension to the story.
The book debuts at a difficult moment for the Mexican tourist industry. Although parts of the country are beset with drug-related violence, “Cancun is safe to travel,” according to the U.S. Department of State. The departmental webpage dated March 2nd, 2012 states that no advisory is in effect for Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Campeche, Chiapas or Tabasco, the states of southeastern Mexico. For these reasons, the time is ripe to visit the Yucatan and to read about it, too.
In the 1970s, A Mango author Frisch earned a master’s degree in teaching English as a Second Language at NYU, but soon New York City’s budget crisis left her jobless. In the meantime she lost the three family members to whom she felt closest. So the day after her last teaching job ended, the 27-year-old drove out of Brooklyn and south to Cancun. There she founded and ran a popular language school for Mexican adults. Thirteen successful years later, Frisch returned to the states with her young son. She settled in the SF Bay Area, where she continues teaching ESL. She also produces innovative language-learning materials, writes for children and adults, and speaks at educators’ conferences.
“Deborah created the right kind of learning environment for Cancun’s working people,” says Lorraine Lara, former U.S. Consular Agent to the Mexican State of Quintana Roo. “During Escuela Xicalango’s 25-year run, thousands of people learned English there. Cancun should erect a statue of her.”
A Mango for the Teacher is available as a paperback for $13.99, or as an e-book for $3.99 on Kindle, nook, Smashwords or iBook formats. The book can be purchased through http://www.amazon.com, http://www.deborahsusanfrisch.com and http://www.xicalangopress.com.
For additional information and to RSVP for the book launch, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Ms. Frisch at (510) 524-4348.
SOURCE Xicalango Press