What We Are Reading This Month

Walking from Mexico to Colombia, Levison Wood explores at a pace and level of immersion that enables him to gain and share meaningful insight into the nature and culture of the region. His exploits are fairly audacious and yet carefully planned. He seems open to trying almost anything, and talking to anyone, which results in a heartbreaking visit to a migrant camp, some raucous bar visits, a harrowing encounter with the requisite Central American drug dealers, hiking up mountains, swimming through caves, hacking through jungles, and lots of fascinating local guides. It’s perhaps Wood’s openness that makes him so compelling. His is a brand of exploration that provides armchair thrills, but would also make the world a better place if we all tried it at some level. Until then, I highly recommend reading along with him! –Sara, Atlanta