Estranged from his father for 23 years, Joe Livernois recently joined his siblings for a reunion in the heart of Mexico to celebrate the old man's 80th birthday. The Road to Guanajuato is a personal account of the circumstances that led to the estrangement. They may not have found what they thought they needed from this incorrigible man on their trip, but the reunion was a mystical, heartening, maddening and comic experience that included inept bullfighters, an international beer-drinking contest, the Mayan Oracle, a warehouse for mummies, a Mexican soap opera star, an ubiquitous procession of pilgrims, a tamale standoff and the most sweetly sincere and happy people they had ever met. And they came to terms with Pop in ways they never expected.
Joe gives an overview of the book:
I write for a newspaper, the Monterey County Herald. I help produce the stock in trade for community journalism: community news, a voice for the afflicted, daily nonfiction, the first swipe at history -- and the gray type around the advertising. I've been with The Herald for...