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77. Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea...

May 17, 2009
into the beautiful northOk, I have to start by saying this is definitely one of my favorite reads for this year! What a beautifully-written book it is...

Nineteen-year-old Nayeli has an idyllic life in her little village of Tres Camarones in Mexico - she works at a taco shop, whiles away her time with her girlfriends, and daydreams about the things 19-year-olds daydream about.

One day she realizes that there are no men left in her village, except for the old, or the really young. All the in-between-ers have left, to go up north to Los Yunaites - including her father. And when the bandidos come scoping out her little town, there are no men left to protect it.

So Nayeli does what any smart nineteen-year-old girl does. *grin* She organizes a "search party" to go up north to bring home their men. What spunk! How daring! And so starts the journey of four young people heading north, for no reason that other immigrants - legal or illegal - try to cross the border for.

Into the Beautiful North is lyrical and mesmerizing in its storytelling. From the squalid conditions in Tijuana, the criminal elements preying on the unsuspecting, the people they meet when at the bottom, the people who help them attempt the border crossing... I could not put the book down at all. One of my favorite passages has to be when Nayeli is caught by the Border Patrol, and she tells her story but they can't believe it, it's so incredible. Go read it for yourself - it's out May 19th, and you can pre-order from Amazon by clicking on the cover.

Title: Into the Beautiful North
Author: Luis Alberto Urrea
ISBN-10: 0-316-02527-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-316-02527-0
Paperback: 334 pages (ARC)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, May 2009

6 comments:

Toni said...

Awh... I have been wanting to get and read this one for a while now. Mesmerizing and Lyrical will get me every time. Great Review.

Lenore said...

I am very, very interested in this one.

Luis said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and post a review of my book. I'm so happy that you liked it and it made you happy. Come say hello if I'm reading near you!
Luis Urrea
www.luisurrea.com
Urrealism on twitter

bermudaonion said...

What an awesome comment from the author! This is my book club pick for June, so I'll be reading it soon. I'm glad to see it's so good.

drey said...

I do love it when a female character just ups & takes care of things - it's one of my quirks. I'm so not into the damsel-in-distress type...

Luis, if you're ever nearby, you can bet I'll stop in to say "hi"!! Thanks for swinging by!

lilly said...

Great review! And it seems like the book is equally great. I will have to add it to my wish list, after your review I simply have no choice.

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