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Luis Alberto Urrea

Full Name: Luis Alberto Urrea
Gender: Male
Hometown: Tijuana
Number of Works: 16
Luis Alberto Urrea is the award-winning author of 13 books, including The Hummingbird's Daughter, The Devil's Highway and Into the Beautiful North (May 2009). Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, Luis has used the theme of borders, immigration and search for love and belonging throughout his work. A Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005 (nonfiction), he's won the Kiriyama Prize (2006), the Lannan Award (2002), an American Book Award (1999) and was named to the Latino Literary Hall of Fame. He is a creative writing professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago and lives with his family in the 'burbs (dreaming of returning West soon!).

ISBN: 0316154520, 9780316154529
Keywords: daughter, hummingbird
Pages: 528
Published: 2005
  • Rating: 80%

"Teresita is not an ordinary girl. Born of an illiterate, poor Indian mother, she knows little about her past or her future. She has no idea that her father is Don Tomas Urrea, the wild and rich owner of a vast ranch in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. She has no idea that Huila, the elderly healer who takes Teresita under her wing, knows secrets about her destiny. And she has no idea that soon all of Mexico will rise in revolution, crying out her name." "When Teresita is but a teenager, learning from Huila the way plants can cure the sick and prayer can move the earth, she discove
ISBN: 0316010804, 9780316010801
Keywords: story, true, highway, devil
Pages: 272
Published: 2004
  • Rating: 80%

"In May 2001, a group of men attempted to cross the border into the desert of southern Arizona, through the deadliest region of the continent, a place called the Devil's Highway. Fathers and sons, brothers and strangers, entered a desert so harsh and desolate that even the Border Patrol is afraid to travel through it. Twelve came back out." Now, Luis Alberto Urrea tells the story of this modern odyssey. He takes us back to the small towns and unpaved cities south of the border, where the poor fall prey to dreams of a better life and the sinister promises of smugglers. We meet the men
ISBN: 0316025275, 9780316025270
Keywords: north, beautiful
Pages: 343
Published: 2009
  • Rating: 80%

"Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in the remote Mexican village of Tres Camarones and dreams about her father, who left for America years ago. Recently, it has dawned on Nayeli that he isn't the only man who has abandoned Tres Camarones. In fact, there are almost no men remaining - they've all gone north. This has also been noticed by a group of particularly nasty drug dealers, who, seeing an easy opportunity, plan to take over the town." But at a showing of the movie The Magnificent Seven at the village's decrepit theater, Nayeli has a vision: she will go north and recr
ISBN: 0385425309, 9780385425308
Keywords: mexican, border, times, hard, wire, life, across
Pages: 208
Published: 1993
  • Rating: 80%

            Luis Alberto Urrea's Across the Wire offers a compelling and unprecedented look at what life is like for those refugees living on the Mexican side of the border—a world that is only some twenty miles from San Diego, but that few have seen.  Urrea gives us a compassionate and candid account of his work as a member and "official translator" of a crew of relief workers that provided aid to the many refugees hidden just behind the flashy tourist spots of Tijuana.  His account
ISBN: 0385484194, 9780385484190
Keywords: children, sleeping, lake
Pages: 208
Published: 1996
  • Rating: 80%

By the Lake of Sleeping Children explores the post-NAFTA and Proposition 187 border purgatory of garbage pickers and dump dwellers, gawking tourists,and relief workers, fearsome coyotes and their desperate clientele. In sixteen indelible portraits, Urrea illuminates the horrors and the simple joys of people trapped between the two worlds of Mexico and the United States - and ignored by both. The result is a startling and memorable work of first-person reportage.
ISBN: 0938317636, 9780938317630
Keywords: short, fiction, collection, sky, kinds, six
Pages: 148
Published: 2002
  • Rating: 80%

These stories are puro Urreaæsad, funny, tragic, Mexican, Sioux, gringo, passionate and fun.
ISBN: 1933693231, 9781933693231
Keywords: paintbrush, mendoza
Pages: 64
Published: 2009
  • Rating: 60%

Mr. Mendoza, Mexico’s self-described king of graffiti, blesses the small town of Rosario with his sardonic wit. “Deflate your pomp or float away!” he paints on the body of an unexpectedly exhumed monk. “No intelligent life for 100 kilometers,” he proclaims on the sign that announces Rosario’s boundaries. The residents of Rosario tolerate or enjoy Mr. Mendoza’s commentary as best they can. But the town goes crazy when Mendoza announces—on the side of a pig—“Mendoza goes to heaven on Tuesday.” Each new declaration from Mendoza drives s
ISBN: 0938317520, 9780938317524
Keywords: vatos
Pages: 96
Published: 2000
  • Rating: 80%

Photography. Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. [VATOS] is a tribute to Chicano men — to Latino men, to all men everywhere — created out of love by two of their kind. When you look at these pictures and read these words you are seeing us in our roles as sons, fathers, brothers, and lovers. You are seeing us at our most vulnerable and at our toughest. You are seeing us adorn our bodies, you are seeing us hang with our compas, you are seeing us suffering and learning, and you are seeing us embrace our mothers and our wives and our children and our lives. When you hold this book, you are ac