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Into the Beautiful North

Into the Beautiful North

by Luis Alberto Urrea

…I always hopelessly, passionately, root for the underdog.

Books Similar to Into the Beautiful North

  • Malin Alegria's Sofi Mendoza's Guide to Getting Lost in Mexico, 2008
  • Sandra Cisneros's Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories, 1991
  • Reyna Grande's Across a Hundred Mountains, 2006
  • Helen Thorpe's Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America, 2009

Authors Who Influenced Luis Alberto Urrea

  • Mark Twain, American author and humorist (1835-1910)
  • Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet (1904-1973)
  • Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature (1927-2014)
  • Alurista, Chicano poet and activist (b. 1947)
  • Rudolfo Anaya, Mexican-American author (b. 1937)
  • Malcolm Lowry, English poet and novelist (1909-1957)
  • Japanese Edo-period haiku masters: Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828), Yosa Buson (1716–1783), Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), and Ueshima Onitsura (1661-1738)

"Nobody had heard of the term immigration. Migration, to them, was when the tuna and whales cruised up the coast, or when Guacamaya parrots flew up from the south."
—Luis Alberto Urrea, from Into the Beautiful North

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