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Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
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Jan 19, 11

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Read in January, 2011

A wonderful book by a talented author, who uses a modern twist on magical realism to tell his amazing stories. I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by this author.

This is a story about an idyllic little Mexican town that lost all its men to northern migration. After malevolent outsiders move in to set up shop, and inspired by The Magnificent Seven (Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen play pivotal roles in the story), our heroine takes a weird group of friends illegally across the border in hopes of convincing seven men to come back to the town reestablish order. The journey itself is quite eye-opening, both for the reader and the travelers, and our heroine goes off on a personal journey in the middle of it all to find her own father. Despite the fact that it's fiction, it gives us an honest look at what life on the mexican side of the border, an illegal journey across the border, and subsequent life in the US, is like. Or at least I assume it's honest...

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