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The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea
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Oct 22, 10

bookshelves: politics-current-events, immigration
Read from October 18 to 21, 2010

The overarching story is about one border crossing from Mexico to Arizona that led to the deaths of 14 men in May 2001. This is interwoven with background information and individual stories encompassing all groups within the immigration process: immigrants, their families, Mexican gangsters, coyotes, and Border Patrol agents. Urrea’s conversational tone and vivid description of the flora, fauna, weather, and geography of the region lend a surreal feeling that you are helplessly watching everything unfold from a safe distance. Superbly written.

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Mckinley What do you think of this? I'd like to read it.

Catherine As horrifying as you probably expect, and so well-written I can't even come up with enough superlatives to describe it. I'm almost done so I'll post a full review soon. If you like books about immigration issues, I also recommend The Death of Josseline by Margaret Regan.

Gwen I wanted to get Urrea to come speak at CC but then he got all famous! Oh well.

Catherine I hate when that happens!

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