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Into the Beautiful North
Into the Beautiful North: A Novel | Luis Alberto Urrea
Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US to find work. Recently, it has dawned on her that he isn't the only man who has left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village--they've all gone north. While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men--her own "Siete Magníficos"--to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over. Filled with unforgettable characters and prose as radiant as the Sinaloan sun, INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH is the story of an irresistible young woman's quest to find herself on both sides of the fence.
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LWagoner
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Read as part of the Open Canon Bookclub hosted by Wiley Cash. Published 9 years ago but so very timely as there are so many border discussions today. This story may provide a different perspective. The story recounts the journey of Nayeli and her friends. They journey to the U.S. to recruit men to return to their Mexican village to save it and bring new life back into their community. Funny and poignant- very good read.

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Brie
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I finished this road trip/coming of age novel last month. It was not what I expected at all, but an adventurous comedic border crossing and genre crossing book all wrapped up in an immigration story. So many memorable characters.

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DebinHawaii
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It's been ages since I've had a good #libraryhaul like this. The bottom 3 are checkouts-I started The Kiss Quotient & Only Human in audio but wasn't able to finish them before they were due back & the print copies came in before my renewals did. The Cooking Gene is for my virtual foodie book club. The top 4 are from the library bookstore. 1/2-off fiction so I got them all for $2.25--not too shabby. The 🐔🐔wonder when or if I will get them read!🤣

erank58 I LOVED The Cottingley Secret-- it was such a light, refreshing read. Enjoy!! 8mo
DebinHawaii @erank58 I enjoy her books and kept checking that one out of the library but not getting it read so I'm happy to have a copy! Glad to hear you loved it! 👍📚 8mo
shanaqui Is the Cottingley Secret about the Cottingley Fairies hoax? I grew up in that area! :) 8mo
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LWagoner
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Next up in the Open Canon Bookclub. #wileycash

lynneamch You saw how much I enjoyed this. Love Wiley Cash, too, and happen to be reading this for bookclub now. 8mo
LWagoner All the reviews for this book have been very positive. Looking forward to reading. Wiley Cash is a wonderful author! You might also enjoy reading Ron Rash 8mo
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Abby2
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I enjoyed reading this. It was both silly and serious. Beautiful writing.

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violabrain
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This book was not at all what I expected and I'm not really sure what I think of it, but in the end I think I enjoyed it. I didn't expect it to be so silly. The humor at times seemed jarringly at odds with the extremely serious subject matter. 3/5 stars I would say.

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AlaMich
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I posted about this book not long ago, but it works for #journey. Funny, touching, maddening, it's an awesome adventure!! #jubilantjuly

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AlaMich
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I loved this book so much!! A wonderful adventure/quest story, hilarious, memorable characters... Nayeli and the notorious girlfriends (plus Tacho) set out for the US border to retrieve some of their wayward men. The absurdity and sadness of the US/Mexico immigration situation isn't shied away from, but there are no stereotypes here, just people doing the best they can. So good!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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AlaMich
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It's not page 101, but good lines nonetheless. 😀 #teasertuesday

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AlaMich
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Just started this...40 pages in and loving it so far! 😀#mexicanauthors

lynneamch I really enjoyed this one. Funny how I never think about folks bowling in Mexico, but, why not? Strong female characters! 2y
AlaMich @lynneamch Yes! It's charming and funny and tragic and infuriating all at the same time. 2y
lynneamch Exactly! 2y
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AlaMich
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My #bookhaul after my #librarywander. I went with no plans and just chose books off the shelves. I've never read Urrea so I will start with him. I've read the other writers except Bayer. It was fun to have no agenda when I visited. 😊

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Librarianaut
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I read this as part of a "One City, One Book" thing a few years ago. The story was good and moved at a quick pace. My DKG chapter had a good book discussion over it, too. #mexicanamericanauthors #maybookflowers

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lynneamch
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Lovely, heart-warming, heart-breaking story of 19-Nayeli and friends who cross the border into the US to bring back her father and other men who left her small Mexican town years before to find work. Full of rich characters like Tia Irma who still makes me smile. Urrea brings them so much to life that I feel I shoud be able to meet them in person. #MexicanAuthors @RealLifeReading

Texreader Sounds amazing. And timely. 2y
hyacinth Ahhh I have so many Urrea books on my TBR. I really need to get to them. They sound so beautiful. 2y
lynneamch @hyacinth This is the only one I've read, but the others do sound good, especially 2y
lynneamch I see there are no posts for it yet. Wonder what other littens think. 2y
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lauralovesbooks1
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I thought that this was a compelling read about a young woman and a couple of her friends that cross into the US illegally in order to find men to bring back to their village. Urrea was really effective at fleshing out his characters and making them three dimensional. Looking forward to reading more by him.

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Brie
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#marchintoreading #blameitonlitsy I saw this book in a post and stacked it. I bought it at the library recently, but haven't gotten to it yet.

RealLifeReading I love his books!! I've read The Hummingbird's Daughter and The Devil's Highway as well as this one. And they are all excellent reads. 2y
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Leelee.reads
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Super excited to see that this is one of the NEA's Big Read selections this year. It's funny yet poignant, silly but relevant and thought-provoking. Pick up a copy to read this year alongside thousands of others participating in the Big Read! Some libraries even offer book club supplies for free on Big Read books. If nothing else, scroll through the NEA's Big Read list this year - it's a killer list.

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LindsayReads
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This was the first proper novel I read by Urrea. It's a take on The Magnificent Seven (and of course Seven Samurai) where a trio of girls leave for El Norte to retrieve the men who have left back to their Mexican village. It is funny and poignant, and I think of it often. I believe Urrea said Niki Caro (who directed The Whale Rider) got the movie rights, though looking it up now, it seems TNT has picked it up as well. #LatinxAuthors #FeistyFeb

LindsayReads @RealLifeReading I love that one as well! I have the section about the six stages of death by hyperthermia dogeared. 😂😱 2y
lynneamch So glad you posted this. I was thinking of the story today, but couldn't remember the title or author. It was so good! I need to read more by tnis author. 2y
LindsayReads @lynneamch He is a fantastic author. I have read several of his books now and have enjoyed them all. 2y
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CAJHTX
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Good read. A view of the US from the perspective of a young Mexican woman and her friends.

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aunt_feather
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Loved the book when it came out and I've been waiting for the right moment to pick it up again. Saw The Magnificent Seven and now is the time. Can't wait to hang out with Nayeli and Atomiko again!

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ForestAvenuePress
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Totally smitten with this multi-voiced, charming novel--and not just because I snagged an autographed edition at Powell's!

BookMusings I read this recently! I liked it a lot. Nice grab! 3y
ForestAvenuePress I love Urrea's work and admire him as a human being! I think this is my favorite of his books although I do have a bit more catching up to do. 3y
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ForestAvenuePress
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Cannot wait to read this after hearing Luis Urrea talk about the real-life characters he brought into the page during a library talk this weekend in Portland, Oregon.