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Urrea, Luis Alberto

Overview
Works: 74 works in 303 publications in 4 languages and 19,633 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Historical fiction  History  Bildungsromans  Biographical fiction  Creative nonfiction  Domestic fiction  Biography  Short stories  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Speaker, Narrator, Interviewee
Classifications: PS3571.R74, 813.54
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The hummingbird's daughter : a novel by Luis Alberto Urrea( Book )

40 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 2,487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This historical novel is based on Urrea's real great-aunt Teresita, who had healing powers and was acclaimed as a saint. Urrea has researched historical accounts and family records for years to get an accurate story
The devil's highway : a true story by Luis Alberto Urrea( Book )

16 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 2,278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the attempt of twenty-six men to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona, a region known as the Devil's Highway, detailing their harrowing ordeal and battle for survival against impossible odds. Only 12 men came back out. 2 maps
Into the beautiful North : a novel by Luis Alberto Urrea( Book )

27 editions published between 2009 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 2,159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US when she was young. 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."--Provided by publisher
Queen of America : a novel by Luis Alberto Urrea( Book )

13 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The remarkable heroine of The hummingbird's daughter returns in this epic novel of love and loss in a restless America. Teresita's passage will take her across the nation as she comes to terms with her place in a new world. She must finally ask herself the ultimate question: is a saint allowed to fall in love?
The house of broken angels : a novel by Luis Alberto Urrea( Book )

8 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 1,311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Urrea's exuberant new novel of Mexican-American life, 70-year-old patriarch Big Angel de la Cruz is dying, and he wants to have one last birthday blowout. Unfortunately, his 100-year-old mother, America, dies the week of his party, so funeral and birthday are celebrated one day apart. The entire contentious, riotous de la Cruz clan descends on San Diego for the events. High rollers and college students, prison veternaos and welfare mothers, happy kids and sad old-timers and pinches gringos and all available relatives. Not to mention figurative ghosts of the departed and an unexpected guest with a gun. Taking place over the course of two days, with time out for an extended flashback to Big Angel's journey from La Paz to San Diego in the 1960s, the narrative follows Big Angel and his extended familia as they air old grievances, initiate new romances, and try to put their relationships in perspective. Of the large cast, standouts include Perla, Big Angel's wife, the object of his undimmed affection; Little Angel, his half-Anglo half-brother, who strains to remain aloof; and Lalo, his son, trailing a lifetime of bad decisions. Urrea (The Hummingbird's Daughter) has written a vital, vibrant book about the immigrant experience that is a messy celebration of life's common joys and sorrows"--Publisher's weekly
Across the wire : life and hard times on the Mexican border by Luis Alberto Urrea( Book )

8 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 1,060 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a book of fragments, stories of moments in the lives of people along the Mexican border
A world of turtles : a literary celebration( )

4 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and held by 932 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The water museum : stories by Luis Alberto Urrea( Book )

6 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 788 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A short story collection that examines the borders between nations and between people, including the Edgar-winning Amapola and his now classic Bid farewell to her many horses
By the lake of sleeping children : the secret life of the Mexican border by Luis Alberto Urrea( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Luis Alberto Urrea's first book, Across the Wire: Life and Hard Times on the Mexican Border, was a haunting and unprecedented look at what life is like for those living on the Mexican side of the border, eking out only the barest of lives not far from the white sands and coral reefs of Southern California. His poignant, widely acclaimed account of the struggle of these people to survive amid the abject poverty, unsanitary living conditions, and legal and political chaos that reign in the Mexican borderlands vividly illustrated why so many are forced to make the treacherous and illegal journey "across the wire" into the United States. Written with the same unflagging curiosity, compassion, mordant wit, and novelistic sense of detail that made Across the Wire "a work of investigative reporting that is also a bittersweet song of human anguish" (Los Angeles Times), 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
An introduction to Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury : audio guide by Dan Stone( Recording )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 702 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Readings of excerpts from and critical analysis of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, a novel about a future American society that embraces hedonism and bans critical thought through reading
In search of snow : a novel by Luis Alberto Urrea( Book )

9 editions published between 1994 and 1999 in English and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel about a macho father, his drifter son and the memory of a dead mother. The setting is a gas station in the Arizona desert in the 50s. A study of a father and son relationship when there is no mother
Vatos by José Galvez( Book )

5 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A photographic essay on the lives of Hispanic men accompanied by a poem describing their many roles
The Tijuana book of the dead : poems by Luis Alberto Urrea( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the author of Pulitzer-nominated The Devil's Highway and national bestseller The Hummingbird's Daughter comes an exquisitely composed collection of poetry on life at the border. Weaving English and Spanish languages as fluidly as he blends cultures of the southwest, Luis Urrea offers a tour of Tijuana, spanning from Skid Row, to the suburbs of East Los Angeles, to the stunning yet deadly Mojave Desert, to Mexico and the border fence itself. Mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind, Urrea explores duality and the concept of blurring borders in a melting pot society."--Publisher information
Mr. Mendoza's paintbrush by Luis Alberto Urrea( Book )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells a story of a graffiti artist, Mr. Mendoza, who goes about the Mexican village of Rosario creating masterpieces that reflect the social ills of the city. One day his paintbrush creates a miraculous event that no one in Rosario ever forgets
Into the beautiful North : [a novel] by Luis Alberto Urrea( Recording )

17 editions published between 2009 and 2016 in English and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traveling north of the border in search of work, the men of Nayeli's Mexican village have nearly disappeared. Upon watching the 1960 film The Magnificent Seven, 19-year-old Nayeli decides to journey north herself and recruit her own band of seven men. With hopes that her 'siete magnificos' will not only repopulate the village, but also combat the ruthless bandidos threatening to seize control of the area, Nayeli abandons her job at the local taco shop and sets off into the beautiful north
Six kinds of sky : a collection of short fiction by Luis Alberto Urrea( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a collection of six stories featuring Native American and Hispanic characters, set in various locations from Mexico City and Tijuana to the Sioux nation in South Dakota
The highway kind : tales of fast cars, desperate drivers, and dark roads by Patrick Millikin( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thrilling crime stories about cars, driving, and the road from the world's bestselling and critically acclaimed writers. Like fiction, cars take us into a different world: from the tony enclaves of upper crust society to the lowliest barrio; from muscle car-driving con men to hardscrabble kids on the road during the Great Depression; from a psychotic traveling salesman to a Mexican drug lord who drives a tricked-out VW Bus. We all share the roads, and our cars link us together. Including entirely new stories from Michael Connelly, C.J. Box, George Pelecanos, Diana Gabaldon, James Sallis, Ace Atkins, Luis Alberto Urrea, Sara Gran, Ben H. Winters, and Joe Lansdale, THE HIGHWAY KIND is a street-level look at modern America, as seen through one of its national obsessions
The house of broken angels by Luis Alberto Urrea( Recording )

7 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A beloved and ailing patriarch, Big Angel, has summoned his Mexican-American family for one last legendary birthday party. But then his mother dies herself, leading to a farewell doubleheader
Ghost sickness by Luis Alberto Urrea( Book )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The red caddy : into the unknown with Edward Abbey by Charles Bowden( Book )

2 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first literary biography of Edward Abbey in a generation, this thoughtful memoir serves as a meditation on the writing life, the cult of readers, reputation, and the literary afterlife of a well-known writer
 
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The devil's highway : a true story
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The devil's highway : a true storyInto the beautiful North : a novelQueen of America : a novelAcross the wire : life and hard times on the Mexican borderA world of turtles : a literary celebrationBy the lake of sleeping children : the secret life of the Mexican borderIn search of snow : a novelVatos
Alternative Names
Luis Alberto Urrea auteur uit Mexico

Luís Alberto Urrea Mexican-American poet

Luis Alberto Urrea mexikanisch-US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller

ウレア, ルイス・アルベルト

ルイス・アルベルト・ウレア

Languages
English (203)

Spanish (22)

Chinese (2)

German (2)