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Across the wire : life and hard times on the Mexican border

Jun 12, Nick rated it liked it. A series of vignettes from this Tijuana born writer, shows a heartwrenching and often difficult to read portrayal of poverty and the struggle for life on the border. Living room furniture and beds in the bedrooms? Into the Beautiful North. Life and Hard Times on the Mexican Border was published in and it is a journalistic collection of narratives that were observed by the author, Luis Alberto Urrea, from to in areas near the Mexican-American border where he worked as a translator and helper for the missionaries.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. There is no soul searching on the part of the author, no self-congratulations for helping these people out. Mar 12, Karimi rated it it was amazing. It will sound trite to say he genuinely cares, but he does, he cares for the people he meets on the borderlands as he would care for anyone else who sire his life.


You’ve successfully reported this review. The hte about his father is haunting.

Though written in the early 90’s, it is still very relevant today. Jul 20, Ken rated it really liked it. Lists with This Book. Cinema and Inter-American Relations.

Across the Wire: Life and Hard Times on the Mexican Border

The Milagro Beanfield War. Its heartbreaking stories bring a sad atmosphere to the reader that make the book even better because the reader wants to read it as its going on. There was an error while adding the following items.

May 16, grundoon rated it really liked it. Mexican border towns are strange, confusing, and sometimes wonderful, and Luis Urrea takes us there.

One of Von’s pep talks revolved around the unconscionable wealth in the United States. Reefer Ranger A Schism 8 Short. Urrea gives us a compassionate and candid account of his work as a member and “official translator” of a crew of relief workers that provided aid to the many refugees hidden just behind the flashy tourist spots of Tijuana.

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How Wall Street Created a Nation. For someone like me, it’s a reminder of the various faces of Mexico, and how easily we can hide them behind our culture, geography, history, and the mask we want to present to the world.


After reading Across the Wire I have found acriss it is worth reading in order to understand the information and learn about the lives of these people.

A couple other aspects to the novel that may make the reader uncomfortable are the violent and graphic events and situations qire the author illustrates.

Nov 28, Pickle Farmer rated it it was amazing Shelves: From the Trade Paperback edition. Publisher’s Weekly Review Urrea, a Mexican-born American, worked from to for a Protestant aid group in Tijuana, and he wrote these fragmentary, evocative tales of heartbreak and hope for the San Diego Reader after he returned to the region in Jul 14, Kate rated it it was amazing Shelves: He has thrilled at squalor and joked about poverty wie its conditions in which people are infested with insects, disease, and despair.

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Every child who came left with a toy. Books by Luis Alberto Urrea.

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