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He has dealt with day-to-day disgust. There is no soul searching on the part of the author, no self-congratulations for helping these people out. After working as a film extra, he joined a crew of relief workers helping the poor on the Mexican side wcross the border. Urrea does these things by telling narratives from his point of view, which is most commonly as a missionary attempting to give aid to people. Into the Beautiful North. The more thr Urrea’s books I read, the more I can see him circling within and between his books, looking for a safe place to land his private moments of pain and joy.

Nov 28, Pickle Farmer rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

If you pick it up, be prepared to keep reading. Urrea paints an honest and respectful portrait of the people who touch his life in the borderlands. Open Preview See a Problem? Library Locations and Hours. Tijuana Baja California, Mexico — Economic conditions. It’s right across the US border and it’s a different world. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Deadmixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind.


Aug 08, Ian rated it it was amazing. While not quite as compelling as Urrea’s later “The Devil’s Highway”, this is still gripping writing. He devoted his time working with the people in his hometown of Tijuana.

Across the Wire: Life and Hard Times on the Mexican Border by Luis Alberto Urrea

Quotes from Across the Wire: Please review your cart. Overall rating No ratings yet 0. Urrea doesn’t set out to shock, the vivid descriptions come from a place of honesty and respect.

Nov 01, Holly rated it it was amazing. Though written 25 years ago, this little book stands as a huge testament to the realities of border life in Tijuana, Mexico.

This book is about Tijuana, Mexico and the unbearable life of the refugees living in misery and poverty. This was a book I found on my shelves, a purchase from long ago. At his best, Mr. If you haven’t read any of Urrea’s books, you are missing out on some pretty profound experiences written in almost perfect prose. Want to Read saving…. Even this many years later, these true stories are timely and important. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

Currently, he lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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Another review It’s not easy to find words to review a book like this. A True Storybut you can see that the path toward that book started with the recounti Absolutely heart-wrenching stories of life on the Mexican border, all of them tinged with what makes up life: Dancing with the Tiger.


Sep 27, Lars Guthrie rated it really liked it. He accross residents of the Tijuana city dump, visits rural orphanages with American missionaries, and goes on calls with a Tijuana police officer. This gives you a great sense of where he comes from and the challenges facing those navigating the nebulous border world between U.


Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, Luis has used the theme of borders, immigration and search for love and belonging throughout his work. I have come away from this reading with a new found respect for the people living in such situations. A Glass of Water. This book will stay with me forever. Born in Tijuana, Urrea, who moved to the U.

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. More than just an expose, Across the Wire is a tribute to the tenacity of a people who have learned to survive against the most ghe odds, and returns to these forgotten people their pride and their identity.

ACROSS THE WIRE by Luis Alberto Urrea | Kirkus Reviews

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 Continuing on, Urrea did his graduate studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder and later taught at the Expository Writing program at Harvard.

The closets, the clothes in the closets. My life has taken n a new perspective. These are the people who live in Tijuana’s garbage dumps. Other than these dire issues I enjoyed the book as it gives great depth into aross lives of people and their struggles.