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Luis Urrea

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Luis Alberto Urrea was born in Tijuana to an American mother and a Mexican father.  He graduated from the University of California, San Diego, in 1977.  After working as a film extra, he joined a crew of relief workers helping the poor on the Mexican side of the border.  In 1982, he went to Massachusetts, where he taught Expository Writing at Harvard.  Currently, he lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 2, 1993
Price: $15.95

Luis Alberto Urrea-who worked as a translator for a crew of relief workers in Tijuana-offers an unprecedented look at the lives of refugees on the Mexican side of the border. His account of the poverty and filth, and the legal and political chaos that reigns in the Mexican borderlands offers students... Read more >
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Across the Wire
Life and Hard Times on the Mexican Border
Written by Luis Urrea


Format: eBook, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 1, 2010
Price: $12.99

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By the Lake of Sleeping Children

Written by Luis Urrea


Format: eBook, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 17, 2010
Price: $13.99

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By the Lake of Sleeping Children

Written by Luis Urrea


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 1, 1996
Price: $15.00

By the Lake of Sleeping Children delves into 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... Read more >
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