Across the Wire: Life and Hard Times on the Mexican Border [Luis Urrea] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Luis Alberto Urrea’s Across the. Read “Across the Wire Life and Hard Times on the Mexican Border” by Luis Urrea with Rakuten Kobo. Luis Alberto Urrea’s Across the Wire offers a compelling. A compelling and unprecedented look at life on the other side of the border. Despite the numbers of people crossing over to the U.S., hundreds more remain .

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He has dealt with day-to-day disgust. You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: I also think this is necessary reading for anyone interested in sociology, social services, global development, poverty, women’s studies, chicano studies, Mexico, or human rights.

Urrea puts you right there in the qire, amid the scorpions and the heat. I’ve recently spent time in South Africa working with a friend who runs a program in a township there.

Child of El Salvador. He is the son of an American mother and Mexican father, and he has seen the wire from both sides. Just across the border in Tijuana, his home town, Urrea worked with evangelical missionairies to give aid to people living in the most severe kind of poverty–the kind of poverty we associate with India or Africa, not somewhere next to San Since my enthusiastic reception of Urrea’s ‘The Hummingbird’s Daughter,’ my Dad has cheerfully assigned a couple of collection of essays by that author to me.

Another reason it is worth reading is because the suspense and storytelling ability of the author keeps the reader interested and always wanting to read more.

The House of Broken Angels. Tijuana Baja California, Mexico — Economic conditions. This gives you a great sense of where he comes from and the challenges facing those navigating the nebulous ghe world between U. The Milagro Beanfield War. Some people might actually like this book as I do because they seek for true stories of different or random people deal with. After working acrkss a film extra, he joined a crew of relief workers helping the poor on the Mexican side of the border.


No trivia or quizzes yet. There is some comic relief in an essay about a day spent with a Tijuana cop, a digression with the story of the death of Urrea’s mysterious father, and a final episode of hope, when a radio station organizes the presentation of Christmas gifts to the kids of the garbage dumps.

He is a creative writing professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago and lives with his family in the ‘burbs dreaming of returning West soon!

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Started reading this morning and finished this afternoon. To ask other readers questions about Across the Wireplease sign up. Aug 10, Eavan Hooke rated it it was amazing. Living room furniture and beds in the bedrooms? A Place to Stand.

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In my opinion this book was very good because every single short story is being told its true and this is what really poor people have to deal with everyday. My heart feels like it was gently broken during the reading of this, and when it heals back together it’s going to have a slightly different shape.

I physically recoiled on more than one occasion. Sire for The Gulf Motel. Too many graphic descriptions of intestinal parasites and dysentery.

Refresh and try again. Urrea buys shoes for her; when they’re stolen, she’s expelled; her family disappears; ten years later, she lives in a chicken coop with her children, but her spirit and personality seem intact. Urrea doesn’t set out to shock, the vivid descriptions come from a place of honesty and respect. As I read his narratives I felt sick to my sick because of the sub human conditions that these people live in, anger at our government for the immigration policies, and ended by just wanting to cry when I read his Christmas story.


Labor and Love in Guatemala. How to write a great review. If you pick it up, be prepared to keep reading. While Urrea’s work was written some years ago, his words are still true today. You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout.

If you’re looking to do more than merely A timely reread. Most of the books people read have unrealistic stories but this book actually shows what people near the border have to deal with everyday of their miserable lives. Dancing with the Tiger.

Let’s take it further – you’ve said good-bye to the graveyard, the dog, the goat, the mountains where you hunted, your grade school, your state, your favorite spot on the river where you fished and took time to think. Everything I’ve read from Urrea is excellent.

No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! The beauty of these stories is that Luis also makes the reader feel wir universal oneness of simply being human; and, if we scratch off the veneer of economic status, we will find something to relate to with the humans featured in this book. Dec 10, Whitaker rated it really liked it.