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Into the Beautiful North

"They kept veering north, as if there would be some magical gap in the fences. As if there would be some way into the USA that nobody had ever tried, or that the Border Patrol had overlooked."
   - From Into the Beautiful North

Into the Beautiful North Read-alikes


Mountain View College presents the Fall 2015- Spring 2016 Common Book selection: Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea.


This LibGuide highlights Library resources including books, articles, and websites in support of research, instruction and campus/community events focusing on Into the Beautiful North.


Nineteen -year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US to find work. 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 Magnificos"--to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over. Filled with unforgettable characters and prose as radiant as the Sinaloan sun, Into the Beautiful North is the story of a irresistable young woman's quest to find herself on both sides of the fence.

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