CLEVELAND RIGHTS READERS DISCUSS ACROSS THE WIRE
CLEVELAND RIGHTS READERS DISCUSS ACROSS THE WIRE: LIFE & HARD TIMES ON THE MEXICAN BORDER BY LUIS URREA
Much has been written about the hardships faced by Mexicans who have illegally crossed over into the United States, but until now almost no attention has been paid to the terrible living conditions these people suffer "across the wire" (behind the Mexican border), which forces so many of them to make the dangerous journey to the U.S. 15 photos.
"This is a riveting, compassionate, and beautiful narrative. I will never be able to forget this powerful book." -John Nichols, author of The Milagro Beanfield War
"The Borderland--the trouble zone between two countries, between two languages, the poverty which is the huge shadow of affluence, the place where you live when life is impossible, the time between boyhood and manhood when a young man does crazy things, the region where the saints and the outlaws are-- all these borderlands are in Urrea's book of horrors and marvels, tenderness and rage."- Ursula K. Le Guin, author of The Left Hand of Darkness
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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