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Luis Alberto Urrea

Mexico (b.1955)

Luis Alberto Urrea is the author of the widely acclaimed novel The Hummingbird's Daughter and a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction for The Devil's Highway. Inducted into the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, Urrea was born in Tijuana, Mexico, to a Mexican father and an American mother.

Genres: Historical, Literary Fiction
Non fiction series
   In Search of Snow (1994)
   Into the Beautiful North (2009)
   Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush (2010)
   The House of Broken Angels (2018)
   Fourteen Days (2023) (with others)
   Good Night, Irene (2023)
   The Fever of Being (poems) (1994)
   Ghost Sickness (poems) (1997)
   Vatos (poems) (2000)
   Six Kinds of Sky (2002)
   Tijuana Book of the Dead (poems) (2015)
   The Water Museum (2015)
Non fiction
   Wandering Time (1999)
   The Devils Highway (2004)
Omnibus editions
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (2016) : The Water Museum

Luis Alberto Urrea recommends
My Name Is Iris (2023)
Brando Skyhorse
"Any new book by Brando Skyhorse is a cause for celebration. My Name Is Iris is rich and full of heart and emotion. This is the work of a lifetime of experience, and you will not forget his characters."
A Small Sacrifice for an Enormous Happiness (2023)
Jai Chakrabarti
"Jai Chakrabarti is an elegant writer with clarity of vision and greatness of heart. His new book expands the world in some mysterious way."
Angeline (2023)
Anna Quinn
"Sister Angeline is a character for the ages. Anna Quinn has created a deeply moving portrait of a great soul at the precipice of faith and duty and the shadows of a wrenching past. It's beautiful, and like all true beauty, the book is haunting, if not haunted."
On the Rooftop (2022)
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
"In all of her work, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton invites us into the most intimate spaces of remarkable families during remarkable times. In this stellar novel, she takes us deeply into the dynamics of mothers and daughters, their individual-and collective-dreams and struggles. The harmonies of The Salvations are the literal soul music of this neighborhood in San Francisco during the turbulent '50s and I will never look up at another rooftop again, without imagining three sisters reaching for their stars."
The Family Izquierdo (2022)
Rubén Degollado
"Ruben Degollado has written an open-hearted work of witness, love, and triumph. We have come far. And this brave novel reminds us of where we have to go. Anyone with a family will find themselves in these pages."
Book of Extraordinary Tragedies (2022)
Joe Meno
"I don't know how Joe Meno does it - if I did know, I'd copy him. This book has such velocity that it generates wind, yet it is meditative and steeped in love, music, and human connection. It's stunning."

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