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News Mon Jun 22 2009

Looking for Heroes

The Seattle Times has a review of Luis Alberto Urrea's new novel, Into the Beautiful North, about a young Mexican woman who travels to the United States to find her own 'Magnificent Seven' to save her town from drug dealers. The reviewer says, "Not to trivialize, but these characters cry out for a sequel -- maybe a telenovela? They are too good for just a single outing."

On the other hand, the San Francisco Chronicle calls Into the Beautiful North "Border Crossing Lite" and says the book "seems rushed."

The Chronicle also has an interview with Urrea in which the author explains, "in this book I partially wanted to give a lighter read."

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