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Luis Alberto Urrea

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Luis Alberto Urrea is the author of many books of nonfiction and poetry. He has won the Christopher Award, the Western States Book Award, and most recently, the American Book Award.
Foto taget av: Luis Alberto Urrea at the 2015 Texas Book Festival. By Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 4.0,


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The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Sixteenth Annual Collection (2003) — Bidragsgivare — 235 exemplar
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The Best American Poetry 1996 (1996) — Bidragsgivare — 169 exemplar
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Tijuana, Mexico
Tijuana, Mexico
San Diego, California, USA
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Boulder, Colorado, USA
Tucson, Arizona, USA
Lafayette, Louisiana, USA (visa alla 7)
Naperville, Illinois, USA
University of California, San Diego
University of Colorado
Priser och utmärkelser
Western States Book Award (Poetry ∙ 1996)
Latino Literature Hall of Fame (2000)
Lannan Literary Award (Nonfiction ∙ 2004)
Pulitzer Prize Finalist (2005)
Kiriyama Prize (2006)
American Book Award (1999)
Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
Michael Cendejas (Lynn Pleshette Agency ∙ Lynn Pleshette Agency)
Trinity Ray (American Program Bureau ∙ American Program Bureau)
Julie Barer (Barer Literary ∙ LLC)
Kort biografi
Luis Alberto Urrea (born August 20, 1955 in Tijuana, Mexico) is a Mexican American poet, novelist, and essayist.

Luis Urrea is the son of Alberto Urrea Murray, of Rosario, Sinaloa, Mexico and Phyllis Dashiell, born in Staten Island, New York. He was born on August 20, 1955 in Tijuana, Mexico, and listed as an American born abroad. Both his parents worked in San Diego. In 1958 the family moved to Logan Heights in South San Diego, because he had tuberculosis and they felt he would recover in the US. The family moved again in 1965 to Clairemont, a newer subdivision in the city of San Diego. His mother encouraged him to write and encouraged him to attend college and to apply for grants that would help pay for his college education. He attended the University of California, San Diego, earning an undergraduate degree in writing in 1977. Urrea completed his graduate studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His father died by murder on a trip to his home village in 1977, seeking money there to spend on his son's college education. This motivated Urrea to write an essay that was published in 1980, as way of processing his grief.

After serving as a relief worker in Tijuana, he worked as a teachers aid in the Chicano Studies department in San Diego's Mesa College in 1978. He also worked as a film extra and columnist-editor-cartoonist for several publications. In June 1982 Urrea moved to Boston where he taught expository writing and fiction workshops at Harvard University. He has also taught at Massachusetts Bay Community College, and the University of Colorado, and he was the writer in residence at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Urrea married in 1987, and later divorced in 1993. In 1994, Urrea's first novel, In Search of Snow, was published. His mother died in 1990, bringing Urrea back to California to settle her affairs, and parts of Across the Wire were published in the San Diego Reader.

Urrea lives with his family in Naperville, Illinois, where he is a professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

In two heavily researched historical novels, The Hummingbird's Daughter and Queen of America, Urrea tells the story of his father's aunt, Teresita Urrea, who was known as "The Saint of Cabora" and "The Mexican Joan of Arc."



November 2022: Luis Alberto Urrea i Monthly Author Reads (november 2022)


Would give 10 stars if I could. This book is so moving - funny, devastating, important. Please read it.
decaturmamaof2 | 12 andra recensioner | Nov 22, 2023 |
I found this book to be quite outlandish.
A young woman, Nayeli, 19, notices that her small town in Mexico has no men, so she decides to head to the US to bring back seven men to help populate her town. Her aunt Irma, newly elected mayor of the town, encourages her to go. Nayeli also plans to go to IL to find her father who left years earlier.
Nayeli sets off with a small group and heads north to San Diego. They encounter a cast of characters on the way, as well as the border patrol.
Nayeli grows up on this trip, and realizes that the boy she thought she loved, as well as her father, are not the men she expected them to be.
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rmarcin | 65 andra recensioner | Nov 14, 2023 |
This is an utterly charming fictional account of a little-known Red Cross program in WW2 that distributed donuts and coffee to service personnel on the front lines. Working from modified trucks, the Donut Dollies fried donuts, made coffee and spun records, lifting the spirit of the GIs. Mr. Urrea gathered stories from his own mother and others and wove them together into this wonderful book.
Dokfintong | 12 andra recensioner | Oct 9, 2023 |
Excellent book. What a story. I could not work out what was real and what was made up. I also questioned where the author obtained the pictures
shazjhb | 12 andra recensioner | Oct 2, 2023 |



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