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The House of Broken Angels (Paperback): Luis Alberto Urrea The House of Broken Angels (Paperback)
Luis Alberto Urrea
R348 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R64 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"All we do, mija, is love. Love is the answer. Nothing stops it. Not borders. Not death." In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel de La Cruz, affectionately called Big Angel, has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. But as the party approaches, his mother, nearly one hundred, dies herself, leading to a farewell doubleheader in a single weekend. Among the guests is Big Angel's half brother, known as Little Angel, who must reckon with the truth that although he shares a father with his siblings, he has not, as a half gringo, shared a life. Across two bittersweet days in their San Diego neighborhood, the revelers mingle among the palm trees and cacti, celebrating the lives of Big Angel and his mother, and recounting the many inspiring tales that have passed into family lore, the acts both ordinary and heroic that brought these citizens to a fraught and sublime country and allowed them to flourish in the land they have come to call home. The story of the de La Cruzes is the quintessential American story. This indelible portrait of a complex family reminds us of what it means to be the first generation and to live two lives across one border. It takes us into a world we have not known, while reflecting back the hopes and dreams of our own families. Teeming with brilliance and humor, authentic at every turn, The House of Broken Angels is Luis Alberto Urrea at his best, and cements his reputation as a storyteller of the first rank.

The House of Broken Angels (Paperback): Luis Alberto Urrea The House of Broken Angels (Paperback)
Luis Alberto Urrea 1
R274 R195 Discovery Miles 1 950 Save R79 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Epic . . . Rambunctious . . . Highly entertaining' New York Times 'All we do, mija, is love. Love is the answer. Nothing stops it. Not borders. Not death.' In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel de La Cruz, affectionately called Big Angel, has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. But as the party approaches, his mother, nearly one hundred, dies, transforming the weekend into a farewell doubleheader. Among the guests is Big Angel's half brother, known as Little Angel, who must reckon with the truth that although he shares a father with his siblings, he has not, as a half gringo, shared a life. Across two bittersweet days in their San Diego neighbourhood, the revellers mingle among the palm trees and cacti, celebrating the lives of Big Angel and his mother, and recounting the many inspiring tales that have passed into family lore, the acts both ordinary and heroic that brought these citizens to a fraught and sublime country and allowed them to flourish in the land they have come to call home. Teeming with brilliance and humor, authentic at every turn, The House of Broken Angels is Luis Alberto Urrea at his best, and cements his reputation as a storyteller of the first rank.

The House of Broken Angels (Paperback): Luis Alberto Urrea The House of Broken Angels (Paperback)
Luis Alberto Urrea
R230 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R46 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'Epic . . . Rambunctious . . . Highly entertaining' New York Times 'All we do, mija, is love. Love is the answer. Nothing stops it. Not borders. Not death.' In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel de La Cruz, affectionately called Big Angel, has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. But as the party approaches, his mother, nearly one hundred, dies, transforming the weekend into a farewell doubleheader. Among the guests is Big Angel's half brother, known as Little Angel, who must reckon with the truth that although he shares a father with his siblings, he has not, as a half gringo, shared a life. Across two bittersweet days in their San Diego neighbourhood, the revellers mingle among the palm trees and cacti, celebrating the lives of Big Angel and his mother, and recounting the many inspiring tales that have passed into family lore, the acts both ordinary and heroic that brought these citizens to a fraught and sublime country and allowed them to flourish in the land they have come to call home. Teeming with brilliance and humor, authentic at every turn, The House of Broken Angels is Luis Alberto Urrea at his best, and cements his reputation as a storyteller of the first rank.

The House of Broken Angels (Hardcover): Luis Alberto Urrea The House of Broken Angels (Hardcover)
Luis Alberto Urrea
R558 R450 Discovery Miles 4 500 Save R108 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Prizewinning and bestselling writer Luis Urrea has written his Mexican coming-to-America story, his masterpiece. Destined to sit alongside other classic immigrant novels, THE HOUSE OF BROKEN ANGELS is a sprawling and epic family saga helmed by patriarch Big Angel that takes place over the weekend of the final birthday party he is throwing for himself at home in San Diego, occasioned by his imminent death at the hands of that familiar killer cancer. But when Big Angel's mother Mama America passes as the party nears, he must plan her funeral as well, and so decides to throw two family affairs in one weekend: a farewell double-header. Among the attendants is his namesake Little Angel, who flies in from Seattle to pay his respects and say his goodbyes, and comes face to face with the people with whom he shared a parent but as the weekend proceeds to remind him, not a life. This is the story of Big Angel and Little Angel, of what it means to be a Mexican in America, to have lived two lives across one border - and about the ravaging power of death to shore up the bits of life you have forgotten, whether by choice or not. A finely wrought portrait of this deeply complex family, THE HOUSE OF BROKEN ANGELS is purely Urrean: teeming with brilliance and humor, authentic at every turn - this novel cements Urrea as a master truth-teller of the Mexican-American experience.

The House of Broken Angels (Hardcover): Luis Alberto Urrea The House of Broken Angels (Hardcover)
Luis Alberto Urrea 1
R450 R367 Discovery Miles 3 670 Save R83 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Epic . . . Rambunctious . . . Highly entertaining' New York Times 'All we do, mija, is love. Love is the answer. Nothing stops it. Not borders. Not death.' In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel de La Cruz, affectionately called Big Angel, has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. But as the party approaches, his mother, nearly one hundred, dies, transforming the weekend into a farewell doubleheader. Among the guests is Big Angel's half brother, known as Little Angel, who must reckon with the truth that although he shares a father with his siblings, he has not, as a half gringo, shared a life. Across two bittersweet days in their San Diego neighbourhood, the revellers mingle among the palm trees and cacti, celebrating the lives of Big Angel and his mother, and recounting the many inspiring tales that have passed into family lore, the acts both ordinary and heroic that brought these citizens to a fraught and sublime country and allowed them to flourish in the land they have come to call home. Timely, exuberant and moving, The House of Broken Angels, which was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award, is Luis Alberto Urrea's long-overdue UK debut.

The House of Broken Angels (Standard format, CD, Library Edition): Luis Alberto Urrea The House of Broken Angels (Standard format, CD, Library Edition)
Luis Alberto Urrea
R778 R692 Discovery Miles 6 920 Save R86 (11%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Hummingbird's Daughter (Paperback, 1st Back Bay pbk. ed): Luis Alberto Urrea The Hummingbird's Daughter (Paperback, 1st Back Bay pbk. ed)
Luis Alberto Urrea
R362 R298 Discovery Miles 2 980 Save R64 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The prizewinning writer Luis Alberto Urrea's long-awaited novel is an epic mystical drama of a young woman's sudden sainthood in late 19th-century Mexico.It is 1889, and civil war is brewing in Mexico. A 16-year-old girl, Teresita, illegitimate but beloved daughter of the wealthy and powerful rancher Don Tomas Urrea, wakes from the strangest dream--a dream that she has died. Only it was not a dream. This passionate and rebellious young woman has arisen from death with a power to heal--but it will take all her faith to endure the trials that await her and her family now that she has become the Saint of Cabora.THE HUMMINGBIRD?S DAUGHTER is a vast, hugely satisfying novel of love and loss, joy and pain. Two decades in the writing, this is the masterpiece that Luis Alberto Urrea has been building up to.

Underground America - Narratives of Undocumented Lives (Paperback): Peter Orner Underground America - Narratives of Undocumented Lives (Paperback)
Peter Orner; Foreword by Luis Alberto Urrea
R407 Discovery Miles 4 070 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Millions of immigrants risk deportation and imprisonment by living in the US without legal status. They are living underground, with little protection from exploitation at the hands of human smugglers, employers, or law enforcement. Underground America presents the remarkable oral histories of men and women struggling to carve a life for themselves in the US.

The Red Caddy - Into the Unknown with Edward Abbey (Paperback): Charles Bowden The Red Caddy - Into the Unknown with Edward Abbey (Paperback)
Charles Bowden; Foreword by Luis Alberto Urrea
R338 R290 Discovery Miles 2 900 Save R48 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A passionate advocate for preserving wilderness and fighting the bureaucratic and business forces that would destroy it, Edward Abbey (1927-1989) wrote fierce, polemical books such as Desert Solitaire and The Monkey Wrench Gang that continue to inspire environmental activists. In this eloquent memoir, his friend and fellow desert rat Charles Bowden reflects on Abbey the man and the writer, offering up thought-provoking, contrarian views of the writing life, literary reputations, and the perverse need of critics to sum up "what he really meant and whether any of it was truly up to snuff." The Red Caddy is the first literary biography of Abbey in a generation. Refusing to turn him into a desert guru, Bowden instead recalls the wild man in a red Cadillac convertible for whom liberty was life. He describes how Desert Solitaire paradoxically "launched thousands of maniacs into the empty ground" that Abbey wanted to protect, while sealing his literary reputation and overshadowing the novels that Abbey considered his best books. Bowden also skewers the cottage industry that has grown up around Abbey's writing, smoothing off its rougher (racist, sexist) edges while seeking "anecdotes, little intimacies . . . pieces of the True Beer Can or True Old Pickup Truck." Asserting that the real essence of Abbey will always remain unknown and unknowable, The Red Caddy still catches gleams of "the fire that from time to time causes a life to become a conflagration."

The Water Museum - Stories (Hardcover): Luis Alberto Urrea The Water Museum - Stories (Hardcover)
Luis Alberto Urrea
R497 R420 Discovery Miles 4 200 Save R77 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From one of America's preeminent literary voices comes a new story collection that proves once again why the writing of Luis Alberto Urrea has been called "wickedly good" (Kansas City Star), "cinematic and charged" (Cleveland Plain Dealer), and "studded with delights" (Chicago Tribune). Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Urrea reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Suffused with wanderlust, compassion, and no small amount of rock and roll, THE WATER MUSEUM is a collection that confirms Luis Alberto Urrea as an American master.

In Search of Snow - A Novel (Paperback, Univ of Arizona PR ed.): Luis Alberto Urrea In Search of Snow - A Novel (Paperback, Univ of Arizona PR ed.)
Luis Alberto Urrea
R377 R355 Discovery Miles 3 550 Save R22 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the hot Arizona desert of the late 1950s, Mike McGurk comes of age in one big, riotous gush. Trapped pumping gas at a desolate roadstop, he yearns for things he has never known: love, hope, and the soft, white calmness of snow. Mike's world is filled with a menagerie of quirky characters, who cope with the weight of their unfulfilled dreams with bravado, humor, and violence. Mike trades snappy insults with his macho father, Texaco Turk McGurk, a moustachioed amateur boxer and self-proclaimed war hero who is unable to talk about love. Mike lusts after Lily, his seductive, poem-writing cousin. He cowers before and then confronts the vicious Ramses, grandson of Mr. Sneezy, the wisecracking Apache. And he is rescued by his best friend, Bobo, who delivers him into the care of the loving and generous Mama and Papa Garcia. "In Search of Snow" is an explosive coming-of-age adventure, full of hilarious episodes and still, poignant moments. Like a blue-collar Don Quixote, Mike must blow up his windmills before he can set off to find the things he lacks, especially the snow that will temper the passion he has just set aflame.

La Casa de Los Angeles Rotos (Spanish, Paperback): Luis Alberto Urrea La Casa de Los Angeles Rotos (Spanish, Paperback)
Luis Alberto Urrea
R473 Discovery Miles 4 730 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Buried Sea - New and Selected Poems (Paperback): Rane Arroyo The Buried Sea - New and Selected Poems (Paperback)
Rane Arroyo; Foreword by Luis Alberto Urrea
R513 R475 Discovery Miles 4 750 Save R38 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A poem is a living library, a hospitable planet in black space, a bell waiting to wear the music of motion across stilled lands. Writers are the carriers of the voices around us. We are writers and readers in dark times when words are correctly understood as powerful weapons. aFrom the Introduction Reading Rane Arroyoas poems is a little like watching a movie playing at fastforward speed on the TV in your darkened bedroom. The colors pop and snap, the images leap and recede, the colors seem brighter than lifeaand you canat stop watching even long enough to blink. Itas an intimate experience. Even at hyperspeed you can make out the images of friends, family, and lovers (especially lovers) burning rubber across the unblinking screen. And even without a sound track, you can hear the musicaa symphony of jazz and samba, salsa and street sounds. In The Buried Sea, Arroyo has selected poems from his first eleven booksafive full-length collections of poems and six chapbooksaand has added nineteen new poems. When asked to describe himself, Arroyo writes that athe answer is easy: Iam a Puerto Rican, gay, Midwestern, educated, former working class, liberal, atheistic, humanist, American, male, ex-Mormon, ex-Catholic, pseudo-Buddhist, teacher, reader, global, and popular cultureainformed poet.a Readers will find traces of all of these selves in this collection. And Arroyo does make it aeasya to follow the clues. His poemsavivacious, sexy, shiny, sly, pointed, ambitiousaare easy to approach and easy to love. But they come with strings attachedalike all affairs of the heartaand therein lies so much of their pleasure.

Into The Beautiful North - A Novel (Hardcover): Luis Alberto Urrea Into The Beautiful North - A Novel (Hardcover)
Luis Alberto Urrea
R597 R504 Discovery Miles 5 040 Save R93 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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 an irresistible young woman's quest to find herself on both sides of the fence."

La Hija De La Chuparrosa (Spanish, Paperback): Luis Alberto Urrea La Hija De La Chuparrosa (Spanish, Paperback)
Luis Alberto Urrea
R474 R408 Discovery Miles 4 080 Save R66 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Discover an epic historical novel of a young saint escaping death from Pulitzer Prize finalist Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The House of Broken Angels. This historical novel is based on Urrea's real great-aunt Teresita, who had healing powers and was acclaimed as a saint. Urrea has researched historical accounts and family records for years to get an accurate story.

By the Lake of Sleeping Children - The Secret Life of the Mexican Border (Paperback, New): Luis Alberto Urrea, John... By the Lake of Sleeping Children - The Secret Life of the Mexican Border (Paperback, New)
Luis Alberto Urrea, John Lueders-Booth
R318 R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Save R22 (7%) Out of stock

Luis Alberto Urrea's first book, Across the Wire: Life and Hard Times on the Mexican Border, was a haunting and unprecedented look at what life is like for those living on the Mexican side of the border, eking out only the barest of lives not far from the white sands and coral reefs of Southern California. His poignant, widely acclaimed account of the struggle of these people to survive amid the abject poverty, unsanitary living conditions, and legal and political chaos that reign in the Mexican borderlands vividly illustrated why so many are forced to make the treacherous and illegal journey "across the wire" into the United States. Written with the same unflagging curiosity, compassion, mordant wit, and novelistic sense of detail that made Across the Wire "a work of investigative reporting that is also a bittersweet song of human anguish" (Los Angeles Times), By the Lake of Sleeping Children explores the post-NAFTA and Proposition 187 border purgatory of garbage pickers and dump dwellers, gawking tourists and relief workers, fearsome coyotes and their desperate clientele. In sixteen indelible portraits, Urrea illuminates the horrors and the simple joys of people trapped between the two worlds of Mexico and the United States - and ignored by both. The result is a startling and memorable work of first-person reportage.

Queen of America (Standard format, CD, Library Edition): Luis Alberto Urrea Queen of America (Standard format, CD, Library Edition)
Luis Alberto Urrea
R1,846 R1,593 Discovery Miles 15 930 Save R253 (14%) Out of stock
The House of Broken Angels (Standard format, CD, Library Edition): Luis Alberto Urrea The House of Broken Angels (Standard format, CD, Library Edition)
Luis Alberto Urrea
R2,037 R1,750 Discovery Miles 17 500 Save R287 (14%) Out of stock
Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush (Paperback): Luis Alberto Urrea Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush (Paperback)
Luis Alberto Urrea; Illustrated by Christopher Cardinale
R363 R294 Discovery Miles 2 940 Save R69 (19%) Out of stock

Mr. Mendoza, Mexico's self-described king of graffiti, blesses the small town of Rosario with his sardonic wit. "Deflate your pomp or float away " he paints on the body of an unexpectedly exhumed monk. "No intelligent life for 100 kilometers," he proclaims on the sign that announces Rosario's boundaries.
The residents of Rosario tolerate or enjoy Mr. Mendoza's commentary as best they can. But the town goes crazy when Mendoza announces--on the side of a pig--"Mendoza goes to heaven on Tuesday." Each new declaration from Mendoza drives speculation about his future. Suicide? Cancer? Syphillis? All the theories were in play until the Tuesday when Mendoza transformed his life with art.
"Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush" was originally written as a short story by Luis Alberto Urrea, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for "The Devil's Highway" and an Edgar Award winner for his short story "Amapola." It was published in 2002 as part of his collection "Six Kinds of Sky." Artist Christopher Cardinale, whose graphic essays have appeared in the seminal magazines "World War III" and "Punk Planet," adapted the short story to the graphic novel form.
And critics are raving about the outcome. "The Bloomsbury Review" says, ""Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush" is a rich gift, an off-center, enigmatic tale with a well-coupled balance of narration and art. Urrea and Cardinale are a 'match made in heaven.'" And "Publishers Weekly" adds that "this lovely comics adaptation...may have found the ideal way to present magical realism graphically."

The House of Broken Angels (Large print, Hardcover, Large type / large print edition): Luis Alberto Urrea The House of Broken Angels (Large print, Hardcover, Large type / large print edition)
Luis Alberto Urrea
R756 Discovery Miles 7 560 Out of stock
The Water Museum - Stories (Standard format, CD, Library Edition): Luis Alberto Urrea The Water Museum - Stories (Standard format, CD, Library Edition)
Luis Alberto Urrea
R677 R606 Discovery Miles 6 060 Save R71 (10%) Out of stock
The Water Museum Lib/E - Stories (Standard format, CD, Library Edition): Luis Alberto Urrea The Water Museum Lib/E - Stories (Standard format, CD, Library Edition)
Luis Alberto Urrea
R1,486 R1,288 Discovery Miles 12 880 Save R198 (13%) Out of stock
Queen of America (Paperback): Luis Alberto Urrea Queen of America (Paperback)
Luis Alberto Urrea
R235 R188 Discovery Miles 1 880 Save R47 (20%) Out of stock

After the bloody Tomochic rebellion, Teresita Urrea, beloved healer and 'Saint of Cabora,' flees with her father to Arizona. But their plans are derailed when she once again is claimed as the spiritual leader of the Mexican Revolution. Besieged by pilgrims and pursued by assassins, Teresita embarks on a journey through turn-of-the-century industrial America-New York, San Francisco, St. Louis. She meets immigrants and tycoons, European royalty and Cuban poets, all waking to the new American century. And as she decides what her own role in this modern future will be, she must ask herself: can a saint fall in love? At turns heartbreaking, uplifting, and riotously funny, QUEEN OF AMERICA reconfirms Luis Alberto Urrea's status as a writer of the first rank.

The Hummingbird's Daughter (Hardcover): Luis Alberto Urrea The Hummingbird's Daughter (Hardcover)
Luis Alberto Urrea
R250 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R50 (20%) Out of stock

When sixteen-year-old Teresita, the illegitimate and beloved daughter of a powerful late-nineteenth-century rancher, arises from death possessing the power to heal, she is declared a saint and finds her family and faith tested by the impending Mexican civil war. By the author of The Devil's Highway.

Bordertown - The Odyssey of an American Place (Hardcover): Benjamin Heber Johnson, Jeffrey Gusky Bordertown - The Odyssey of an American Place (Hardcover)
Benjamin Heber Johnson, Jeffrey Gusky; Foreword by Luis Alberto Urrea
R570 R449 Discovery Miles 4 490 Save R121 (21%) Out of stock

An evocative portrayal of a remote place that offers a whole new way of looking at the U.S.-Mexico border Mexico and America have met for eight generations on their shared border. In this compelling book, photographer Jeffrey Gusky and historian Benjamin Johnson capture this encounter through their mesmerizing portrayal of Roma, Texas. European culture left its mark here, but it was brought by mixed-race, Spanish-speaking pioneers who practiced Muslim irrigation techniques and believed that they were descended from Jews. Triumphant American armies made this region part of the United States, but the descendants of those they conquered have fought in every American conflict from the Civil War to Iraq. Racial strife divided this land, but slaves gained freedom by fleeing south to Mexico and Hispanics reacquired wealth and power by buying out Anglos. Although today the area is one of the poorest in the United States, the fortune that founded Citibank was made here and the town has inspired such authors as John Steinbeck and Larry McMurtry. In a time when the border is a source of controversy and division, Johnson's unexpected stories and Gusky's haunting photographs demonstrate how deeply the story of the border is also the story of America itself.

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