Into the Beautiful North

Into the Beautiful North

A Novel

Book - 2009
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Grand Central Pub
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 Magníficos"--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.

Baker & Taylor
"Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US when she was young. 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 Magnâificos"--to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over."--Provided by publisher.

Blackwell North Amer
Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in the remote Mexican village of Tres Camarones and dreams about her father, who left for America years ago. Recently, it has dawned on Nayeli that he isn't the only man who has abandoned Tres Camarones. In fact, there are almost no men remaining - they've all gone north. This has also been noticed by a group of particularly nasty drug dealers, who, seeing an easy opportunity, plan to take over the town.
But at a showing of the movie The Magnificent Seven at the village's decrepit theater, Nayeli has a vision: she will go north and recruit a group of men to return to the village. She will bring back her own "Siete Magnificos" to protect - and repopulate - her home. She and her friends head out for America, gathering a wild group of allies for a journey into the strange and beautiful land of their dreams and fears, the mythical place into which their fathers vanished, Their destination: a small town in Illinois, where Nayeli hopes to discover her father, her warriors, and - if she's lucky - her destiny.

Hachette Book Group
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 Magníficos"--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.

Baker
& Taylor

Working in a Mexican taco shop while dreaming of the father who left their family to work in the United States, nineteen-year-old Nayeli struggles with a realization that most of the men in her village have left to pursue work in the north, a situation for which she endeavors to recruit seven men to repopulate her hometown and protect it from bandidos. Original.
Working in a Mexican taco shop while dreaming of the father who left their family to work in the United States, nineteen-year-old Nayeli struggles with a realization that most of the men in her village have left to pursue work in the north.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316025270
0316025275
Branch Call Number: FICTION URREA
Characteristics: 342 p. ; 24 cm

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m0mmyl00
Jul 04, 2017

Nayeli is 19 years old and lives in a small Mexican town that is peopled almost solely by women, old people, and thugs. She wants to "go everywhere and see everything," but her hopes of a life of excitement and adventure seem futile. Over the years, the men have all left for better futures in the United States. Nayeli's aunt, the mayor, hatches a plan to bring them back. Nayeli and her friends accept the mission and accomplish it with flying colors.

Into the Beautiful North is at the same time playful and sober. The characters are charming and believable -- Tacho the gay bar owner, Atomiko the Don Quixote-like trash heap king, Nayeli and her friends Yolo and Vampira. They are quirky and good-hearted and earnest.

This was a book I stumbled on in the library, and I enjoyed it very much.

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Wonder_Doug
Nov 01, 2016

I really enjoyed this book. While the situations in the book were a little ridiculous and over the top, it made it okay to overlook all that and just enjoy the characters. Their strength and perservearance made it worth reading. I also enjoyed the glimpses into the vast differences between life in Mexico and the U.S., both good and bad. The author isn't afraid to point out the ludicrous, but does so in such a benign fashion that it feels safe. I highly recommend this book.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 02, 2016

Into the Beautiful North was unlike any novel I’ve read before. It’s not easily classified. It felt like an award-winning piece of literature wrapped in a layer of teen fiction trying to pass itself off as a book for the general fiction crowd.

PimaLib_CinthiaT May 11, 2016

Precious book...it will stay with you forever. I have read it over and over again. Urrea has got a way of telling this story that moves you to the bone.

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Aquanblue
Jan 14, 2016

This book was so moving I went to find every book I could on this subject. It is beautifully written by Urrea, one of my favorite authors.

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ulana2001
Jun 25, 2015

A great read. It gives one an certain view of what it's like to grow up in a small Mexican village and why a young person might feel compelled to cross the dangerous border to the north.

PimaLib_MaryG May 06, 2015

It's hard to have a favorite among Urrea's works, but this is a contender. He captures the language so well.

mill01pj Jul 08, 2014

A zany story about illegal immigration that reveals many truths.

ChristchurchLib Sep 19, 2012

In recent years, the tiny Mexican village of Tres Camarones has been losing its men to the lure of good jobs in the U.S. Inspired by the film The Magnificent Seven, beautiful 19-year-old Nayeli decides to leave her home for "el Norte," where she plans to find and ultimately bring home seven men to repopulate and protect Tres Camarones. With encouragement from the women left behind and accompanied by three friends, Nayeli marches north (making it across the border on the second attempt), where she finds far more than she'd been looking for...

Listed in the Next Reads Fiction A to Z newsletter September 2012 http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=548707

LMcShaneCLE Jun 13, 2012

Enjoyed the characters and the somewhat far-fetched storyline. I think it is redeemed by some lyrical descriptions and real comprehension of the desperation on both sides of the border. Easily more of a young adult fiction title for promoting with first generation immigrants from Mexico.

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mill01pj Jul 08, 2014

A zany treatise on illegal immigration, it reflects many truths.

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