The Border as Metaphor

Author Luis Alberto Urrea grew up along the border between US and Mexico, but his interpretation of the border was also shaped by his childhood.  He has an American mother and a Mexican father. Urrea is the author of several books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction.  The Devil’s Highway was a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist.  His latest book is a novel that’s based on a real challenge in small towns across Mexico – almost all of the young men now work in the United States. The fictional heroines of Into the Beautiful North are a group of young women who travel to the US to try to convince some young men to return home

Urrea says he sees the border as a division between people.  I interviewed him for All Things Considered on KUNM.

Into the Beautiful North

Right Of Thirst

Frank Huyler is an emergency room doctor at UNM Hospital and author. His new novel Right of Thirst is set in a middle eastern country and covers many real world issues like humanitarian aid and military conflict.

In an interview for KUNM, Huyler says not naming a specific country for the book was intentional so he could cover broad challenges

Sweet Nata

New Mexico has changed a lot since the 1950s- from new modern conveniences like electricity and telephones to greater acceptance of different languages and cultures. Some things, like the importance of family, remain the same.

Author Gloria Zamora looked back on her childhood in Mora and Corrales in her recently released memoir Sweet Nata.

Mexican Enough

Stephanie Elizondo Griest grew up in south Texas. Stephanie says she believes wanderlust is literally encoded in her DNA. In high school, a foreign correspondent for CNN told her to learn Russian. Her travels in Russia, China and Cuba were the basis for her first book – Around the Bloc.

In her latest book, Mexican Enough: My Life Between Borderlines, she not only explores her personal connections to Mexico, but offers a journalist’s view of events like the Oaxaca teacher’s strike and how immigration to the US has radically changed towns and villages throughout the county. Here’s our conversation for All Things Considered on KUNM: Mexican Enough