MSU Big Read

March 15-April 18, 2018

NEA Big Read logoJoin others in Lansing and beyond in reading Luís Alberto Urrea’s Into the Beautiful North as part of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read, a month-long program that aims to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. The Big Read kickoff is set for March 15, 2018, in the MSU Libraries. Activities throughout the month will include film screenings, discussion groups, and a public reading by the author.  

Free copies of Into the Beautiful North are available. Look for distribution sites where you see the Big Read banner.

Into the Beautiful North (2009)

Luís Alberto Urrea

woman with leaves on book cover

Nineteen-year-old Nayeli and her friends leave their small village in Sinaloa, Mexico, in search of the husbands, fathers, and brothers who left to work in the United States. Some, like Nayeli’s father, have not been heard from in years. In the meantime, the pueblo has become vulnerable to raids and ransoms by outlaw gangs. Nayeli’s group of friends, inspired by the John Sturges film, The Magnificent Seven, set off to the United States to find the village’s men and bring them home to protect the community. There are more than a few adventures, humor, and heartache along the way, as Urrea’s novel challenges stereotypes about Mexican migration while also depicting the deep sacrifices of leaving home.