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Giveaway: Into the Beautiful North

March 24, 2009


I ended up with 2 ARCs of Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea, so I’m giving one away!  Please note that since it is an ARC (the book will be published on May 19), the cover looks different than the one above.  I haven’t read it yet, but here’s the description:

Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who left the family to work in the USA.  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.

Luis Alberto Urrea has won numerous  awards and written several books, including The Hummingbird’s Daughter and The Devil’s Highway.

To enter,  simply leave a comment on this post.  Contest is open to US and Canadian residents only (no PO Boxes, please).  I will use to determine the winner.  Contest ends at midnight EST, Tuesday, March 31, 2009.  Winners will be announced on Wednesday April 1, 2009.

80 Comments leave one →
  1. March 24, 2009 7:14 am

    While I am unfamiliar with the author – this book sounds very interesting. I would love to be entered into the drawing. Thank you!

  2. March 24, 2009 8:15 am

    I LOVED Hummingbird’s Daughter. LOVED it. I would love to get this one 🙂

  3. March 24, 2009 8:40 am

    Don’t enter me, but I can’t wait to read this.

  4. March 24, 2009 8:47 am

    I’d love to win this one! Thanks 🙂

  5. Melanie permalink
    March 24, 2009 8:55 am

    Enter me. Thanks:)

  6. March 24, 2009 9:24 am

    The whole concept of a village with no men and needing to recruit men, just to defend said village is intriguing. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks! Indigo

  7. March 24, 2009 9:45 am

    It sounds interesting. I’d like a chance to win.

  8. stacybuckeye permalink
    March 24, 2009 9:51 am

    This books sounds intriguing. Please sign me up.

  9. bridget3420 permalink
    March 24, 2009 9:52 am

    Please include me:)

  10. March 24, 2009 10:05 am

    Please enter me! Thanks 🙂

  11. March 24, 2009 10:09 am

    Oooo…I’d love to read this one. Please enter me. Thanks.

  12. March 24, 2009 10:14 am

    Hi! I’ve posted this on Win A Book. Don’t enter me in the contest.

  13. March 24, 2009 10:16 am

    Sounds interesting – I’d love to be entered. Thanks!

  14. March 24, 2009 10:24 am

    Interesting concept. I’d love a chance to win. Thank you!

  15. March 24, 2009 10:34 am

    I have never heard of the author before this but the book definitely sounds interesting.. it would qualify for the Orbis Terrarum Challenge right? Do enter me! I would love to win this book!:)


  16. Vanessa D permalink
    March 24, 2009 10:48 am

    This sounds so interesting – please enter me in the giveaway.

  17. Karina Worlton permalink
    March 24, 2009 10:49 am

    I would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance!

  18. March 24, 2009 11:09 am

    I loved Hummingbird’s Daughter and this one looks good too! Thanks for the chance to win!

    saz AT chainreader DOT com

  19. March 24, 2009 11:22 am

    This sounds like a winner to me. Please enter me in the contest. Thanks!


  20. Cheryl S. permalink
    March 24, 2009 11:28 am

    Would love to read this book – please count me in!


  21. March 24, 2009 11:35 am

    I’d love to be entered Kathy.
    bj19662001 (at) yahoo (dot) ca

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  22. March 24, 2009 11:38 am

    Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance! 🙂

    writing.meg [at]

  23. March 24, 2009 11:52 am

    Oh, Urrea is amazing, I would love to get my hands on this one!!! THANKS so much for hosting this 🙂 I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

  24. March 24, 2009 11:57 am

    I haven’t heard of this one before, but it sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. Carol permalink
    March 24, 2009 12:02 pm

    Sounds interesting. I would love to be entered. Thanks.

  26. March 24, 2009 12:26 pm

    Sounds like a fun book. Please enter me in the give-a-way.

  27. Amber G permalink
    March 24, 2009 12:40 pm

    This book sounds mesmerizing. I am also adding The Devil’s Highway and The Hummingbird’s Daughter to my list of books to read!

  28. Teresa W permalink
    March 24, 2009 12:47 pm

    I’m always looking for new authors to read, count me in!

  29. March 24, 2009 12:49 pm

    Can’t say I have heard of this one before, but is sounds interesting.
    Throw my hat in the ring too please!

  30. March 24, 2009 12:54 pm

    that sounds fascinating!

  31. March 24, 2009 12:59 pm

    This sounds really interesting. And while the ARC has a different cover I really think the cover pictured is lovely (= Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

  32. March 24, 2009 1:02 pm

    Please enter me. I would love a chance to win. Thanks

  33. March 24, 2009 1:20 pm

    That sounds like a great premise!

  34. March 24, 2009 1:24 pm

    I would love to be entered into this drawing! Thanks!

    kherbrand at comcast dot net

  35. Becky permalink
    March 24, 2009 1:36 pm

    Please enter me into your giveaway.

    Thanks so much!

    dbkagrayson2002 at gmail dot com

  36. March 24, 2009 2:21 pm

    Very interesting dynamic taking place in Mexico and it sounds like his book takes an interesting slice at that. Put my name in the hat for this one. I’d love to read it.

  37. March 24, 2009 2:21 pm

    This sounds really good. Please enter me. Thanks!

  38. March 24, 2009 2:38 pm

    I’ve had Hummingbird’s Daughter on my tbr list for a while now. I would love to read this book if you would enter me please. Thank you.

  39. March 24, 2009 3:19 pm

    The premise of the book does make some sense doesn’t it, with all the Mexican immigrants coming to the States. Should be an interesting story.

  40. March 24, 2009 3:42 pm

    Oh, I have been aching to read this one! Please add me!

    nancytoes (at) bellsouth (dot) net

  41. Carol M permalink
    March 24, 2009 3:53 pm

    I’ve never read this author. I would love to start with this book. It sounds good! Thank you!
    mittens0831 AT

  42. March 24, 2009 4:22 pm

    I’m interested! Please enter me. Thank you, Care

  43. March 24, 2009 4:22 pm

    Would love to win this one!! Please add my name. Thank you!

  44. alirambles permalink
    March 24, 2009 4:53 pm

    Sweet giveaway, thanks! This looks like my kind of book.

  45. Lori Barnes permalink
    March 24, 2009 5:03 pm

    I am not familier with this author, but sounds like a very interesting story! would like to be entered in this contest.

  46. March 24, 2009 5:29 pm

    This sounds different but interesting.

  47. March 24, 2009 6:00 pm

    The cover is beautiful and the blurb sounds really interesting. Please enter me in this giveaway.

    Thanks 🙂

    ~ Popin

  48. March 24, 2009 6:27 pm

    This sounds great, please enter me!


    nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

  49. March 24, 2009 7:15 pm

    Well, that’s a clever and ambitious plot! I’d love to read the book and see how we plan goes.

  50. amandasue permalink
    March 24, 2009 7:21 pm

    I’d love a chance to read this, thanks.

  51. Sharon Walling permalink
    March 24, 2009 7:22 pm

    Sounds very interesting. Please enter me.

  52. Debbie permalink
    March 24, 2009 7:54 pm

    Please include me in your giveaway.

  53. March 24, 2009 8:25 pm

    Sounds neat. Reminds me a little of Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon by Dean Bakopoulos for some reason.

  54. March 24, 2009 10:36 pm

    It sounds fantastic, I’d love to read it!

  55. Beth permalink
    March 24, 2009 11:14 pm

    Sounds like a book I would like. Please enter me.

  56. March 25, 2009 12:05 am

    Wow, I would love to be entered into your giveaway! Thanks! 🙂

    By the way, I have given you an award! Come by and pick it up when you can!

  57. March 25, 2009 1:22 am

    I would love to win this one. I blogged about it here:

  58. March 25, 2009 5:30 am

    I read international authors. Would love to include this one.

  59. March 25, 2009 1:36 pm

    Please include me in the drawing

  60. March 25, 2009 2:26 pm

    the cover is very cool and looks interesting!!

  61. March 25, 2009 6:13 pm

    I think this would be a really interesting book.

  62. March 26, 2009 1:36 am

    I’d like to enter! 🙂


  63. March 26, 2009 6:22 am

    This sounds great!

  64. Anita Yancey permalink
    March 26, 2009 8:16 am

    Sounds like a great story. Love to read it. Please enter me. Thanks!

  65. March 26, 2009 3:04 pm

    Hey, this is the reverse of one of my favourite musicals, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”.

    Into the Beautiful North sounds like a wonderful read, please enter my name for a chance to win.


  66. March 26, 2009 5:31 pm

    Though it’s not a book on food, I still want to read it. Please enter me!

  67. ruth permalink
    March 26, 2009 9:43 pm

    This novel sounds fascinating. Thanks for this great giveaway.

  68. March 26, 2009 10:47 pm

    What an interesting premise. I’m going to have to put this on my wishlist if I don’t win.

  69. Nan permalink
    March 27, 2009 1:13 pm

    I can always read another book!

  70. March 28, 2009 10:28 am

    Luis Alberto Urrea paints beautiful scenes and creates characters so compelling in his books. I have Hummingbird’s Daughter – and would love to read about Nayeli. Please enter me in this drawing for Into the Beautiful North, thank you!

  71. March 28, 2009 2:35 pm

    I would love to win this book. I have heard of Urrea’s writing, but haven’t read any of his books before.

    akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

  72. Jackie B. permalink
    March 28, 2009 3:04 pm

    Count me in. I would like a chance at winning this one.

  73. March 28, 2009 11:18 pm

    This looks good – I’d love to win it 🙂 Thanks!

  74. March 29, 2009 9:10 am

    The book does sound very interesting. I would love to read it. Mexico is in the news so often lately.

  75. March 30, 2009 12:45 pm

    What a great book – It sounds like it would be quite an adventure. 🙂

    Please include me. ~ Wendi

    wbarker at

  76. March 30, 2009 5:05 pm

    I would love a chance to win this book…please enter me.

  77. andria permalink
    March 31, 2009 8:37 am

    Sounds interesting. Thanks for the chance.

  78. March 31, 2009 1:34 pm

    I would love a copy!

  79. March 31, 2009 4:56 pm

    How did I miss this? Thank goodness for your Tweeted reminder 🙂

    Yes, please enter my name in your giveaway!

  80. June 16, 2009 7:52 am

    I think you did the book justice, making it sound intriguing. Please include me in the giveaway.

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