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Into the Beautiful North
The touching and comic story takes place along the Mexico-U.S. border

Know that special feeling of joy that comes when you discover someone likes the same book as you? (It?s like finding another GoT fan, except a million times more rare.)

Now you can get that feeling all over Los Angeles with The Big Read, an annual city-organized series of free-for-everyone book discussions--along with related film, music and even farmers? market events.

This year?s read: Into the Beautiful North, by Luis Alberto Urrea, is a sweet-funny quest novel inspired by the classic John Sturges Western film The Magnificent Seven, in which gunslingers fend off a bandit. In this retelling, plucky 19-year-old Nayeli?s Mexican village is threatened by narco-terrorists, and the men have all left town to find work in the United States.

The book?s a page-turner, and we?re looking forward to showing up at the discussions--even a showing of The Magnificent Seven--which start March 29 and run through April in public libraries. We can?t wait to find fresh perspectives and maybe some new friends who love a good story.

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