Ruben Martinez author of Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on The Migrant Trail ($14.00, Picador)

Chronicling a family that lost three sons to a border crossing gone horribly wrong, Martinez travels repeatedly from San Diego to the city of Cheron, drawing a wealth of social, ethnic, linguistic and economic nuance in completely absorbing narratives. Rubén Martínez is an associate editor at Pacific News Service and a contributor to PBS's Religion & Ethics Newsweekly. "Crossing Over is dark, brutal-- and brilliant. No other journalist could have written it; Martínez is truly our coyote." Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street "What begins as a work of journalism… ends up, like a work of literature, forcing us to wonder about ourselves." Richard Rodriguez, author of Days of Obligation

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