The Water Museum

The Water Museum

Luis Alberto Urrea / Jul 22, 2019

The Water Museum NAMED NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR by Washington Post BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR Kirkus Reviews NPR Men s JournalA new short story collection from Luis Alberto Urrea bestselling author of The Hummingbird

  • Title: The Water Museum
  • Author: Luis Alberto Urrea
  • ISBN: 9780316334372
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Hardcover
  • NAMED NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR by Washington Post, BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR Kirkus Reviews, NPR, Men s JournalA new short story collection from Luis Alberto Urrea, bestselling author of The Hummingbird s Daughter and The Devil s Highway From one of America s preeminent literary voices comes a new story collection that proves once again why the writing of Luis Alberto UrreNAMED NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR by Washington Post, BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR Kirkus Reviews, NPR, Men s JournalA new short story collection from Luis Alberto Urrea, bestselling author of The Hummingbird s Daughter and The Devil s Highway From one of America s preeminent literary voices comes a new story collection that proves once again why the writing of Luis Alberto Urrea has been called wickedly good Kansas City Star , cinematic and charged Cleveland Plain Dealer , and studded with delights Chicago Tribune Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Urrea reveals his mastery of the short form This collection includes the Edgar award winning Amapola and his now classic Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses, which had the honor of being chosen for NPR s Selected Shorts not once but twice Suffused with wanderlust, compassion, and no small amount of rock and roll, THE WATER MUSEUM is a collection that confirms Luis Alberto Urrea as an American master.

    Museum of Water by Amy Sharrocks, London UK Museum of Water is a collection of publicly donated water and accompanying stories This is an invitation to ponder our precious liquid and how we use it Water Mill Museum Closed for the Winter Restoration Work in Progress Installation of New Metal Roof is Underway Aerial Photos taken from Drone by Joanna Steidle Water Ways Museum on Main Street ThinkWater, MyWaterStory The Smithsonian s Water Ways exhibition dives into water an essential component of life on our planet, environmentally, culturally, and historically. In societies across the globe, water serves as a source of peace and contemplation Many faiths revere water as a sacred symbol. Waterworks Museum Water is Kind of a Big Deal The Waterworks Museum interprets unique stories of one of the country s first metropolitan water systems through exhibitions and educational programs on London Museum of Water Steam In the Grand Junction Water Works Company GJWWC opened a new pumping station at Chelsea taking water from the Thames. The Playhouse at Museum Village Creative Theatre Muddy We re glad you stopped by Creative Theatre Muddy Water Players CTMWP is proud to operate The Playhouse at Museum Village located at State Route M in Monroe, NY.Our main season typically runs from May to November, when we present three major productions, each complimented by our famous dessert at intermission, and a special fourth production to end our year. Civil Defense Museum Community Fallout Shelter Supplies Cold War Era Civil Defense Museum Community Fallout Shelter Supplies Water Drums On Water Experiences Michigan Maritime Museum On Water Experiences The Michigan Maritime Museum offers a variety of on water experiences, providing great adventures for the whole family All boat rides include Museum admission. Water Lilies Monet series Water Lilies or Nymphas, French is a series of approximately oil paintings by French Impressionist Claude Monet The paintings depict his flower garden at his home in Giverny, and were the main focus of his artistic production during the last thirty years of his life.Many of the works were painted while Monet suffered from cataracts. Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum Hayward The Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame is the international headquarters for education, recognition and promotion of fresh water sportfishing Our mission is to develop and maintain the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and its museum for the preservation and display of historical artifacts of fresh water

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      • Luis Alberto Urrea

        Luis Alberto Urrea is the award winning author of 13 books, including The Hummingbird s Daughter, The Devil s Highway and Into the Beautiful North May 2009 Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, Luis has used the theme of borders, immigration and search for love and belonging throughout his work A Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005 nonfiction , he s won the Kiriyama Prize 2006 , the Lannan Award 2002 , an American Book Award 1999 and was named to the Latino Literary Hall of Fame He is a creative writing professor at the University of Illinois Chicago and lives with his family in the burbs dreaming of returning West soon.


    111 Comments

    1. What a wonderful use of language to express emotions and setting this author has. Sympathetic characters all, trying but failing to push back against cultural boundaries. Loved the first story, Mountains without numbers. There is something so melancholy and realistic about this one. Scenes like this are probably happening in dying towns all over America, people stuck in their lives remembering when their lives seemed much fuller.Loved to Mr Mendoza, with his use of humor and magical realism, onc [...]


    2. "So this was New Year's Day. This was sunlight. Seventy-eight degrees. This was the sound of the barrio awakening from the party: doves mourning the passing of night, pigeons in the dead palm trees chuckling amid rattling fronds, the mockingbird doing car alarm and church bell iterations in Big Angel's olive trees in front of the house. Junior pulled the pillow over his head — it was those kids with their Big Wheels making all that noise."--UrreaI am proud to say Luis Urrea is a friend and col [...]


    3. For whatever reason, when I started this book of short stories I was not 100% focused. I could tell the writing was excellent, but the stories just weren't grabbing me. It was the audible version, this happens to me sometimes. However, along came the eponymous story, and I realized that this was brilliant in every way. Very timely and moving. The final story: Bid Farewell to her Many Horses, may have made me cry.SoI started reading them again in reverse order back to the beginning. They are so m [...]


    4. I devoured this book and want to go back and take my time going through it again, letting each story linger with its beauty and its insight. There is a common thread tying these pieces together - how we care for, or don't care for, each other, including the way in which we use this planet and how that may look down the road. As someone who lives in a drought state, "The Water Museum" has been hard to shake.These stories are beautiful not because of flowery language or happy endings, though Urrea [...]


    5. urrea should be the mega million seller of books he's written,not some dead hackish lady, or some uk twat and her owls and stuff was a delight to revisit (some of these stories were in his first book Six Kinds of Sky: A Collection of Short Fiction ) mr. mendoza and his biting paint brush graffito in our rural and dying mexican town, and the professor and the indian somewhere in southeast wyoming shooting the dear wife's already dead volvo. plus too there are stories taken from previous published [...]


    6. Short stories aren't my favorite books to read. I'm working on a reading list, where reading a collection of short stories is required. I chose this one because I've read this author before and liked his style. I really enjoyed the first two stories in this book. I was thrilled that I was actually liking it, that is when it started unraveling for me. I didn't enjoy the rest of them as much. But I loved the writing. I like how he addresses cultural differences and how life is as an illegal in Am [...]


    7. Luis Alberto Urrea's new book, The Water Museum, is extraordinarily well timed. As California undergoes the "mega-drought" it is a fitting reference to dry places where water is hard won. Urrea shares the story of those that live in these water-scarce lands. Perhaps a few years ago, these concepts may seem foreign to many readers, but now many more can make the connection here. Some of these short stories are continuations of themes found in Urrea's previous work Into the Beautiful North, but mo [...]


    8. What a terrific collection and Urrea does an excellent job narrating. Looking forward to meeting him, at Booktopia Petoskey.


    9. Can I have special dispensation to give this book seven stars instead of just five? I finished the Water Museum last night. I had bought it some time ago ( I think I pre-ordered) from Audible. I LOVE his work, but I especially love it when he is reading it, and yet because I am not a fan of short stories, AT ALL, I'd not started it, until I saw that the book had put Urrea and this book into the short list, the top five for the PEN/Faulkner. Then I binge read (listened) to the 13 stories and love [...]


    10. This book of short stories "grew" on me as I became more familiar with author's style. I did wish that I knew more about Spanish and the Mexican culture. I think I would have gotten even more out of it if I had. Different stories had me crying or laughing out loud. Always a good sign.



    11. I'm sitting in the catbird seat. Late to the party, having never read anything by Luis Alberto Urrea before, I now have a trove of his novels, stories, poetry and nonfiction to look forward to!It wasn't love at first sight. His stark story, "Mountains Without Number," the first in his new collection, "The Water Museum," didn't seduce me. It's the story of a dying town near Idaho Falls, all the young people have wisely moved away and the remaining aged residents meet up at the diner each morning [...]


    12. "Urrea's writing is wickedly good." That's a blurb from the jacket of one of his books. For some reason it has stayed with me. This is one of my favorite writers. I think the first work of his that I read was The Hummingbird's Daughter. I loved it. It's a fictionalized account of the life of Urrea's actual great-aunt Teresita. He researched historical records and family accounts for years before he had it all down in print. It is story telling at its best.Urrea is not only a novelist. He writes [...]


    13. Urrea is the Mark Twain of El Norte, a shrewd, skeptical observer of life who is not afraid to turn over the rocks to find what lurks beneath, and yet can find humor in the darkest places. (Viva El Atomico!) Toss in a steaming side of H.L. Menken and you have the most astute and talented chronicler of the living history of his people and the lands they inhabit. Here he ventures further afield to include ecology and another cultural collision, this between Natives and whites. If you are not in te [...]


    14. Book, it's not you, it's me! These stories were very compelling, well written, smart. Because I have met the author, I could almost hear him reading aloud. But, well, the failed American Dream has never been my favorite subject. So I give it 5 stars for quality and 2 stars for how much I identify with it.


    15. With his story collection The Water Museum, Luis Alberto Urrea displays truly wonderful writing at the sentence-level. These sentences link together to form moving narratives that ask important questions about race in America and what it means to be human. Impressive on all levels.



    16. Beautiful writing. But not the most interesting prose.Short stories don't always do it for me. Frankly, they can be hit or miss. Every now and then I like to read a new short story collection, and I've been pleasantly surprised with some. But with The Water Museum, I had a hard time staying interested in the stories. Perhaps it was too high caliber for me. Perhaps it was the fact that the short stories were somehow loosely connected to one another, a loose thread somewhere, but not enough to rea [...]


    17. Having been taught by Mr. Urrea in a recent workshop for writers, I know that the stories in this analogy reflect his true genius. National Public Radio nailed it when they said that he is a monster storyteller with a rock and roll heart. He loves that description. Every story in the Water Museum oozes with time, place, character and soul. Luis is a deeply feeling human being who can artfully tell a story from a true place in his compassionate heart. Even when he critiqued my work, he came from [...]


    18. Urrea's short stories read like poetry, full of elegant metaphors and exacting but unpretentious language. He also offers insight into a variety of contemporary Mexican-American archetypes and experiences.Then why 3 stars? Because the female characters that arise in his stories are one-dimensional and reduced to either background shrews or lauded exclusively for their physical attributes. I couldn't continue with this beautiful book after failing to encounter even one strong, complex woman.


    19. This was my "U" book from the library* - I am so glad I read it, it's fabulous. The stories and characters are engaging and the writing is lovely. Inspired me to seek out more Luis Alberto Urrea!*My "Library Challenge" is to choose books from the library alphabetically by author surname (A through Z, then back to A and start over). I have never abandoned a LC book, though have occasionally struggled. I have found SO MUCH awesome fiction that I never otherwise would have picked up.


    20. I really enjoyed a lot of these stories. I found the characters rich and complex and the settings familiar to one other so almost lingering in the background of each successive story but decidedly different. Lots of stories of loss and discontent all thoughtfully composed. Not sure that I fully understood the intention of the titled short story aside from the human connection to water, and the conflicting thought that those unexposed could seemingly fear that unknown?








    21. One thing I appreciated about this collection of short stories by Luis Urrea is that unlike many short story collections by the same author, there are differences in the stories. Here, the characters are of different ethnicities, income levels and geographic locations; the themes and narratives are different so you don't feel like you are reading the same story albeit with different twists throughout the collection."Mountains Without Number" is set in a small, rural Idaho town now bypassed by a [...]


    22. This is a brilliant collection of short stories, beautifully crafted and powerful. Urrea explores some of the topics he's best at -- the rift between white America and the people of color we have exploited rather than embraced, love and loss, and the wonder of the natural (and supernatural) world. He is a master of the craft of short story telling and satisfies something different with each one of the stories in this book.


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