Monday, July 15, 2013

Emily Brady's six favorite books

Emily Brady was born and raised in Northern California. A graduate of Columbia University's School of Journalism, she has written for the New York Times, Time, the Village Voice and other publications. She has reported from Latin America, Europe, Asia and New York City and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Brady embedded in an insular community for a year to produce Humboldt: Life on America's Marijuana Frontier, her book-length portrait of a California region getting rich on marijuana farming.

One of Brady's six favorite books, as told to The Week magazine:
The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea

In haunting, lyrical language, Urrea digs deep into a tragedy: In 2001, 26 men attempted to cross illegally from Mexico into the U.S., and only 12 survived. Urrea's book explores what drove those men to walk across a desert in search of a better life, as well as the codependent relationship that binds two neighboring nations.
Read about the other books on Brady's list.

The Devil's Highway is one of Bill Streever's five top books on heat waves and hot places.

--Marshal Zeringue