John Hughes

John Hughes

In 2000, while struggling to complete his Ph.D. dissertation, John Hughes was hired as a bookseller at a family-owned, independent bookstore in La Jolla: Warwick’s. Discovering how much he loved sharing his passion for books with fellow avid readers, he happily stayed at Warwick’s, where he is now a book buyer. He spends much of his time outside of the store reading books. If he doesn’t have a book in his hands, then he is usually holding a wine glass, a cooking tool, or a deck of cards with which he practices and performs magic.

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A Moving Examination of Immigration Issues

Debate and finger-pointing and not-so-veiled racism over the U.S.–Mexico border question has already surfaced on the long, long road to the next presidential election. We can expect months of cringeworthy and often infuriating talk of deportation, drones, and walls. Those who have read Luis Alberto Urrea’s riveting nonfiction narrative, The Devil’s Highway, will certainly be struck by how many of the loud voices in the current debates lack any sense of the history, the all-too-frequent tragedies, and the social and political complexities of immigration. In the current political climate, reading Urrea’s masterpiece feels both urgent and necessary.

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