I'd say people are very much accurate when they describe El Norte as Americanized more than Mexicanized. I myself come from Coahuila. I spent my first 17 years there, my family still live there and I go frequently (I'll visit in a couple of weeks). There is a whole history of closer attachment to the US, in many respects, than to the rest of Mexico, although the point shouldn't be too stressed.
I'll order my copy of "Look Homeward, Angel", ASAP. And yes, let's squeeze the next Trollope between Wolfe and Eco.
Joffre, I also hope your mess is not too big!
: Here's the map I saw some years ago:
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