Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A.

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 6, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 262 pages
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The award-winning and bestselling classic memoir about a young Chicano gang member surviving the dangerous streets of East Los Angeles, now featuring a new introduction by the author.

Winner of the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, hailed as a New York Times notable book, and read by hundreds of thousands, Always Running is the searing true story of one man’s life in a Chicano gang—and his heroic struggle to free himself from its grip.

By age twelve, Luis Rodriguez was a veteran of East Los Angeles gang warfare. Lured by a seemingly invincible gang culture, he witnessed countless shootings, beatings, and arrests and then watched with increasing fear as gang life claimed friends and family members. Before long, Rodriguez saw a way out of the barrio through education and the power of words and successfully broke free from years of violence and desperation.

Achieving success as an award-winning poet, he was sure the streets would haunt him no more—until his young son joined a gang. Rodriguez fought for his child by telling his own story in Always Running, a vivid memoir that explores the motivations of gang life and cautions against the death and destruction that inevitably claim its participants.

At times heartbreakingly sad and brutal, Always Running is ultimately an uplifting true story, filled with hope, insight, and a hard-earned lesson for the next generation.
 

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I first came across this book in ninth grade - a teacher had recommended it tot he entire class, but it wasn’t required reading. I didn’t read it until my third year in college because my friend ... Read full review

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Luis J. Rodriguez writes about the struggles he went through growing up in a home with immigrant parents and with negative influences surrounding. him.He had problems with not being able to speak ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
13
Section 3
35
Section 4
55
Section 5
80
Section 6
108
Section 7
132
Section 8
160
Section 9
189
Section 10
210
Section 11
235
Section 12
247
Section 13
253
Section 14
263
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About the author (2005)

The son of Mexican immigrants, Luis J. Rodriguez began writing in his early teens and has won national recognition as a poet, journalist, fiction writer, children's book writer, and critic. Currently working as a peacemaker among gangs on a national and international level, Rodriguez helped create Tia Chucha's Café & Centro Cultural, a multiarts, multimedia cultural center in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. Visit his website: www.luisjrodriguez.com.