Always Running

Always Running

La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A

Book - 2005
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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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2005
Edition: Touchstone ed
ISBN: 9780743276917
Characteristics: 262 p. ; 22 cm

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Apr 13, 2015

The author writes about his days as a gang member in the barrio. He then sees his teenage son going in that direction. This is a very powerful story.
I have not yet read the sequel, "It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing," but I expect that I will.

Mar 14, 2015

You wont get a more intimate account.

Apr 04, 2011

i read that book and it is super good everyone who see's this comment should read that book!!!


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