By Luis J. Rodriguez
The award-winning and bestselling vintage memoir a few younger Chicano gang member surviving the harmful streets of East l. a., now that includes a brand new conceal.
Winner of the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, hailed as a New York Times striking e-book, and browse through millions, Always Running is the searing real tale of 1 man’s existence in a Chicano gang—and his heroic fight to unfastened himself from its grip.
by way of age twelve, Luis Rodriguez was once a veteran of East la gang war. Lured by means of a possible invincible gang tradition, he witnessed numerous shootings, beatings, and arrests after which watched with expanding worry as gang existence claimed family and friends contributors. ahead of lengthy, Rodriguez observed a manner out of the barrio via schooling and the ability of phrases and effectively broke loose from years of violence and desperation.
attaining luck as an award-winning poet, he was once definite the streets may hang-out him no more—until his younger son joined a gang. Rodriguez fought for his baby by means of telling his personal tale in Always Running, a bright memoir that explores the motivations of gang lifestyles and cautions opposed to the dying and destruction that necessarily declare its contributors.
now and then heartbreakingly unhappy and brutal, Always Running is eventually an uplifting actual tale, jam-packed with desire, perception, and a richly deserved lesson for the subsequent iteration.
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