Always Running: La Vida Loca by Luis Rodríguez


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Softback: 262 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Always Running: La Vida Loca

by Luis Rodríguez

By age twelve, Luis Rodríguez was a veteran of East L.A. gang warfare. Lured by a seemingly invincible gang culture, he witnessed countless shootings, beatings, and arrests, then watched with increasing fear as drugs, murder, suicide, and senseless acts of street crime claimed friends and family members. Before long Rodríguez 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 Chicano poet, he was sure the streets would haunt him no more–until his young son joined a gang. Rodríguez 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.

The son of Mexican immigrants, Luis J. Rodríguez grew up in Watts and East Los Angeles. He began writing in his early teens, and eventually won national recognition as a poet, journalist, and critic. He is currently working as a peacemaker among inner-city gangs and runs Tia Chucha Press, which publishes emerging, socially concious poets.

6 Comments for “Always Running: La Vida Loca by Luis Rodríguez”

  1. Lil Blaster

    naw man, this ish iz dope! i be readin in to my babyeez.

  2. Gloria

    Love this book!! cant wait to read his next book “it calls you back”

  3. brianna

    the book “Always Running” so far is a good book i just started reading it in my school and i likeit so far .. i hope when i finish this book i can read his other books

  4. ºTyler

    Pretty descriptive

  5. Sophie

    Nice description! This book is really good, I would recommend it!


  6. faria

    i need a essay about the book i really liked the book but why i dont know i cant write the essay about this book, please some one help me out 🙁

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