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Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A.
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Touchstone Books
Publication date September 6, 2005
Pages 261
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780743276917
ISBN-10 0743276914
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.75 by 8.50 in.
Weight 0.55 lbs.
Original list price $16.00
Summaries and Reviews
A former L.A. gang member describes his experiences in that world, recounting the sense of security and power found in a gang and the grim reality of violence and poverty, in an updated edition of his award-winning memoir, which features a new introduction by the author. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 50,000 first printing. description: Product Description: 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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Reprint edition from Touchstone Books (September 6, 2005)
9780743276917 | details & prices | 261 pages | 5.75 × 8.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $16.00
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CD/Spoken Word
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Unabridged edition from Dreamscape Media Llc (December 13, 2011)
9781611204162 | details & prices | 6.25 × 5.50 × 1.25 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $49.99
About: By age twelve, Luis Rodriguez was a veteran of East L.
Mp3 una edition from Dreamscape Media Llc (December 13, 2011)
9781611204193 | details & prices | 5.60 × 5.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $29.99
About: By age twelve, Luis Rodriguez was a veteran of East L.
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Reprint edition from Paw Prints (April 9, 2009)
9781439566282 | details & prices | 261 pages | List price $24.00
About: There has never been a more clear and compelling account of a gang member's life than Always Running, Luis J.

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