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3.00143473147785 out of 53.00143473147785 out of 53.00143473147785 out of 53.00143473147785 out of 53.00143473147785 out of 5 3.00 (2,551 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Luis J. Rodriguez Narrator: Luis J. Rodriguez Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rodriguez’s account of his coming of age is vivid, raw…Fierce, and fearless…Here’s truth no television set, burning night and day, could ever begin to offer.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Extraordinarily haunting and evocative.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Beautifully written and politically astute.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • Winner of a Carl Sandburg Award in 1993
  • A New York Times Notable Book in 1993

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Monique Mena | 2/16/2014

    " vivid, well written, and brilliant. i used this book as research for my senior project, which was on gang affiliation but this book offered so much more. i lived briefly in the areas he wrote about (La Puente, and other assorted SGV cities) so it made it all the more interesting...that aside, Rodriguez has an almost melodic literary voice that was engaging and captivating. My little sister isn't much of a book reader & in an attempt to help her with her comprehension and grammar skills, I gave her this book, which she couldn't put down! If you haven't read this, READ IT! It is a look into the life of a survivor... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gypsy Novela | 2/14/2014

    " a word on the terror of gangs from the inside out and a push toward change. definitely a possitive memoir. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Viviana | 2/1/2014

    " this book really showed me how life was in the barrio. lifestyle was rough people suffered and how drugs and gangs were so easily accessable anywhere in la and the troubles the teens were in. but also showed how people could change stay away from the trouble involving gangs and drugs "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Daniel Torres | 1/29/2014

    " One of my rite of passage books. I was probably a little too young when I read this. But it provided direction and motivation in my life, sometimes when I didnt even need it and without the book even trying to. "

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About the Author

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.