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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: November 2011 ISBN: 9781611204209
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 1/22/2014

    " 'Always Running' is the coming of age tale of Luis Rodriguez. The novel begins with the Mexican-American immigrant experience, through an adolescence of East L.A. gang-banging, and then finally into a life of social activism. I thought the memoir was a good portrayal of the Chicano experience, but at times found the construction of the book a bit choppy. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about another facet of the American experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jasmin Rivera | 1/15/2014

    " this is a really intresting book. it is about a boy who gets involved with gangs at a really early age. he talks about the troubles the gang causes him and what he went through. he describes his sexual life, so be mature. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maria | 12/16/2013

    " i read this for my work book club. not all that memorable considering the subject matter. i'm still curious to read My Bloody Life just to see why the kids love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taniqua | 10/10/2013

    " It is deffinantly the truth and i love how he tells his story of back in the L.A gang days and how things were for him as a kid. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl | 9/29/2013

    " Rodriguez's memoir certainly gave me insight on LA gang culture and helps me better understand the community I had formerly worked with in South Central. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizette | 9/16/2013

    " It WUSZ A KOO BOOK "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry White | 9/11/2013

    " This author has a unique voice and is likeable, but I had a hard time with this book. I pretty much lost interest midway and struggled to finish it. I do think his poetry is very compelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Davion | 9/9/2013

    " This book was about a fomer gang member who changed his life around and now his son is going through the same thing and he's telling his son what mistakes he made so his son won't make the same choice he made in life when he was a gang member. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen Mac | 7/15/2013

    " Such an emotional story about gang life...helps to understand that it is never really a "choice." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joana | 6/29/2013

    " Always Running is a great book! I instantly got hooked to this book. It makes you think of how in many places things never change. It really is a good book that has a lot of morals that makes you think before its too late. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 6/24/2013

    " Rodriguez decribed in great detail the whole story of his gang life. It was nice how he wrote this book for his son because Ramiro (his son) joined a Chicago gang. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana P | 6/2/2013

    " Teenagers getting involved with gangs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 5/1/2013

    " This book was banned from Rockford, Il. schools because it is about gang life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Words Alive | 3/8/2013

    " Great read for our student population. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aldo Anzaldo | 12/18/2012

    " This book was really awesome for me to read over the summer. I liked this book because it reminds me of how my dad lived his gang life the same way. I also thought this book was awesome because "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly Gray | 12/18/2012

    " Gang life is hard to read about but this is so interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olivia Owens | 9/14/2012

    " It was very interesting and even though it was required to read i still enjoyed it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jairo Quintos | 2/4/2012

    " This book is really good because i could relate to his story because most of the things that happen to him have happen to me. I like reading books like this because im able to relate to them because hispanics could relate to eachother. "

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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.