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Always Running

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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 cover.

Winner of the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, hailed as aNew York Timesnotable book, and read by hundreds of thousands,Always Runningis 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 inAlways 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 Runningis ultimately an uplifting true story, filled with hope, insight, and a hard-earned lesson for the next generation.



GenreNonFiction
Coming of age
Sociological
Memoir
TopicsGangs
Gang violence
Mexican Americans
Hispanics
Teenage boys
Teenagers
Juvenile delinquents
Young men
Crime
Criminals
Street life
Drugs
Murder
Suicide
Male friendships
Family relationships
Poets
SettingLos Angeles, California
California