Luis J. Rodríguez





Luis J. Rodríguez

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Luis J. Rodríguez (b. 1954) is a poet, journalist, memoirist, and author of children’s books, short stories, and novels. His documentation of urban and Mexican immigrant life has made him one of the most prominent Chicano literary voices in the United States. Born in El Paso, Texas, to Mexican immigrant parents, Rodríguez grew up in Los Angeles, where in his teen yearshe joined a gang, lived on the streets, and became addicted to heroin. In his twenties, after turning his back on gang violence and drugs, Rodríguez began his career as a journalist and then award-winning poet, writing such books as the memoir Always Running (1993), and the poetry collections The Concrete River (1991), Poems Across the Pavement (1989), and Trochemoche (1998)....more


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Always Running
4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 3,541 ratings — published 1993 — 32 editions
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The Republic of East L.A.
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 212 ratings — published 2002 — 4 editions
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It Calls You Back: An Odyss...
3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 154 ratings — published 2011 — 9 editions
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The Concrete River
4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 59 ratings — published 1991 — 5 editions
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Hearts and Hands: Creating ...
4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 66 ratings — published 2001 — 8 editions
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Music of the Mill: A Novel
3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 68 ratings — published 2005 — 3 editions
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Trochemoche
4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 37 ratings — published 1998 — 4 editions
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America Is Her Name
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 32 ratings — published 1998 — 2 editions
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My Nature is Hunger: New an...
4.62 of 5 stars 4.62 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 2005 — 4 editions
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Poems across the Pavement
4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 17 ratings — published 1989
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“cry, child, for those without tears have a grief which never ends.”
Luis J. Rodríguez, Always Running

“It never stopped, this running. We were constant prey, and the hunters soon became big blurs: the police, the gangs, the junkies, the dudes on Gaarvey Boulevard who took our money, all smudged into one. Sometimes they were teachers who jumped on us Mexicans as if we were born with a hiduous stain. we were always afraid. Always Running.”
Luis J. Rodríguez

“You 'will never belive it.”
Luis J. Rodríguez, Always Running

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