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Always Running by Luis J. Rodríguez
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Jun 30, 2011

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We’ve seen the headlines, “Gang Violence: Teen Wars Bring Death To Two,” and “Youth, 17, Murdered: Victim Shot In Chest.” Non-fiction ALWAYS RUNNING by best-selling author Luis J. Rodriguez is a first-hand account of what leads up to gang violence and what proceeds. This former gangbanger even gives a shocking eye-witness description of the drugging and raping of young girls somewhere between 12 and 14 years old. Isolated as early as kindergarten, a teenage Rodriguez showed potential as a gifted saxophone player, but that dream gets smashed by his brother. The sniffing and heroin use, among other drugs, hid Rodriguez’ many attempted suicides while living in a garage, the best alternative to being homeless. His experience takes place before the ’92 L.A. riots—an in-depth personal story you never saw in the headlines. More than 30 years later, Rodriguez, an award-winning author of fourteen books, was given an “Unsung Heroes of Compassion” Award by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. (Elvira, C-D)
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