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Download e-book for kindle: Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. by Luis J. Rodriguez

By Luis J. Rodriguez

ISBN-10: 1453259082

ISBN-13: 9781453259085

The award-winning and bestselling vintage memoir a couple of younger Chicano gang member surviving the damaging streets of East la, now that includes a brand new disguise.
Winner of the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, hailed as a New York Times extraordinary ebook, and skim through millions, Always Running is the searing precise tale of 1 man’s existence in a Chicano gang—and his heroic fight to unfastened himself from its grip.
via age twelve, Luis Rodriguez was once a veteran of East la gang struggle. Lured via a possible invincible gang tradition, he witnessed numerous shootings, beatings, and arrests after which watched with expanding worry as gang lifestyles claimed family and friends participants. prior to lengthy, Rodriguez observed a manner out of the barrio via schooling and the facility of phrases and effectively broke unfastened from years of violence and desperation.
reaching luck as an award-winning poet, he was once convinced the streets could hang-out him no more—until his younger son joined a gang. Rodriguez fought for his baby by way of telling his personal tale in Always Running, a vibrant memoir that explores the motivations of gang existence and cautions opposed to the loss of life and destruction that unavoidably declare its contributors.
every now and then heartbreakingly unhappy and brutal, Always Running is finally an uplifting actual tale, jam-packed with desire, perception, and a richly deserved lesson for the subsequent iteration.

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As he pivoted back, his thing slipped out of me, and this gave me the leverage I needed. I brought my knees up to the fetal position and managed to shove them against his chest, pushing him back. Suddenly Derek, the aggressor, the bully, and the monster, was yelping like a kicked dog. I could see the bright red scratches across his face, the blood spotting where I opened up his skin. And the look on his face! Total and utter incomprehension. He staggered away, wrenching the sliding doors open and running for his life into the darkness, his pants still hanging half off him.

If Derek had pulled out a gun on me right then, I wouldn’t have been surprised. I knew he was unstable. Forcing your way into someone’s bedroom and refusing to leave wasn’t normal behavior, was it? Derek was crazy, no doubt about it. ” he said, smiling at me, revealing a terrible glimpse of teeth. “You don’t have to be afraid of me! ” A mad part of me was desperate to believe him. But I didn’t, not really. I was more afraid than I had ever been my entire life. He looked at me like a hungry dog.

He was crying. “Come on,” I said softly. “Lemme help you get your glasses . ” Suddenly I was shoved from behind. The ringleader was bearing down on me already. “Whatcha helping this FREAK for? ” As soon as he shoved me, I felt the anger rising in my chest. That feeling, like a red cloud was descending over my eyes as the rage began to pump through my veins, setting my heart off on a skittering, pounding rhythm. I clenched my fists till my hands shook. ” I screamed. ” The kid started backing off, startled by my outburst, and the smile slid from his face.

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