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Always Running: La Vida Loca Gang Days in L.A.


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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 introduction by the author.

Winner of the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, hailed as a New York Times notable book, and read by hundreds of thousands, Always Running is 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 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.


This award-winning and bestselling classic memoir about a young Chicano gang member is now updated with a new Introduction and reading group guide.

About the Author

The son of Mexican immigrants, 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, Rodriguez helped create Tia Chucha's Café & Centro Cultural, a multiarts, multimedia cultural center in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. Visit him at

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Phillip D, December 2, 2010 (view all comments by Phillip D)
Hello Readers,

This novel inspired me to take another avenue in life. Prior to reading "Always Running", I was lost in the cycle of "Living La Vida Loca." At one time in my life, I was trapped in the revolving door of "doing life on the installment plan". However, as a result of reading, "Always Running" my life has transformed from a negative to a positive. From one that had no hope, to one has hope and that desires to be a positive role model for others to emulate. If anyone has a family member that may be considered as an "at-risk youth" I highly recommend that they purchase this novel.
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ay0.geee, March 30, 2009 (view all comments by ay0.geee)
"Always Running" is a really good book for those who are in gangs and don't see what they are doing> i think it was very brave of Luis Rodriguez to write this book.
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adybby08, January 4, 2009 (view all comments by adybby08)
I love the title its very good, the way i see it he explains how his life is so crazy and how hes "always running" not only from the police but also his own life his feelings the truth, REALITY. At one point he says he stops running to me meaning that he straightens his life and stops running from reality from the truth from police from himslef.
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Product Details

Rodriguez, Luis
Touchstone Books
Rodriguez, Luis J.
People of Color
Mexican American youth.
Personal Memoirs
Criminals & Outlaws
Ethnic Cultures - General
General Biography
Rodriguez, Luis J.
Gangs -- California -- Los Angeles.
Biography - General
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Publication Date:
September 2005
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8.44 x 5.5 in 8.645 oz

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