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Always Running: La Vida Loca Gang Days in L.A.
Always Running: La Vida Loca Gang Days in L.A.
by Luis Rodriguez
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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... (read more)

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Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
by Sudhir Venkatesh
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Sudhir Venkatesh's work was featured prominently in Freakonomics; here his research is fleshed out and humanized, telling his remarkable and unusual story. For seven years, Venkatesh was granted unprecedented access to one of Chicago's most notorious... (read more)

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Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member
Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member
by Sanyika Shakur
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“A shockingly raw, frightening portrait of gang life in South Central Los Angeles today.” –Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times “I propose to open my mind as wide as possible to allow my readers the first ever glimpse at South... (read more)

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Blood in the Fields: Ten Years Inside California's Nuestra Familia Gang
Blood in the Fields: Ten Years Inside California's Nuestra Familia Gang
by Julia Reynolds
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The city of Salinas, California, is the birthplace of John Steinbeck and the setting for his epic masterpiece East of Eden, but it is also the home of Nuestra Familia, one of the most violent gangs in the United States. Born in the prisons of California... (read more)

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Renegade Dreams: Living Through Injury in Gangland Chicago
Renegade Dreams: Living Through Injury in Gangland Chicago
by Laurence Ralph
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Every morning Chicagoans wake up to the same stark headlines that read like some macabre score: and#147;13 shot, 4 dead overnight across the city,and#8221; and nearly every morning the same elision occurs: what of the nine other victims? As with war... (read more)

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Hearts and Hands: Creating Community in Violent Times
Hearts and Hands: Creating Community in Violent Times
by Luis Rodriguez
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Hearts and Hands deals with many of the difficult issues addressed in Luis Rodríguezs memoir of gang life, Always Running, but with a focus on healing through community building. Empowered by his experiences as a peacemaker with gangs in Los... (read more)

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The Stickup Kids: Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream
The Stickup Kids: Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream
by Randol Contreras
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and#147;The Stickup Kids is an extraordinary work of brillianceand#151;complex critical theory woven fluidly through a gripping narrative of intimate personal experience. Contreras is a genuine, organic intellectual a la Gramsci. His is a brand new voice... (read more)

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Hearts & Hands: Creating Community in Violent Times
Hearts & Hands: Creating Community in Violent Times
by Luis J. Rodriguez
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Hearts and Hands focuses on healing through community building. Empowered by thirty years of experience with gangs in Los Angeles and Chicago, Rodríguez offers a unique book of change. He makes concrete suggestions, shows how we can create... (read more)

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Once a King, Always a King: The Unmaking of a Latin King
Once a King, Always a King: The Unmaking of a Latin King
by Reymundo Sanchez
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“Sanchezs story of survival in the face of great odds rings true.”  —Publishers Weekly... (read more)

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Prisoners
Prisoners
by Jerome Gold
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Prisoners is a collection of short narratives told in different voices, about what holds us captive: war, violence, trauma, history, belief, the fear of death. The narratives are thematically linked. The dominant themes of this compact but insightful... (read more)

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Homeboy's Soul: Pride, Terror, and Street Justice in America
Homeboy's Soul: Pride, Terror, and Street Justice in America
by Don Armijo
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Cruise the barrio with a vato loco. Face the deadly consequences of a movida on a rival gang. Share the private thoughts and fears of a real-life Chicano child turned killer. Live the most pervasive and misunderstood lifestyle in America--gangbanging... (read more)

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Dead End Kids: Gang Girls and the Boys They Know
Dead End Kids: Gang Girls and the Boys They Know
by Mark Fleisher
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“A lively, compelling tale of urban misery and dashed hope, Fleisher’s work humanizes gang girls and identifies the psychological, cultural, and social forces that condemn the distaff side of America’s [gangs] to their dead-end lives... (read more)

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Islands in the Street
Islands in the Street
by Martin Sa Jankowski
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Martín Sánchez Jankowski is Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Chicano/Latino Policy Project Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of California, Berkeley.... (read more)

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8 Ball Chicks: A Year in the Violent World of Girl Gangs
8 Ball Chicks: A Year in the Violent World of Girl Gangs
by Gini Sikes
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"What stays with the reader is the fear and despair that lie at the bottom of these girls' seeming hearts of stone...Sikes's generous reporting gives voice to young women...who think they  must pass through violence on the road to self... (read more)

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My Bloody Life (00 Edition)
My Bloody Life (00 Edition)
by Reymundo Sanchez
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“A viciously candid, self-deprecating memoir.” —Chicago... (read more)

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It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing
It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing
by Luis Rodriguez
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Luis Rodriguez, author of the award-winning and bestselling classic memoir Always Running, chronicles his harrowing journey from a drugged-out gang member to one of the most revered figures in Chicano literature. Hundreds of thousands of readers came to... (read more)

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The Gang: A Study of 1,313 Gangs in Chicago
The Gang: A Study of 1,313 Gangs in Chicago
by Frederic Milton Thrasher
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While gangs and gang culture have been around for countless centuries, The Gang is one of the first academic studies of the phenomenon. Originally published in 1927, Frederic Milton Thrasherandrsquo;s magnum opus offers a profound and careful analysis of... (read more)

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Going Down to the Barrio: Homeboys and Homegirls in Change
Going Down to the Barrio: Homeboys and Homegirls in Change
by Joan W Moore
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Joan W. Moore is Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.... (read more)

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Peace in the Hood: Working with Gang Members to End the Violence
Peace in the Hood: Working with Gang Members to End the Violence
by Aquil Basheer
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Peace In the Hood evokes the reality of gangland warfare but also acknowledges the possibility of peace. Written by Basheer, a pioneer of the interventionist movement, it documents the lessons he learned from over 40 years of working in inner cities... (read more)

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Blue Rage, Black Redemption: a Memoir (07 Edition)
Blue Rage, Black Redemption: a Memoir (07 Edition)
by Stanley Tookie Williams
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andlt;bandgt;Stanley Tookie Williamsandlt;/bandgt;, activist and author, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize five times and the Nobel Prize in literature four times. He is the only man in history to be nominated while imprisoned. He was executed in... (read more)

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