“Extraordinarily haunting and provocative.” —The Washington Post Book World
“Rodriguez’s account of his coming of age is vivid, raw….Here’s truth no television set, burning night and day, could ever begin to offer.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Beautifully written and politically astute.” —Entertainment Weekly
"Rodriguez’s life story is astonishing . . . It takes a heart broken open by a lifetime of sorrows to write with this wisdom and compassion. It takes a visionary to use this knowledge in service to those the world despises—troubled youth, the homeless, the incarcerated, the poor, the migrant—to be called back for those you love."
—Sandra Cisneros, author of Caramelo and The House on Mango Street
“This is a man who understands that ‘giving back’ is a natural thing to do—and does it in spades. My respect for his metamorphosis can only be described as awe.”
—John Densmore, bestselling author of Riders on the Storm: My Life with Jim Morrison and the Doors
“Two decades ago Luis Rodríguez became a superhero in Chicano literature with his survivor's story of a gangbanger youth. Here, again, he beautifully details his not-so-ordinary life, its tragedies and graces, but now as a son, husband, father, a worker, journalist, and successful author. With It Calls You Back, Rodriguez maps out his activist past and leads us into the future. Adelante!”
—Dagoberto Gilb, author of The Flowers and Before the End, After the Beginning
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 LuisJRodriguez.com.
I grew up in LA in the forties and fifties. I went to Belmont High and never saw the kind of prejudice he talks about. All nationalities took all classes. Read morePublished 10 days ago by PATRICIA MURRIETTA
I AM ACOLLEGE STUDENT STUDYING ALCOHOL AN DRUGS..IN HOPES OF A NEW LIFE..I AM ALSO FROM THE BARRIO AND A RECOVERING ADDICT... Read morePublished 2 months ago by valerie solis
Not as good as Always Running. I couldn't put that book down whereas this book took me forever to finish. Just didn't grab me I guess.Published 12 months ago by Monique
Amazing book with amazing stories. The book goes with the book before it "always running". I just love this author.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved it! Highly recommended for people who work with teenagers and at-risk youth.Published 13 months ago by Lola Murillo