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G-Dog and the Homeboys: Father Greg Boyle and the Gangs of East Los Angeles Paperback – August 16, 2008


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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press; Revised & enlarged edition (August 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826344852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826344854
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Celeste Fremon] offers [Father] Boyle as an example of how approaching gang violence with an eye towards prevention and intervention can be much more effective than simply aiming for 'lock-'em-up and-throw-away-the-key' suppression. Throughout she includes the words of the gang members themselves as they reflect on their lives and what would aid them in improving their circumstances. In this new edition, she adds an afterword that follows up on the fates of a number of the individuals discussed in the main body of the text." - streetgangs.com"

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This is an updated edition of the story of the gang scene in East L.A. and Father Gregory Boyle's innovative ministry and economic development efforts in the area.

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The stories include episodes of great sadness and redemption.
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It is amazing what he has accomplished in LA with these gang members.
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He is a treasure and the book is very interesting and well-written.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John P. Fremon on January 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
Between dodging bullets of homeboys and donning the babies of homegirls as their godmother, Celeste Fremon (Rosedog) has buried many children who grew up in a war zone where bloodshed and death are intermingled with their earliest memories.

Celeste's expertise in the areas of street gangs, gang violence and juvenile issues allowed her to take you deep in the lives of the homeboys of Boyle Heights in East LA (one of the toughest and most violent neighborhoods in Los Angeles).

Imagining triumphs and success seems impossible for most of the gang member she has chronicled from childhood into adulthood over a period of nearly fifteen years. But, some have shined, some have died, some have developed into responsible adults largely due to the work of Father Greg Boyle (G-Dog) who has dedicated his life, to rehabilitate these children.

The book recounts how Father Greg evolved from an inexperienced young priest to the director of Homeboy Industries, the country's largest gang intervention program and most successful model for gang rehabilitation.

The new chapters bring you up to date not only with "G-Dog" and his labor of love, but with many of the young gang members who are now young men and women.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By zombieH on December 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
In the early 1990's, Celeste Fremon (frequent contributor to the LA Weekly) shadowed Father Greg Boyle S.J. as he tirelessly worked to improve (read: SAVE) the lives of disinfranchased gang members from the Pico/Aliso "hood" in East Los Angeles. Her resulting, richly descriptive narrative covers the gauntlet of tragedies and triumphs pervading life in a war zone. The fact that this particular war zone is but a handful of miles from downtown Beverly Hills, one of the richest cities in America, is profound.

In short, this is an important and unforgettable book that will richly supplement any college class focused on issues of social justice. Hopefully, this reprint (and new title...)will afford Fremon's work the wider attention, and study, it deserves.

Includes new chapters which bring readers up to date not ony with "G-Dog" and his work, but with many of the young men and women who populate the original narrative. -ZH
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By stephanie marston on January 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
I love this book. G- Dog And The Homeboys is completely inspiring. The writing is compelling and Celeste Fremon is the consummate storyteller. I never thought that I would find myself experiencing the level of compassion I felt for these so called gang members. Ms. Fremon humanizes the characters like no one else. It is also rare that we meet someone such as Father Greg Boyle who has made these young men and women his adopted family and has created the nations largest gang intervention program helping these kids to turn their lives around. If you need some inspiration and a dose of humanity G-Dog And The Homeboys is it!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lynn on January 16, 2005
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Celeste Fremon has written an unforgetable first hand account of the journey of the remarkable Greg Boyle and his homeboys--and girls. After years of covering these people and their stories, no reporter knows this scene from the inside out quite like Fremon. It is a deeply moving, maddening and ultimately compassionate account of one man who insists that every life is worth saving. And while you're at it, check out the Homeboy Industries website.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. Detanna on February 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
A wonderful read that can be shared with reluctant readers to bring them face to face with their place in modern literature. A book that should be shared with more teenagers. A look at gang life/ prisons in our urban world through the eyes of someone on a shared journey. I shared this book and another series that Celeste wrote in LA Weekly (2005) with my students as a combination class: experience of life literature and morality. Father Boyle is a master at understanding humanity and our call to larger social responsibility. We are not permitted to dismiss the world around us after reading this book that tugs at the corners of your heart. Greg gives hope where it is needed the most - to everyone. If the opportunity to hear Father Greg Boyle speak presents itself, do yourself a favor and go.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Liz on May 20, 2012
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Fremon delivers an inside look at the life of Father Greg Boyle and the East LA gang members he serves. Though the story is going on 20 years old at this point, it still rings true to what I see as a teacher in inner-city Los Angeles. It was a gripping read and well worth my time.

That being said, the Kindle edition needs some serious copyediting. I found numerous spelling errors, some of which made it difficult to understand what Fremon meant. It seems like it was rushed into "print." There's even a written placeholder in the author's bio at the end that says "Insert author's picture here." Keep it classy, Amazon.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By a reader on July 25, 2006
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I'm on my second read-through of this book. It completely readjusted my perspective on what the definition of true compassion is.

This is an extraordinary and well-written story, told without sentiment.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Lewis on April 4, 2007
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"G-Dog and the Homeboys" shows how Father Greg Boyle and a select few adults, including the author, completely changed the lives of teens in East LA. Greg opened the homies' and his followers' eyes to the world outside of their lives in their little neighborhood. Many kids would not think past selling drugs to earn a little extra cash, or firing off a couple of rounds of bullets in order to simply stay alive. Boyle changed all of this.

In actuality, the homies were not violent, cruel, or evil kids at heart. Many had rotten home lives and joined gangs to find love. Others joined for protection. Gangs offered support if they were ever in serious danger.

Father Greg understood and felt for these teens. Greg lent them helping hand in any way he could. He gave them money for school, jobs, even a roof over their heads. However, the best gift he gave the homies was his love and caring for them.

As one follows the stories of numerous homies, one realizes how much of an impact one man, Father Greg, had on their lives. This story is touching, at times frightening, and over all, enlightening. It is highly recommended that you read "G-Dog and the Homeboys". Your eyes, too, will be opened to the world around you.
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