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It Calls You Back: An Odyssey through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing Hardcover – October 4, 2011
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“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
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 LuisJRodriguez.com.
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So recently when I discovered that he had released a follow-up book, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. So basically 'It Calls You Back' picks up where 'Always Running' leaves off. Luis J. Rodriquez grew up in the San Gabriel Valley area and hung with the barrio click known as 'Los Lomas'.
In his first book, Rodriquez talked about his childhood hanging around his barrio and his homies. For this second book, Rodriquez gets married, has a kid, and moves away from his childhood barrio. But different kinds of trouble rear there head. Rodriguez is a driven man who likes to learn and explore but at the same time is full of anger and complex emotions.
There's a lot to be learned from this man and all the mistakes he has made; because he continually strives to move beyond his current troubles and further his knowledge of the world around him. A great book for those who grew up in similar circumstances and/or is open its message(and if you haven't yet, I recommend reading 'Always Running' first).