It Calls You Back by Luis J. Rodriguez audiobook

It Calls You Back: An Odyssey through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing

By Luis J. Rodriguez
Read by Jacob Vargas

Dreamscape 9781416584162
11.93 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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Hundredsof thousands of readers came to know Luis J. Rodríguez through his fearlessclassic, Always Running, which chronicled his early life as a youngChicano gang member surviving the dangerous streets of East Los Angeles. Thelong awaited follow-up, It Calls You Back, is the equally harrowingstory of Rodríguez starting over, at age eighteen, after leaving gang life, theonly life he really knew. It Calls You Back opens with Rodríguez’s final stint in jail as ateenager and follows his struggle to kick heroin, renounce his former life, andsearch for meaningful work. He describes with heartbreaking honesty hischallenges as a father and his difficulty leaving his rages and addictionscompletely behind. Even as he breaks with “la vida loca” and begins to discoversuccess as a writer and an activist, Rodríguez finds his past, the crimes, thedrugs, the things he’d seen and done, has a way of calling him back. Whenhis oldest son is sent to prison for attempted murder, Rodríguez is forced toconfront his shortcomings as a father and to acknowledge how and why his ownhistory is repeating itself, right before his eyes. Deeplyinsightful and beautifully written, It Calls You Back is an odysseythrough love, addiction, revolutions, and healing.

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A 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Hundredsof thousands of readers came to know Luis J. Rodríguez through his fearlessclassic, Always Running, which chronicled his early life as a youngChicano gang member surviving the dangerous streets of East Los Angeles. Thelong awaited follow-up, It Calls You Back, is the equally harrowingstory of Rodríguez starting over, at age eighteen, after leaving gang life, theonly life he really knew.

It Calls You Back opens with Rodríguez’s final stint in jail as ateenager and follows his struggle to kick heroin, renounce his former life, andsearch for meaningful work. He describes with heartbreaking honesty hischallenges as a father and his difficulty leaving his rages and addictionscompletely behind. Even as he breaks with “la vida loca” and begins to discoversuccess as a writer and an activist, Rodríguez finds his past, the crimes, thedrugs, the things he’d seen and done, has a way of calling him back.

Whenhis oldest son is sent to prison for attempted murder, Rodríguez is forced toconfront his shortcomings as a father and to acknowledge how and why his ownhistory is repeating itself, right before his eyes.

Deeplyinsightful and beautifully written, It Calls You Back is an odysseythrough love, addiction, revolutions, and healing.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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.” New York Times Book Review
“Extraordinarily haunting and provocative.” Washington Post Book World
“Beautifully written and politically astute.” Entertainment Weekly
“Brilliantly jagged sequel to the gang-life classic, Always Running…Raw, searing reading from start to finish.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“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

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Author

Author Bio: Luis J. Rodriguez

Author Bio: Luis J. Rodriguez

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 on a national and international level, Rodriguez helped create Tia Chucha’s Café & Centro Cultural, a multiarts, multimedia cultural center in the Northeast San Fernando Valley.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 11.93
Audience: Adult
Language: English