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Publisher's Summary

Growing up on the streets of East L.A., Luis Rodriguez narrowly escaped a serious jail term and then struggled to overcome his powerful addiction to heroin and alcohol. Eventually, Rodriguez embarked on a career as a successful journalist and a highly regarded poet. In It Calls You Back, Rodriguez describes with heartbreaking honesty his challenges as a husband and a father and his difficulty leaving his criminal past completely behind. Most disturbing is the terrifying realization that he cannot save his own son from the deadly lure of gang life. Luis's emotional journey offers deep insight into barrio life and the embattled souls of those heroic men and women who risk everything to make it out - and return to help those left behind.
©2011 Luis J. Rodríguez (P)2011 Dreamscape Media
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Critic Reviews

"...needle-to-skin candor...courageously forthright...every teen concerned about gangs will learn profound lessons from this frank and demanding memoir." - (Booklist)
"Rodriguez tells an honest, direct story." (Publishers 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)
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By Lenin Salatiel Cortez on 10-24-17

Luis J Rodriguez depics his up bringing to life.

Harsh and truthful!
Depics how only a few make it out of barrio life.
No matter what state, city or county you stay in.
Barrios are all the same and everyone that's been there can relate to this book.

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By eric on 08-13-15


I love this story, his writing his history. This story moved me in a way that I didn't think possible. He tells it in a way that I can relate, even though I was never addicted to drugs or gang related!

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By louisa on 12-12-11

love conquers all

i loved this true story of the reality of human struggle, the determination and courage to stand up for what you believe in and that in the end love conquers all.
My only disapointment was that it ended so abruptly, which i believe was due to Audible not recording the complete story.

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