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Gangs

Aug 17, 2013 — In Shot All To Hell, author Mark Lee Gardner explores the roots of James' life of crime following the Civil War.
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Jan 28, 2013 — When author Ally Carter found out that S.E. Hinton had been a teenager when she wrote The Outsiders, something inside her clicked. It was the first moment she realized she could be a writer. Is there a book that has inspired you to write? Tell us in the comments.
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Aug 7, 2012 — More than 75,000 of you voted for your favorite young-adult fiction. Now, after all the nominating, sorting and counting, the final results are in. Here are the 100 best teen novels, chosen by the NPR audience.
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Apr 10, 2012 — The violence in Los Angeles was explosive in 2002 when crisis intervention expert Jorja Leap ventured into the city's most gang-saturated territories. The stories of the gang members she met are part of her new book, Jumped In: What Gangs Taught Me About Violence, Drugs, Love, and Redemption.
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Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Blue Rage, Black Redemption: A Memoir by Stanley Tookie Williams. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Mar 23, 2008 — In Toby Barlow's debut novel, Sharp Teeth, competing packs of werewolves have plans to take over Los Angeles. But Barlow's book reads less like science fiction and more like a heroic epic poem, because it's written in free verse.
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Feb 27, 2008 — Columbia University sociology professor Sudhir Venkatesh spent seven years following a street gang that dealt crack around a Chicago housing project. His experiences are captured in his book, Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets.
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Feb 5, 2008 — After infiltrating one of Chicago's most notorious gangs, sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh stayed for seven years, getting to know the dealers and pimps. His new book gives an insider's view of gang culture.
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Jan 12, 2008 — For seven years, sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh lived in one of Chicago's worst housing projects. His research and insights into one of the country's most violent gangs is captured in Gang Leader for a Day.
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Apr 21, 2005 — Stanley "Tookie" Williams, co-founder of the notorious Crips street gang, has been on San Quentin's death row since 1979. But behind bars, he's written nine children's books and urges young people to avoid the gang life. A profile of Williams' violent past and uncertain future.
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