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Eddie Torres, artistic director of Teatro Vista, read:

My Bloody Life: The Making of a Latin King by Reymundo Sanchez

A thrilling book. Set in Chicago and based on a true story, My Bloody Life chronicles the transformation of an individual's rise and fall in the notorious Latin Kings street gang in Chicago. The book's description of the Humboldt Park neighborhood in the 1970s is as I remembered it as a kid, when I would visit my family members on the north side. It also brings a sense of reality to the experience of that urban landscape and the Puerto Rican community that was affected by both the violence and gangs. The writing, although sometimes disturbing, is poetic and powerful.

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