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G-Dog and the Homeboys: Father Greg Boyle and the Gangs of East Los Angeles [Paperback]

Celeste Fremon , Tom Brokaw


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Sept. 20 2004 0826335365 978-0826335364 Updated edition
Originally published in 1995, this paperback edition updates us on the lives of the homeboys with whom Father Greg Boyle continues to work, allowing for a unique analysis as to how some former gang members are able to make it out, while others are not.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press; Updated edition edition (Sept. 20 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826335365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826335364
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.5 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,114,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

This is an updated edition of the story of the gang scene in East L.A. and Father Gregory Boyle's innovative ministry and economic development efforts in the area. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Celeste Fremon is an award-winning journalist and a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times Magazine and LA Weekly. She lives in Los Angeles.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Chronicles of RoseDog Jan. 13 2005
By John P. Fremon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Between dodging bullets of homeboys and donning the babies of homegirls as their godmother, Celeste Fremon (Rosedog) has buried many children who grew up in a war zone where bloodshed and death are intermingled with their earliest memories.

Celeste's expertise in the areas of street gangs, gang violence and juvenile issues allowed her to take you deep in the lives of the homeboys of Boyle Heights in East LA (one of the toughest and most violent neighborhoods in Los Angeles).

Imagining triumphs and success seems impossible for most of the gang member she has chronicled from childhood into adulthood over a period of nearly fifteen years. But, some have shined, some have died, some have developed into responsible adults largely due to the work of Father Greg Boyle (G-Dog) who has dedicated his life, to rehabilitate these children.

The book recounts how Father Greg evolved from an inexperienced young priest to the director of Homeboy Industries, the country's largest gang intervention program and most successful model for gang rehabilitation.

The new chapters bring you up to date not only with "G-Dog" and his labor of love, but with many of the young gang members who are now young men and women.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic narrative finally back in print! Dec 8 2004
By zombieH - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In the early 1990's, Celeste Fremon (frequent contributor to the LA Weekly) shadowed Father Greg Boyle S.J. as he tirelessly worked to improve (read: SAVE) the lives of disinfranchased gang members from the Pico/Aliso "hood" in East Los Angeles. Her resulting, richly descriptive narrative covers the gauntlet of tragedies and triumphs pervading life in a war zone. The fact that this particular war zone is but a handful of miles from downtown Beverly Hills, one of the richest cities in America, is profound.

In short, this is an important and unforgettable book that will richly supplement any college class focused on issues of social justice. Hopefully, this reprint (and new title...)will afford Fremon's work the wider attention, and study, it deserves.

Includes new chapters which bring readers up to date not ony with "G-Dog" and his work, but with many of the young men and women who populate the original narrative. -ZH
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration and then some! Jan. 16 2005
By stephanie marston - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I love this book. G- Dog And The Homeboys is completely inspiring. The writing is compelling and Celeste Fremon is the consummate storyteller. I never thought that I would find myself experiencing the level of compassion I felt for these so called gang members. Ms. Fremon humanizes the characters like no one else. It is also rare that we meet someone such as Father Greg Boyle who has made these young men and women his adopted family and has created the nations largest gang intervention program helping these kids to turn their lives around. If you need some inspiration and a dose of humanity G-Dog And The Homeboys is it!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We teach what we live.... Jan. 16 2005
By Lynn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Celeste Fremon has written an unforgetable first hand account of the journey of the remarkable Greg Boyle and his homeboys--and girls. After years of covering these people and their stories, no reporter knows this scene from the inside out quite like Fremon. It is a deeply moving, maddening and ultimately compassionate account of one man who insists that every life is worth saving. And while you're at it, check out the Homeboy Industries website.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book, but needs copyediting May 20 2012
By Liz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Fremon delivers an inside look at the life of Father Greg Boyle and the East LA gang members he serves. Though the story is going on 20 years old at this point, it still rings true to what I see as a teacher in inner-city Los Angeles. It was a gripping read and well worth my time.

That being said, the Kindle edition needs some serious copyediting. I found numerous spelling errors, some of which made it difficult to understand what Fremon meant. It seems like it was rushed into "print." There's even a written placeholder in the author's bio at the end that says "Insert author's picture here." Keep it classy, Amazon.
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