Monday, August 06, 2012

Jumped In

Did not get far in Jorja Leap's book, Jumped In: What Gangs Taught Me About Violence, Drugs, Love and Redemption. The book's cover shows a man facing a wall, back covered with tattoos including Los Angeles in large letters.

I made an assumption that Jorja was a man jumped into a gang and this was his story. Actually Jorja is a woman who studied gang violence among other things. The first chapter was okay, but story quickly sounded like Jorja's memoir, talking about her wealthy lifestyle, failing marriage, affairs, divorce, new marriage, marital strife. She did, of course, throw in information about gangs.

Perhaps if I had never ready books like Baby Insane and The Buddha by Bob Sipchen, I may have found Leap's information interesting.

Listening to police radio calls: "Suspects are three male Hispanics armed with a gun attacking a transient at the bus bench."

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