Lady Q

The Rise and Fall of A Latin Queen
Sanchez, Reymundo, 1963- (Book - 2008)
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Looks at the life of a member of Chicago's Puerto Rican gang the Latin Queens, the female counterpoint of the Latin Kings, and details the years of sexual abuse that began at the age of five and the consequences of breaking the gang's code of silence when she appeared on Oprah Winfrey's local talk show.

Independent Publishing Group

This is a raw and powerful memoir not only of one woman’s struggle to survive the streets but also of her ascent to the top ranks of the new mafia, where the only people more dangerous than rival gangs were members of her own. At age five Sonia Rodriguez’s stepfather began to abuse her; at 10 she was molested by her uncle and beaten by her mother when she told on him; and by 13 her home had become a hangout for the Latin Kings and Queens who were friends with her older sister. Threatened by rival gang members at school, Sonia turned away from her education and extracurricular activities in favor of a world of drugs and violence. The Latin Kings, one of the largest and most notorious street gangs in America, became her refuge, but its violence cost her friends, freedom, self-respect, and nearly her life. As a Latin Queen, she experienced the exhilarating highs and unbelievable lows of gang life. From being shot at by her own gang and kicked out at age 18 with an infant daughter to rejoining the gang and distinguishing herself as a leader, her legacy as Lady Q was cemented both for her willingness to commit violence and for her role as a drug mule. For the first time, a woman’s perspective on gang life is presented.

Authors: Sanchez, Reymundo, 1963-
Statement of Responsibility: Reymundo Sanchez and Sonia Rodriguez
Title: Lady Q
the rise and fall of a Latin queen
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Chicago Review Press, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xvi, 269 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Touch of love
Damaged goods
The birth of a rebel
Loss of innocence
Lady Q emerges
The benefits of royalty
The queen of talk
All in the family
The queen of kings
Business is personal
The price of loyalty
Thy kingdom gone
Change but still the same
Moving on, painfully
If I should die before I wake
Results of a discarded life
Subject Headings: Rodriguez, Sonia, 1967- Gangs Illinois Chicago Gang members Illinois Chicago Biography Sexual abuse victims Illinois Chicago Biography Violence in adolescence Illinois Chicago
Topical Term: Gangs
Gang members
Sexual abuse victims
Violence in adolescence
Additional Contributors: Rodriguez, Sonia 1967-
LCCN: 2007041642
ISBN: 1556527225
Branch Call Number: B Rodriguez S
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Great book to read. Couldn't put it down at all!!! You can actually get into the book & go through the motion her. I definitely recommend it!!!


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