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8 Ball Chicks

8 Ball Chicks
Gini Sikes
New York : Anchor Books, 1998
HV9104 .S54 1998

Carrying razor blades in their mouths and guns in their pockets, and ferociously guarding their home turf, girl gang bangers are frequently as violent and dangerous as their male counterparts. Veteran journalist Gini Sikes spent almost two years in Los Angeles, San Antonio, and Milwaukee, following three girl gangs and exploring their lives. In doing so, Sikes reveals the fear and desperate desire for safety and status that drive girls into gangs in the first place - and the dreams and ambitions that occasionally help them to escape the catch-22 of their existence. Shocking, poignant, and deeply affecting, 8 Ball Chicks is unlike any book on the ghetto yet written.

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