Outskirts Press Announces Original Diamond Boy: Psychology of a Gang Banger, the Latest Highly-Anticipated Self Help Book from Fresno, CA Author Le'Taxione (a.k.a. YoYo).

Fresno, CA, June 13, 2008 --(PR.com)-- Outskirts Press, Inc. has published Original Diamond Boy: Psychology of a Gang Banger by Le'Taxione (a.k.a. YoYo), which is the author’s most recent book to date. The 5.5 x 8.5 paperback in the Self Help/Personal Growth category is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble for a suggested retail price of $19.95. The webpage at www.outskirtspress.com/originaldiamond was launched simultaneously with the book’s publication.

About the Book (Excerpts & Info)

Original Diamond Boy: the Psychology of a Gang Banger by YoYo (aka Le’Taxione) is powerful, deeply troubling, and, ultimately, a story of redemption. When Le’Taxione, at age ten, picked up a .22 revolver that had been dropped during a drug-related shooting, he longed to use the pistol. Finally, in a “dimly lit parking lot” he found his opportunity and shot a man. Instead of sympathy or remorse he experienced a sense of liberation and thus began an addiction to violence that stayed with him throughout the rest of his childhood and much of his adult life.

A narrative of violent and brutal gang life in both the streets and prison, Original Diamond Boy is, paradoxically, also a story of healing. Human connections — relationships — are essential for recovery from the trauma caused by violence in the home, on the streets, or resulting from racism and oppression. Le’Taxione was nurtured by the relationships forged with other members of the Diamond Boys, and those relationships made possible his journey toward wholeness. This amazing, unforgettable book illuminates a path toward healing for our children: work to eradicate the violence of gang life, of racism and oppression, but treasure the gang and the relationships between its members.
— Barbara Bennett, Ph.D.,
School Psychologist and Educational Consultant; Co-founder of First Place School (an independent school in Seattle for children who have experienced trauma due to family and/or community violence, homelessness, poverty, racism and oppression); Instructor, “The Psychology of Trauma”, a University Behind Bars course at Monroe Correctional Complex.

Deftly constructed at 460 pages, Original Diamond Boy: Psychology of a Gang Banger is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the Self Help/Personal Growth category. With U.S. wholesale distribution through Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and pervasive online availability through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere, Original Diamond Boy: Psychology of a Gang Banger meets consumer demand through both retail and library markets with a suggested retail price of $19.95.

Additionally, Original Diamond Boy: Psychology of a Gang Banger can be ordered by retailers or wholesalers for the maximum trade discount price set by the author in quantities of ten or more from the Outskirts Press wholesale online bookstore at www.outskirtspress.com/buybooks

ISBN: 9781432724504 Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback SRP: $19.95

For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/originaldiamond

About the Author

Le’Taxione is a student of the human condition and a specialist in the mentality that causes destructive gang violence. Never denouncing the gang, he now utilizes his own life experience to change the violence prevalent in gang culture in a productive and sustainable way — “from the inside out”™. Original Diamond Boy is the next in a series of literary pursuits, all focused on the gang lifestyle, mentality and culture and all pointing towards a transformation, experienced by Le’Taxione, and possible for all those who suffer from the destructive mentality evident in today’s gangs.”

About Outskirts Press, Inc.

Outskirts Press offers turn-key, custom book publishing services for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books while retaining all their rights and full creative control. Available globally at www.outskirtspress.com and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press, Inc. represents the future of book publishing, today.


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