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Angelo Solera was born in Spain and immigrated to the United States at the age of 17 in search of the American Dream. What he found instead were low-paying and dangerous jobs, a failed marriage and cocaine addiction. While in drug treatment, he became aware of the lack of services for Latinos in Baltimore, prompting him to become a community activist and a health-care advocate and to make a run for City Council. His struggles culminated in a return to Spain, a 400-mile pilgrimage and now a new book and CD, The Journey. There will be a book signing and video presentation at 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday at Creative Alliance in East Baltimore. Additional information can be found at his Web site:

His three favorite books were those given to him by friends.

"The Greatest Salesman in the World"

by Og Mandino

This was given to me by my first sponsor in recovery. ... It has a powerful message about life and what it is to be human.

"El Soldado de la Luz" (The Warrior of the Light)

by Paulo Coelho (Spanish Edition)

This book showed me that I was not crazy or alone; it showed me that what I was doing needed to be done. It also gave me valuable information that helped me to prepare myself for the many battles I had to face.

"The Power of Now"

by Eckhart Tolle

Given to me by my good friend Kristin Ortiz, at a time in my life where I was dealing with some emotional issues caused by a bad intimate relationship.

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