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The Deeper the Roots: A Memoir of Hope and Home
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"Insightful, emotional, and enraging. By sharing his story in gripping detail, Michael Tubbs embodies an old feminist tradition whereby the personal is political. He empowers us to fight for equal opportunities for our communities, and encourages us to amass the courage to overcome loss and injustice." —Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from
the Beginning and How to Be an Antiracist

The making of a visionary political leader—and a blueprint for a more equitable country
"Don't tell nobody our business," Michael Tubbs's mother often told him growing up. For Michael, that meant a lot of things: don't tell anyone about the day-to-day struggle of being Black and broke in Stockton, CA. Don't tell anyone the pain of having a father incarcerated for 25 years to life. Don't tell anyone about living two lives, the brainy bookworm and the kid with the newest Jordans. And also don't tell anyone about the particular joys of growing up with three "moms"—a Nana who never let him miss church, an Auntie who'd take him to the library any time, and a mother, "She-Daddy", who schooled him in the wisdom of hip-hop and taught him never to take no for an answer.
So for a long time Michael didn't tell anyone his story, but as he went on to a scholarship at Stanford and an internship in the Obama White House, he began to realize the power of his experience, the need for his perspective in the halls of power. By the time he returned to Stockton to become, in 2016 at age 26, its first Black mayor and the youngest-ever mayor of a major American city, he knew his story meant something.
The Deeper the Roots is a memoir astonishing in its candor, voice, and clarity of vision. Tubbs shares with us the city that raised him, his family of badass women, his life-changing encounters with Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama, the challenges of governing in the 21st century and everything in between—en route to unveiling his compelling vision for America rooted in his experiences in his hometown.

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"Insightful, emotional, and enraging. By sharing his story in gripping detail, Michael Tubbs embodies an old feminist tradition whereby the personal is political. He empowers us to fight for equal opportunities for our communities, and encourages us to amass the courage to overcome loss and injustice." —Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from
the Beginning and How to Be an Antiracist

The making of a visionary political leader—and a blueprint for a more equitable country
"Don't tell nobody our business," Michael Tubbs's mother often told him growing up. For Michael, that meant a lot of things: don't tell anyone about the day-to-day struggle of being Black and broke in Stockton, CA. Don't tell anyone the pain of having a father incarcerated for 25 years to life. Don't tell anyone about living two lives, the brainy bookworm and the kid with the newest Jordans. And also don't tell anyone about the particular joys of growing up with three "moms"—a Nana who never let him miss church, an Auntie who'd take him to the library any time, and a mother, "She-Daddy", who schooled him in the wisdom of hip-hop and taught him never to take no for an answer.
So for a long time Michael didn't tell anyone his story, but as he went on to a scholarship at Stanford and an internship in the Obama White House, he began to realize the power of his experience, the need for his perspective in the halls of power. By the time he returned to Stockton to become, in 2016 at age 26, its first Black mayor and the youngest-ever mayor of a major American city, he knew his story meant something.
The Deeper the Roots is a memoir astonishing in its candor, voice, and clarity of vision. Tubbs shares with us the city that raised him, his family of badass women, his life-changing encounters with Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama, the challenges of governing in the 21st century and everything in between—en route to unveiling his compelling vision for America rooted in his experiences in his hometown.

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        Raised in Stockton, CA, by his church-loving grandmother, library-loving aunt, and Tupac-loving mother, Tubbs made it to Stanford, served in the Obama White House, and became Stockton's mayor at age 26. (Targeted by barbed blogging, he recently lost his bid for reelection.) With a 75,000-copy first printing.

        Copyright 2021 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        August 30, 2021
        Tubbs recounts how he fought “against the soft bigotry of low expectations” to become the first Black mayor of Stockton, Calif., in his clear-eyed debut. Within this personal story is a love letter to his hometown of Stockton and to the strong women in his family that raised him, while his father was in prison, to believe that “things that were tough about our lives were reasons... to prove Them wrong.” Throughout, Tubbs’s outsize natural charisma, generosity, and academic prowess mark each story, including one about winning a high-school essay contest hosted by Alice Walker, who taught him that “life is not a sob story, but a survivor’s tale.” Even as he attended Stanford University and interned at the White House, he returned home often to assist other students burdened by poverty. In 2016, after serving for four years on Stockton’s city council, he was elected mayor at age 26. Beyond being overwhelmingly inspiring, Tubbs’s story is written with a deep sincerity, especially when recalling more painful moments, such as his 2014 arrest for a DUI, which “fulfill the grim prophecy... that I would end up arrested and in jail one day.” This is an inspiring look at what it means to serve a community from a young political mind on the rise. Agent: Betsy Lerner, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary.

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        The story of a young man's ascent from poverty in Stockton, California, to become, at just 26 years of age, the city's first Black mayor. Tubbs was not only Stockton's first Black mayor; he was also "the youngest person...ever to be elected mayor of a city with a population of over 100,000." In his debut book, the author movingly chronicles his life story, offering insightful considerations of, above all, the crucial role played by the three women who guided his upbringing, the challenges he faced in claiming an elite education (Stanford) and establishing a career in politics, and the representative lessons to be learned from his experiences about the nation's abiding racial barriers. Tubbs begins with several chapters detailing his early life and the impact of losing his father to the prison system before moving on to explore the growth of his own fierce determination to succeed academically and professionally despite the odds stacked against him. The author's voice is both accessible and authoritative, and it establishes a trust that undergirds his commentaries on topics ranging from systemic racism to educational reform to the intricacies of campaign finance. Tubbs also skillfully renders the history and evolving fortunes of Stockton, and the city's entrenched pathologies--as well as the tenacious efforts of many of its citizens to secure a more peaceful and equitable future--form a vivid backdrop to the author's personal story. Particularly compelling are the later chapters, which describe Tubbs' victorious mayoral campaign in 2016 and the ideals that propelled it, along with the abuse he endured from often unscrupulous political adversaries. The scandal surrounding the author's' DUI conviction, which nearly ended his budding career, is treated with rare candor and self-awareness and ought to serve as a model for other memoirists. His reflections on the dynamics of disinformation campaigns and their relevance to contemporary politics could not be more timely. An emerging political leader's resonant and inspiring account of his life and vision for social transformation.

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        In his detailed and compelling memoir, political leader Tubbs recounts the experiences he had while growing up in Stockton, California, that inspired him to change the future of his city. Tubbs was raised by his mother, aunt, and grandmother. Throughout his childhood, his mother emphasized the importance of education, feeling trapped in low-wage work. Tubbs excelled at school despite racist teachers who disciplined him for asking questions and told him he would never make it at elite universities. His determination earned him admission to Stanford. During Tubbs' internship in the Obama White House, his cousin was murdered at a party. The tragedy changed Tubbs, who decided that he would return to Stockton after college to help his hometown. At 21, he was elected to the city council. At 25, he took an even greater leap and became the city's first Black mayor. Tubbs shares deeply personal reflections while also chronicling on-the-ground positive effects of government intervention in poverty, violence, and the school-to-prison pipeline. Tubbs defines the challenges that Black communities face nationwide and declares the potential for remarkable change.

        COPYRIGHT(2021) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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The making of a visionary political leader—and a blueprint for a more equitable country
"Don't tell nobody our business," Michael Tubbs's mother often told him growing up. For Michael, that meant a lot of things: don't tell anyone about the day-to-day struggle of being Black and broke in Stockton, CA. Don't tell anyone the pain of having a father incarcerated for 25 years to life. Don't tell anyone about living two lives, the brainy bookworm and the kid with the newest Jordans. And also don't tell anyone about the particular joys of growing up with three "moms"—a Nana who never let him miss church, an Auntie who'd take him to the library any time, and a mother, "She-Daddy", who schooled him in the wisdom of hip-hop and taught him never to take no for an answer.
So for a long time Michael didn't tell anyone his story, but as he went on to a scholarship at Stanford and an internship in the Obama White House, he began to realize the power of his...

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