The Deeper the Roots: A Memoir of Hope and Home


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Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book
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5.79 X 8.41 X 1.0 inches | 0.82 pounds

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About the Author

Michael Tubbs served as the seventy-ninth mayor of Stockton, CA, his hometown. He was the city's first Black mayor and the youngest ever mayor of a major American city. He is the founder of Mayors for a Guaranteed Income and a Special Advisor to California Governor Newsom on Economic Mobility. Tubbs has been a fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, the MIT Media Lab, and the Stanford Design School. He has also served as a Stockton city councilmember and a high school educator. He lives with his partner, Anna Malakai Tubbs, and their children.


Praise for The Deeper the Roots

"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

Hugely inspiring and important...The Deeper the Roots is a book not to be missed if we wish to understand how we might survive childhoods of missing fathers, inadequate home security, and endemic racism. It is a book of hope, because we recognize Tubbs as one of us who refused to bow to diminishment, whether from racist outside forces or inner demons of self doubt. Tubbs' book, and his life, exemplify Leonard Cohen's wonderful line in 'The Future': 'Love's the only engine of survival.'" --Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple

"The Deeper the Roots shows a brilliant young leader coming into his own, not by leaving behind the experiences that shaped him but by investing his gifts exactly where they're needed: home. Tubbs is a great storyteller and represents what we need in politics: service rooted in possibility and love for all people. His memoir was a joy and a revelation to read." --Valerie Jarrett, President Obama Foundation

"This beautifully-written memoir is the story of one of the most extraordinary leaders of a generation. It also illustrates the ability of any life to make a contribution to our American journey. Read this to understand how our paths are completely intertwined and how finding beauty and joy in all lives is powerfully imperative." --Wes Moore, author of The Work and The Other Wes Moore

"The gripping story of how Michael Tubbs persevered against poverty and racism to become the youngest mayor--and the first Black mayor--of Stockton. It's a moving look behind the scenes at how we can find personal strength while fighting for systemic change." --Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again and host of the TED podcast "WorkLife"

"I feel like I made a new friend. This book makes it a pleasure to get to know Michael Tubbs. I happily suggest you do. His story is relatable and dazzling at the same time. He describes his life in a way that is a kind of guide for living in itself. Detailed stories of relationships and perseverance that walk the reader through the mind and the spirit of someone navigating through a life filled with small victories and big ideas. Come for the humor and candor, stay for the path to change society." --Kathy Griffin

"Michael Tubbs is a rare example of how much you can do for a community with resilience and dedication, and a reminder of the importance of giving back to the places that created us." --Sam Altman, President, Y Combinator

"Michael Tubbs is an extraordinary example of a new generation of servant-leaders who have inspired me and give great hope for our nation's future. The Deeper the Roots is a powerful exploration of the people and systems that shaped him and his vision for creating communities to give all children an equal chance to reach their full potential. Read it and be inspired." --Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President Emerita, Children's Defense Fund