Tubbs shares 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.
Many politicians’ memoirs are wonky and inaccessible, but listening to Tubbs talk about everything from systemic racism to education reform feels like catching up with an old friend. It’s this quality of Tubbs’, his complete lack of pretension, that makes his story one that readers can find themselves in. While the prose is plain, it’s not a disadvantage; Tubbs has no need to gussy up what is a deeply inspiring story ... Tubbs’ memoir serves not only as testimony about the effects of poverty, racism and the price of incarceration, but also as a blueprint for how to turn rage into action, and a powerful reminder that changing the world often begins at home.
... detailed and compelling ... 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.
[Tubbs] experiences with local politics and community organizing are instructive and revealing, and his gratitude for the women who raised him is evident throughout ... Part coming-of-age story and part political autobiography, Tubbs’s book is an accessible and compelling account of his life.