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Vroman's Live presents Jeff Hobbs on Monday August 17th at 6pm

This virtual event will take place on Crowdcast. Register ahead of time to save your spot!

EVENT LINK: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/show-them-youre-good

Four teenage boys are high school seniors at two very different schools within the city of Los Angeles, the second largest school district in the nation with nearly 700,000 students. Author Jeff Hobbs, writing with heart, sensitivity, and insight, stunningly captures the challenges and triumphs of being a young person confronting the future--both their own and the cultures in which they live--in contemporary America.

Combining complex social issues with the compelling experience of the individual, Hobbs takes us deep inside these boys' worlds. The foursome includes Carlos, the younger son of undocumented delivery workers, who aims to follow in his older brother's footsteps and attend an Ivy League college; Tio harbors serious ambitions to become an engineer despite a father who doesn't believe in him; Jon, devoted member of the academic decathalon team, struggles to put distance between himself and his mother, who is suffocating him with her own expectations; and Owen, raised in a wealthy family, can't get serious about academics but knows he must.

Filled with portraits of secondary characters including friends, peers, parents, teachers, and girlfriends, this masterwork of immersive journalism is both intimate and profound and destined to ignite conversations about class, race, expectations, cultural divides, and even the concept of fate. Hobbs's portrayal of these young men is not only revelatory and relevant, but also moving, eloquent, and indelibly powerful. (Scribner Book Company)

Jeff Hobbs graduated with a BA in English language and literature from Yale in 2002, where he was awarded the Willets and Meeker prizes for his writing. He is the author of The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace and The Tourists. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

Steve Lopez is a California native who has been an L.A. Times columnist since 2001. He has won more than a dozen national journalism awards for his reporting and column writing at seven newspapers and four news magazines, and is a three-time Pulitzer finalist for commentary. He is the author of three novels, two collections of columns and a non-fiction work called The Soloist, which was a Los Angeles Times and New York Times best-seller, winner of the PEN USA Literary Award for Non-Fiction, and the subject of a Dream Works movie by the same name. Lopez’s television reporting for public station KCET has won three local news Emmys, three Golden Mike awards and a share of the Columbia University DuPont Award.


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Monday, August 17, 2020 - 6:00pm
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Show Them You're Good: A Portrait of Boys in the City of Angels the Year Before College Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982116330
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - August 18th, 2020

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476731919
Availability: We Can Order This For You
Published: Scribner - July 28th, 2015

The Tourists: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743290968
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 12th, 2008

The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425238363
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Published: Berkley - May 4th, 2010