Jeff Hobbs is the author of Show Them You’re Good, a book that is about how to be successful in life by being good.
Jeff Hobbs is a writer and a journalist. He has written for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and others. His book ‘Show Them You’re Good’ was released in 2017.
(CBS News) – Jeff Hobbs, the author, has always been interested in writing about college and individuals that aren’t like him. Hobbs follows four boys in the enormous Los Angeles school system as they seek entrance to college and begin to find their adult identities in his newest book, “Show Them You’re Good.”
Hobbs’ four interviewees all have interesting travels and backstories to tell. Carlos is the son of illegal delivery workers who is attempting to follow in his elder brother’s footsteps by attending an Ivy League institution. Tio is a young boy who aspires to be an engineer, but his father doubts his abilities. Then there’s Jon, who has to deal with his mother’s unrealistic expectations, and Owen, who is struggling to focus on his studies.
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Hobbs talked with CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith about the book, what it was like to return to school and follow these four guys, and his recollections of writing his New York Times bestseller “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace,” about a former Yale classmate who died. “Show Them You’re Good” is currently available in bookstores everywhere.
“In the 2016 and 2017 school years, I spent approximately a year going to school every day with high school seniors,” Hobbs said. “At the time, I was parenting my own small children, and to cut a long tale short, it was a lot of fun. It gave me a lot of optimism, which was kind of the point in the first place. The fact that any of these students wanted to hang out with me during a year when they were applying to colleges was the biggest surprise. They met in a roundtable style once a week for a certain length of time to speak about what was going on in their lives.”
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Hobbs noticed many characteristics in the youngsters throughout his encounters with them, including how worldly, smart, humorous, and touching they were. One of the author’s stated objectives for this work was to make it human. He was driven to show that society should not categorize individuals only on the basis of what they perceive on the surface.
“My work with narrative non-fiction is always to challenge presumptions, and I believe these kids challenged a lot of presumptions about Beverly Hills and South LA,” Hobbs said. “Perspective has always been essential, but it’s becoming more significant in terms of who gets to tell the narrative. It’s difficult since the overwhelming majority of tales are told by overeducated white males like myself.”
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“You mentioned Robert Peace, and that was a memoir/biography of a good friend of mine who passed away nearly ten years ago,” Hobbs said. “I reached out to Rob’s family after he passed away, and we were all in shock. I figured I could put together a collection of tales for his high school newsletter or write a 1,000-word article on his life rather than simply his death. It became a book, which I refer to as a rambling eulogy.”
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