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Book spotlight (Preview): Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots by John Presta

Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots by John Presta
Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots by John Presta
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Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots: How Barack Obama, Two Bookstore Owners, and 300 Volunteers Did It is a story about community, perseverance, encouragement, and dedication. Two independent bookstore owners, John Presta and his wife Michelle, began their long journey of support for Obama with the release of Obama's book, Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. Although the book sold poorly at first, eventually it (along with its author) began to move up in the world. "We never stopped believing in the book or the candidate," writes Presta. "The book and the candidate sold slowly, gradually, incrementally and,
then all in one swift moment, sold and resonated suddenly. Such was the rise of the book and of Barack Obama."

In Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots, we are given a touching, personal account of the trials of Barack Obama's early campaign. Presta continuously reminds us that "change comes slowly, gradually, incrementally, and suddenly," a unique and stark truth about the nature of not only the political arena, but our own lives as well.

While Presta maintains that he was by no means the make-or-break for Obama's success, community support such as the organization the Prestas and the many volunteers who joined them were the backbone of Obama's growth from the local to the national stage, and that without the support of communities and individuals like that, Obama would never have been able to achieve his presidential victory.

Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots is filled with comments and letters from friends and supporters, newspaper clips, photographs, and references to multiple other written works, and all are held together by a fantastic personal narrative that drops you right into the middle of Hyde Park, Chicago to watch the scene unfold with your own eyes. Presta's writing style is heartfelt and conversational, keeping you involved with the events as they unfold in a way that would have been difficult (if not impossible) if written from a different perspective.

To buy a copy of this compelling story, head to, Barnes and Noble (located in the Midland Mall), or check out a copy from your local library, Grace A. Dow of Midland. Currently, there is no ebook version available.

And of course, if you are ever in the Chicago Hyde Park area, be sure to stop in at Reading on Walden, John and Michelle Presta's bookstore where the fantastic tale began.


  • Dan 5 years ago

    Can't wait to get my copy! I love the David and Goliath stories. The little guy wins.

  • Dagda 5 years ago

    I'm not a fan of political writings.... or politics... I vote for what I think the best candidate is (In this rat race I choose what the majority of voters did. With that being said, I would like to know about our President. Thank you for your in site into this book!

    Loves the smell of hot coffee on cold mornings,

  • aslindy 5 years ago

    I don't typically read political books, but this could be interesting.
    And I agree with Dagda - mmmm, coffee!! =)

  • Addie.Aynsley 5 years ago

    It'd be a nice insight into the man that gave hope to so many.

  • Republican Bill 5 years ago

    This is a book even Republicans can enjoy . . . except the ending.

  • SarahLindesmith 5 years ago

    I suppose I should have pointed this out sooner, but...
    I am NOT taking political sides by reviewing this book. I generally stay away from political and religious books because there are so many sides and they are such sensitive subjects. I don't want to fall into the trap of "You reviewed a Democratic book, so now you'd better review a Republican one, too!"
    I will continue to pick and choose books based on their writing quality, NOT their political/religious/etc. alignment.

    If you want to have a political/religious/other discussion in the comment thread, please feel free. Just be respectful.

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    abby 4 years ago

    Thanks for the bookstore tip.

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