From the Library – Trevor Noah’s “Born A Crime” is the April 2022 Selection for the Iron Book Discussion Group

The Iron Book Discussion Group will read Trevor Noah’s Born A Crime, a memoir from the host of The Daily Show, during their meeting next month:

BOOK DESCRIPTION: Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.

New members are always welcome! If you’d like to join the group, please register now through our Event Calendar for the in-person discussion of Born A Crime on Tuesday, April 12, at 7:00 PM.

We will also be hosting an online discussion of the book via Zoom on Thursday, April 14, at 3:00 PM. You can register to attend this virtual discussion through our Event Calendar. You will receive an email with the login information for the Zoom meeting.

Copies of Born A Crime are now available on the Book Discussion Shelf on our first floor.

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