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Book Club – Book: Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
September 16, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm PDT
Type of Event
Community Event – Open to all members and non-members of The Koa Club
Delight Roberts, an avid book reader and book club leader
Location/Date & Time
Online via Zoom only:
*****Zoom link and meeting password will be sent out to registered participants*******
Date: September 16, 2020
Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm Pacific Standard Time
Join Delight to discuss Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, an autobiographical comedy book written by comedian, Trevor Noah.
Published in November 2016, Born a Crime was received favorably by major U.S. book reviewers. It became a #1 New York Times Bestseller and was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, Newsday, Esquire, NPR, and Booklist.
Below is a short summary of the book from GoodReads:
The memoir of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.
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.
- A community event open to all members and non-members of The Koa Club
- Free for all members and non-members of The Koa Club