Take a Chance Book Club: "Born a Crime"
Expand your Reading Horizons!
Are you interested in joining a book club but not sure what you might like to read? We are a book club that reads and discusses a different genre each month. Take a chance with us! New members are always welcome.
In February please join us the first Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at Westover Library. (Due to a scheduling conflict, the book club meeting in February will be held the first Monday of the month instead of the second Monday of the month.)
2023 Reading List
- Jan. 9: "Mexican Gothic" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Horror)
- Feb. 6: "Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood" by Trevor Noah (Biography)
- Mar. 13: "The Dictionary of Lost Words" by Pip Williams (Historical Fiction)
- Apr. 10: "Magpie Murders" by Anthony Horowitz (Detective/Mystery)
A limited number of reserved print copies of the selected book will be available at Westover Library circulation desk approximately one month before the book club meeting. Books are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Patrons are also encouraged to place holds on available print or digital copies.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-228-3738.
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About the book: 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.
The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. 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.