April 2018 Book Group
Join librarian Bonnie to discuss comedian Trevor Noah's New York Times Best Selling memoir, "Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood."
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. 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. [Noah's stories] are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting... [weaving] 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.
The Scandinavia Public Library chooses a book monthly, except for December, to read and discuss as a group at 4 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Selections cover many genres, including occasional non-fiction titles, and readers are welcome to participate as frequently as they choose.