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Spring into the Semester Community Reading Program: 2020

Common Reading 2020: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime by Trevor NoahTrevor 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. The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. 

Born a Crime (Penguin Random House)

About Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah: Guardian Live Interview (1 hour, 31 minutes)

Trevor Noah: Human Capital is Changing the Future (9 minutes)

Breaking Big: Trevor Noah (26 mins)

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Dealing with Trauma Triggers

In Born a Crime, Trevor Noah describes violent incidents that he experienced as a child. Some readers may feel triggered by this material.  

This self-care checklist for dealing with trauma triggers in the media may also be useful in a non-emergency situation. 

In the case of an urgent need, please refer to these Emergency Resources

Common Reading 2020: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime by Trevor NoahTrevor 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. The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. 

Born a Crime (Penguin Random House)

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