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Discussion: Born A Crime By Trevor Noah
Should we continue with using Meetup or switch to a different platform? Our Meetup group renews on August 16th so we need to decide whether or not to cancel or allow it to renew. We will also be discussing Born A Crime by Trevor Noah. The Goodreads description reads: "The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime New York Times bestseller about 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. The eighteen personal essays 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."

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Are you looking to read a good book, but need a reason to pick one up? Do you want to have an intelligent discussion about literature, perhaps a favorite classic? Would you like to get to discuss a thought-provoking work of non-fiction with others? Or do you want to talk giddily about your favorite character or the plot of that novel you can't put down? What about meeting new people? We are bringing our community together once a month (or more) and to talk books over some brews - brew being the newest beer on tap or the best chamomile tea in the joint. We pick among members and a books to read and discuss. And we have social swaps periodically as well. So bring the book to discuss, a book to swap, and your thirst for beverages and discussion and we'll have a ball with our local bookworms. Member dues are $10.00 a year (after a 60 month trial period) to cover Meetup costs, which you can pay via credit card, or by cash or check (made out to Laura Napolitano). If you're on a tight budget, just let an organizer know and we can waive dues.

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