Books Giveaway: Born a Crime and I Have Some Questions for You

by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

Recently I asked the Aha! subscribers what they recommend as my next books to read and got a lot of great suggestions! 

From the following list, I chose two:

Thanks to Robert Slater and Catherine Lautenbacher for recommending “Born A Crime” by Trevor Noah and “I Have Some Questions For You” by Rebecca Makkai. Let’s give one of each to two lucky Aha! subscribers!

I’m not a late night TV kinda gal so I never saw Trevor Noah on The Daily Show.  I didn’t really know who he was or anything about him.  I listened to his book via Audible.  Noah’s father is white and his mother is black and he was born during a time when interracial sex was illegal in South Africa…therefore he was “born a crime”.  He narrates in his beautiful South African accent and, although growing up in South Africa during Apartheid was certainly not funny, Noah weaves this story in and out of his childhood so incredibly well. I laughed deep belly laughs several times while listening.  I also cried real tears and was horrified to learn what growing up “colored” or black was like for South Africans.  The ending to Born a Crime is one of my favorite book endings ever.  Seriously.  I adore Trevor’s “mum”.

Although, I didn’t really LOVE the ending of I Have Some Questions For You”, I thoroughly enjoyed the book.  I was wondering who the murderer was until the very end.  As Catherine said when recommending to me;  “It’s a wonderful murder mystery couched in the me-too movement.  Lots to think about!”  The author does an excellent job letting the main character figure out the murder of her high school friend while reminiscing about the past, dealing with marital issues in the present and discovering how different she thought about things as a senior in high school versus now…20+ years later.

Leave a comment and let us know which book you’d like to win and we’ll randomly choose the winners on Friday!

Please also leave a comment to let me know what I should read next.  I’ll update the list Friday with everyone’s suggestions.

5 thoughts on “Books Giveaway: Born a Crime and I Have Some Questions for You

  1. I’ve wanted to read Born a Crime for a long time now – that one, please!

    If you haven’t read it already, read Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow!

  2. I’m intrigued by your description of both books. I’d love to start with “I Have Some Questions for You,” and then jump into “Born a Crime.” Thank you for sharing all the book suggestions.

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