The Taft School Summer Reading Committee has selected Trevor Noah's memoir Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood as the school's all-school summer reading book. A #1 New York Times Bestseller, Born a Crime is a compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man's coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. It was named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times, Newsday, Esquire, NPR, and Booklist. Additionally, Noah's performance on the Born a Crime audiobook was Audible's highest rated audiobook of 2016, and has remained one of the top selling titles on Audible since its release. It was also nominated for two NAACP Image Awards, one for Outstanding Literary Work by a Debut Author and another for Outstanding Literary Work in the Biography/Auto-Biography category.
Taft's Summer Reading Committee selects one book each year as required summer reading for both students and faculty.
"This all-school reading selection lays groundwork for shared experience and communal dialogue," says Headmaster William R. MacMullen'78. "It is something that brings us together as a community at the start of each academic year."
Students and faculty engage in a series of summer reading forums in the fall. Whenever possible, the authors of our summer reading selections will visit campus for Morning Meeting programs and classroom visits.
In addition to reading Born a Crime, each Taft student is asked to read a second book chosen from a list of more than 50 selections offered by individual Taft faculty.