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Malden Reads

Where to get the books

2021 Book Selection & Companion Books

We invite you to read Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, the 2021 Malden Reads main book selection for adults and high schoolers, and to participate in our events and join the conversation! Younger readers are encouraged to readthese companion books, which complement the themes of Born a Crime.


Check out a copy from the Malden Public Library!

Use your library card to check out a copy of Born a Crime from the library! There are plenty of print copies, as well as the audio and e-book formats. Translations are also available for check-out, and if you would like a copy in a language not currently available, email us at and we will see if it is available.

The library also has copies of all of the companion books available for checkout.

Buy a copy at the Gallery@57 on Pleasant St. in Malden

You can purchase copies of this year’s Malden Reads book selections at Malden’s newest retail shop for handcrafted items.

The Gallery@57 at 57 Pleasant St. in Malden is a collective of local artists working to bring art & community to our local economy. Support the Gallery@57 and Malden Reads by purchasing your copy at the Gallery@57! While you’re there, check out the beautiful handcrafted items and chat with the talented artists and entrepreneurs that made this enterprise happen!

You can also contact Anne at or 781-321-6400 to purchase your copy locally.

Purchase at a local bookseller!

Our book store of choice is The Book Oasis in Stoneham. They have been a collaborative partner with Malden Reads for several years. (Of course, you could purchase copies of the book(s) on Amazon but remember, the low price comes at a cost to workers and the environment!)