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by Kareem Rosser


Crossing The Line by Kareem Rosser COVERThe 2022 One City One Book selection is Crossing the Line: A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport That Changed Their Lives Forever by Kareem Rosser.

This is an inspiring memoir of defying the odds from Kareem Rosser, captain of the first ever African American polo team to win the National Interscholastic Polo championship. Crossing the Line is the story of bonds of brotherhood, family loyalty, the transformative connection between man and horse, and forging a better future that comes from overcoming impossible odds.

Rosser will present an author talk on Sunday, April 3, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at the Bank of America Fred Kavli Theater, followed by a Q&A session moderated by Mary Olson, General Manager of KCLU. A book signing will follow with copies available for purchase.

To participate in One City, One Book, reserve or pick up a copy of the book from the Library and join the discussion. Books are or will be available in hardback, paperback, eBook, and downloadable audio.


This year, to enhance the reading experience, we’ve included five questions for readers to ponder while reading Crossing the Line. The questions can be found on the bookmarks in the print copies.

  • Kareem Rosser recounts how he was helped at different stages of his journey by people inside and outside of his family. Which of those characters left the deepest impression on you? How did they shape the person he became? Who is someone in your life who has had an impact on you?

  • The theme that’s touched on repeatedly in the book is that of being an outsider. In what ways can you relate to the experience of being an outsider? How do you think the feeling of being an outsider shapes a person’s character and personality?

  • Kareem Rosser trains several different horses throughout his journey. What kind of skills did Kareem learn from training horses that helped him succeed in other areas of his life?

  • How can childhood trauma affect later life experiences? Kareem Rosser talks about PTSD, panic attacks, anxiety and depression and not having a vocabulary to explain what he was experiencing. How was he shaped and changed by fear, grief and traumatic events and how did he get through these difficulties?

  • Kareem Rosser’s story follows the “hero’s journey,” in which he is tested, tested again, and emerges triumphant at the end with greater self-knowledge. The hero’s journey is a popular theme in books and films, as well as the “underdog story,” in which a character faces great odds and adversity. What are other examples of underdog or hero’s journey stories in sports, books and films?

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