Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

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By Trevor Noah, One World, paperback, 288 pages

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The 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  

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.

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 stories 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 humour and a mother's unconventional, unconditional love.

  • Praise for Born a Crime:

"Compelling ... By turns alarming, sad and funny, [Trevor Noah's] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr Noah's family, at life in South Africa under apartheid ... Born a Crime is not just an unnerving account of growing up in South Africa under apartheid, but a love letter to the author's remarkable mother." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

About the author:

Trevor Noah is a South African comedian, television and radio host and actor. He currently hosts The Daily Show, a late-night television talk show on Comedy Central.

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah