Born a Crime - Trevor Noah

Born a Crime

By Trevor Noah

  • Release Date: 2016-11-15
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 5
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From 1,344 Ratings

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#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

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
Michiko Kakutani, New York TimesNewsdayEsquire • NPR • Booklist

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. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

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 humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.

Praise for Born a Crime

 “[A] compelling new memoir . . . 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

“[An] unforgettable memoir.”Parade

 “What makes Born a Crime such a soul-nourishing pleasure, even with all its darker edges and perilous turns, is reading Noah recount in brisk, warmly conversational prose how he learned to negotiate his way through the bullying and ostracism. . . . What also helped was having a mother like Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah. . . . Consider Born a Crime another such gift to her—and an enormous gift to the rest of us.”—USA Today

“[Noah] thrives with the help of his astonishingly fearless mother. . . . Their fierce bond makes this story soar.”—People

“[Noah’s] electrifying memoir sparkles with funny stories . . . and his candid and compassionate essays deepen our perception of the complexities of race, gender, and class.”Booklist (starred review)

“A gritty memoir . . . studded with insight and provocative social criticism . . . with flashes of brilliant storytelling and acute observations.”Kirkus Reviews

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Reviews

  • Amazing!

    5
    By Miss B Havens
    I enjoy his show, love his comedy videos but this book is a amazing journey of his life and how he became the man he is. Loved it!
  • Heartfelt story.

    5
    By LaurenTaylor19
    This is amazingly touching story that brings light to post-apartheid South Africa.
  • Born a crime...Trevor Noah

    5
    By Amy Robach
    I couldnt put it down... It got better and better and wow the ending.
  • Highly Recommend

    5
    By Nilly2016
    Highly recommend! Great Read!
  • eye-opening and remarkably done

    5
    By KLG0917
    Awesome,touching,loving,shocking - all of the above. great read!
  • Thoroughly entertaining

    5
    By Thatcher Hobron
    Loved the writing. Trevor is a great storyteller.
  • Born A Crime

    5
    By EKluber
    Trevor Noah is not only a great funny adorable comedian. He can write in the most compellingly descriptive way, making me feel like I was running with him when he ran, crying with him when he cried, and doing all sorts of crazy things that only Trevor could have thought of doing at such a young age. More power to you, Trevor. Your Mother raised you well. Continue making us laugh and learn. You are one hell of a man! I hope my daughter marries someone like you.
  • Top1

    5
    By JamieThorn
    I give this a true Top1!!!! It has a story of strength, compassion,truth, and love! I recommend this to anyone even if you don't like to read this will give you the love of reading !!! Thank you for sharing your true life story Trevor Noah!
  • Born a Sin

    5
    By LisaF68
    I respect Noah even more after reading this book. Awesome!!!
  • Trevor Noah Is a Blessing!

    5
    By Ghostwriter63
    I cannot believe how good this book was it’s a page turner and I don’t even like autobiographies and this is one of the best books I’ve ever read.
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