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Trevor Noah

Born A Crime

Born A Crime

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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 PASTE'S BEST MEMOIRS OF THE DECADE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani; New York Times • USA Today • San Francisco Chronicle • NPR • Esquire • Newsday • 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"

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