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Born a crime: stories from a South African childhood

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Grouped Work ID41e9b462-6004-e496-97ca-cc00188bb56d
Grouping Titleborn a crime stories from a south african childhood
Grouping Authortrevor noah
Grouping Categorybook
Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
Last Grouping Update2021-01-17 07:38:19AM
Last Indexed2021-01-17 07:51:08AM
Novelist Primary ISBN9780399588174

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display_description#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 TimesUSA 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
“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
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subject_facetApartheid -- South Africa
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Comedians -- South Africa
Comedians -- South Africa -- Biography
Comedians -- United States -- Biography
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Noah, Trevor, -- 1984-
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title_displayBorn a crime : stories from a South African childhood
title_fullBorn a Crime Stories from a South African Childhood
Born a crime : stories from a South African childhood / Trevor Noah
Born a crime [sound recording] : stories from a South African childhood / Trevor Noah
title_shortBorn a crime
title_substories from a South African childhood
Biography & Autobiography
Humor (Nonfiction)
Noah, Trevor
Performing Arts
Racially mixed people
Television personalities
Xhosa (African people)