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Born a Crime : Stories from a South African Childhood (Hardcover) (Trevor Noah)

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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 followedNAMED 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 bris
Number of Pages: 224
Genre: Humor, Biography + Autobiography, Performing Arts
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Trevor Noah
Language: English
Street Date: November 15, 2016
TCIN: 51527913
UPC: 9780399588174
Item Number (DPCI): 059-01-1883
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Ginny 8 months ago
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Great read ! It was so touching and I learned a lot about South Africa. I love Trevor Noah even more after reading it.
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K 1 year ago
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I actually checked this book out from the Library and enjoyed it so much, I bought it for my family. If you are not a Trevor Noah fan now, his endearing and humorous tales about growing up in South Africa will spark the flame. It arrived in less than a week and now I'm third in line to reread it.
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Born A Crime

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LSCM 1 year ago
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I brought this book as a gift for my daughter. She has been reading it and is enjoying it. She's been share excerts from it. She really likes Trevor Noah as well.
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Trevor Noah, Born a Crume

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Sharon Evans 1 year ago
I bought 2 of these books as gifts. I'm sure they will like it. Trevor Noah is a great entertainer/comedian
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david m 1 year ago
Awesome book so far & actually got earlier than expected
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Very educational with a little humor

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Bushra Kabir 1 year ago
I love this book. I'm learning a lot about South Africa reading it but also about one of my favorite faces on TV. There is so much personality in it, all kinds of emotions including humor. Trevor Noah is a great and intelligent storyteller!
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