Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah, 288 pages.

Trevor Noah tells a very interesting story of growing up with a black mother and white father in South Africa during the time Apartheid was in its last stages. While a lot of his early life was shaped by the big policies of his country and the enormous changes to those policies, and to the country, his life was also shaped by his incredible mother and brothers, as well as the absence of his father and the presence of his increasingly abusive step-father. Anyone who enjoys The Daily Show with Trevor Noah will enjoy this book, as will fans of celebrity memoir (though this is better written and spends less time looking at celebrity and the famous life than almost any other book by a celebrity). This book also provides a unique (though sidelong) view of South Africa at a time when Apartheid was unraveling. Cool and captivating.

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