Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
The title of this memoir by Trevor Noah, a hugely successful South African comedian and the host of The Daily Show, refers to the fact that his birth was evidence of a criminal offense, the union between a white man and a black woman in apartheid South Africa.
Kept loosely hidden for the first few years of his life, Noah’s stories are funny and poignant. Whether he is navigating Catholic school, burning down a house (accident!), or dodging his abusive stepfather, Noah’s irrepressible spirit keeps him moving forward. That and his mother.
Although ostensibly Noah’s memoir, Born a Crime is really the story of his unconventional, obstinate, deeply religious mother, without whom Noah wouldn’t be in a position to write a memoir at all.
What Other Reviewers Say
Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times. “[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…In the end, 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.”
Who Wrote it
Trevor Noah is a comedian and the host of The Daily Show.