A New York Times Bestseller
Oprah Magazine Pick of Best Memoirs
A New York Times Best Book of 2016
A Washington Post Best Audiobook of 2017
The 2018 Audie Award Winner for Best Male Narrator
An Esquire Magazine Best Book of the Year
An NPR Best Book of the Year
A 2018 Audie Audiobook of the Year Finalist
A 2018 Audie Award Finalist for Best Autobiography/Memoir Narration
A 2018 Audie Award Finalist for Best Narration by the Author
An Audible Editors Top Pick of Road Trip Audiobooks
Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
A Library Journal Best Audiobook of 2017
One of Newsday’s Favorite Books of the Year
A Booklist Best Book of 2016
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
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.
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