"Born a Crime" was written by Trevor Noah, host of the award-winning "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central. Noah was born during apartheid in South Africa, the child of a Black mother and a white father. The book's title refers to the fact that the union of such a couple was illegal at the time of his birth.
In this moving memoir, Noah shares his experiences grappling with his identity and coping with racism. He also reflects on the influence his family had on his life, particularly his mother. With his lighthearted approach to meaningful topics, Noah invites readers to contemplate a range of issues relevant to the world today.
"[Noah's] electrifying memoir sparkles with funny stories...and his candid and compassionate essays deepen our perception of the complexities of race, gender, and class."
"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
Parent-child relationships and family complexities
Social economic status/poverty
Code-switching as a mechanism for survival
Apartheid and group think
Criminal justice system inequities
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