Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood – Trevor Noah (2016)

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Trevor Noah, now the host of the popular comedy news show The Daily Show, wrote a book of essays of his childhood growing up during and after apartheid in South Africa. The New York Times bestseller features both funny and touching accounts of growing up in a place where violence and racism are a daily occurrence – a fact rather than a potentiality. Noah writes of a strong mother, whom he credits for the life he has now. He writes of living in a country with so many official languages, often neighbours cannot communicate with each other. He writes of growing up as an other, in a country where race is governmentally constructed to incite hate and fear amongst its citizens. Noah’s book is at times funny, sad, hilarious, scary, but always honest. He tells his stories in a self deprecating way, which lends humour to otherwise dark, depressing tales. Fans of Noah, as well as the curious, and those who wish to understand first hand what apartheid felt like, should all read this book. (285 pages)

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