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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah was born to a black mother and white father in South Africa during apartheid. His very existence was a threat to the system of oppression designed to divide and dominate the people of South Africa. His parents not only could not marry, neither could even acknowledge him as their son in public. Because he did not fit in with any group, Trevor spent a lot of time observing others so he could learn to blend in anywhere. He did this through language, and especially through humor. Despite living in poverty and constantly under threat of violence, Trevor followed the example of his strong and courageous mother in trying to understand why the world was the way it was, and then expect more of it.

The story of Trevor’s childhood sheds light on aspects of South Africa during and after apartheid not often discussed in the western world. It is both educational and entertaining, and is recommended for readers in high school and up. The author narrates the audio version of this book, which is highly recommended for those interested.


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