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Born A Crime

byTrevor Noah

Hardcover | November 15, 2016

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The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime New York Times bestseller about 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 eighteen personal essays 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.
TREVOR NOAH is the host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show. He first joined the show as a contributor in 2014 and succeeded Jon Stewart as host in 2015. While The Daily Show has introduced Noah to an American audience, he's long been a popular comedian around the globe. Born in South Africa to a black South African m...
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Title:Born A CrimeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.52 × 6.44 × 1.06 inPublished:November 15, 2016Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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Born A Crime
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by Trevor Noah

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read Incredibly interesting and difficult to put down. Very insightful.
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it! I highly recommend this book. Funny, honest and serious!
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Honest and heartwarming Trevor Noah gives an honest glimpse into what life in South Africa during the Apartheid was like. Definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best memoirs!! If you have the opportunity, please listen to the audio version of this book!! It was amazing with Trevor speaking the different languages. His mother is an amazing woman!
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Lighthearted and honest, a great education on Apartheid and entertaining read at the same time. Definitely a memoir I would recommend.
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read. This book is great. Trevor Noah finds a perfect balance between being funny and serious. His life story to date is very interesting and his journey to where he is now is pretty remarkable. A great read for anyone.
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from nice easy read Its nice to read about the experiences that now define him as a person and individual.He has really come a long way to talk show host and comedian in America.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Interesting! I read this book in two days because I just found it so interesting. Growing up in South Africa is vastly different than growing up in a suburb in Ontario. It's amazing how he took all those experiences and made it part of his comedy routine years later. It also blows my mind that some of those instances haven't haunted him for life. Great read!
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I love Trevor Noah as a comedian and a writer. His story needs to be told. It should be a movie!
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Truly Magnificent Exploration Of Life Trevor Noah does an amazing job of using his incredible comedic abilities to explore the more difficult topics surrounding apartheid South Africa. By approaching these subject in a hilarious way, they become far more digestible to the audience. This is overall and entertaining and honest story of coming of age and the trials of life. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I have read books by so many celebrities, especially comedians, and this was by far my favourite. Rather than just silly essays about an actor growing up in America, this book showed a real childhood in a less privileged country. I couldn't help but read the book in Trevor Noah's voice which made it even better. I also loved the educational side as I learned a lot I did not know about Apartheid and South Africa during and following that period.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So good Funny, interesting read and historically educational
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. This book made me laugh, made me cry... it was all around good book. You can hear Trevor Noah speaking through his words. Audio book is supposed to be even better!
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read Trevor Noah does a very good job of making you laugh and making you think at the same time. His perspective on life is really refreshing and it comes across very clearly in this book. Although I am a big fan of his as the host of The Daily Show, I don't think you need to know anything about him to enjoy and gain something from this book. Highly recommend giving it a read.
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enlightening and entertaining Love this book, funny and insightful. Interesting glimpse into the life of an intelligent and funny man.
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really loved this book Trevor Noah is not only a great comedian, but is also a wonderful writer. I really enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Enjoyed Book was Funny and left you thinking. Fantastic.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Trevor Noah is great. I love him on the Daily Show and in his stand up, which is why I bought the book. Its great because not only is it funny but it really makes you reflect on your own life.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and thought provoking Noah is very funny, intelligent and a great writer. This is a great read, especially if you're a fan of his show and stand up. #PlumReview
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book! This book is amazing, it made me laugh and think! Such a beautifully written story!
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth It I listened to this via audio book. Trevor Noah is one of the most effortless narrators I've ever listened to. It feels like he is sitting down with you, telling you his life story. This is probably one of the best memoirs I have ever read.
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting A good read and not what I was expecting.
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than I expected I didn't know much about Trevor Noah prior to this book, and only picked it up because of the rave reviews it was getting. It was very interesting to learn about the politics of South Africa, as well as the relationship he had with his mother.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intelligent, funny, and sad at times funny yet serious book about growing up part-black in South Africa. Intelligently written. Each chapter a new adventure. Amazing how a mother’s love and support alters the life trajectory for this young man. Really enjoyed his “tales.”
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great learning As well as being warm, funny, and disturbing, this book is highly educational. Definitely worth reading!
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth it ! It is a great memoir of a type of life I could never imagine if I tried. It was a little boring at parts but for the most part it was funny, honest, heart breaking and heart warming all at the same time.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good! Enjoyed learning about Trevor Noah's early life.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read! This is an excellent memoir. Heartbreaking and hilarious all at once. I only wish there had been some pictures - his descriptions of his friends and the outfits they wore were very funny. He tells the story of his devastatingly difficult childhood with humour and grace.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read Trevor Noah has had an incredibly interesting life!
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An easy read. Trevor Noah draws you in for the very beginning. He'll make you laugh through heartbreaking situations. You can't help but love this book.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A compelling and heart warming read One of the favourite autobiographies of all time! I couldn't put it down it was so good. Trevor Noah writes in such a way that you instantly connect with him. You laugh at the absurdity of some of his situations, you cry at others. well worth the read.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible read. A fantastic book! I really enjoyed this book. You get a personal perspective of life in South Africa during the Apartheid. You get to know Trevor Noah before his career as a comedian. I was reading this book with interest and anticipation. The first I read this Summer.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I mean, who doesn't love Trevor Noah The book was well written, and you can see his intelligence shine through. However, i expected a few more laughs. I would also say this book is more about his mom then himself. You don't get to know too much about him, and any info on his comedy career was completely left out. Overall, the book is great and provides an insight on South Africa that many of us wouldn't realize.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well written I was already a fan of his and this book only made me love him even more. Absolutely fascinating read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating I spent a few months in South Africa in 2009 and knew I just barely scratched the surface of this complex country. Trevor Noah's book dives further below the surface (there is still A LOT to learn) but takes you on a tour of the history's political, social, and cultural history through his teenage eyes. It's fascinating, accessible, and lighthearted despite the often-grim subject matter. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny Really enjoyed this book. Was really interesting to have humour alongside stories of the realities of life during apartheid.
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from started it after breakfast finished it by supper! One of the best books that I have read in a very long time, equal parts heartbreaking and hilarious! I actually bought this book for my Mom as a belated Mother's Day gift, and she also loved it.
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I read it in 2 days, it was that good! Trevor Noah writes just as well as he speaks, maybe better. His memoir is fresh and honest. He has such a such an interesting perspective as he did not fit into any of the usual categories of the class and race systems of SA.
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fun Read A lovely book that encompasses the hardships, childhood, history, and the becoming of the comedian we all know and love today. You can feel Trevor Noah's personality and humor as your read this book. Highly recommended and very hard to put down.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New favourite Perfect balance of biography, history, politics, and comedy. This feels true to Trevor Noah's character - a genuine story
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved it! One of the best memoirs I've ever read. There are some delicate subjects covered in Born a Crime, including domestic abuse and race relations, but Trevor Noah manages to toe the line between humour and honesty, and the book is an absolute delight to read because of his unique perspective. I devoured this in one sitting, I can't recommend it enough.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved his perspective Trevor Noah offered a fresh perspective on a difficult life. It felt real, it was funny and it was heartbreaking. A fantastic first novel!
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful The perfect mix of humour, faith and horrific accounts of apartheid and abusive husbands. Trevor Noah led quite a life in South Africa and it was a pleasure reading about it through his eyes. I loved that his mom was able to find humour in the darkest of places and that it is so clearly reflected in the work that Trevor does nowadays.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Insights I love his humour, and his show, this book reveals some very deep and intimate details of growing up where he did and all he had to deal with.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Interesting read with enjoyable humour, Love Trevor Noah !
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever1 I read this book in less than a day! It was that good and hilarious
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best read in a while! Could not put down Born a Crime. It was indeed the best book I have read in a while. Trevor Noah has the ability to make you think and laugh out loud, all at the same time. His mother is an inspiring force of nature and this book is a tribute to how well she managed both during and after the apartheid.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Big fan of the daily show and like Trevor Noah over Jon Stewart. This is a great book that Noah's wit shines through; excellent stories. Great read
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny, In-Depth, and Emotional Read I love Trevor Noah, so this was a must-have for me. I don't usually read memoirs/autobiographies, but having heard some of his life story before, I was interested. And I'm so glad I got to read this book. It was such an eye-opener for white people who I think often take their situation for granted. It gave me so much respect for the cultures in South Africa and what they endured, and continue to endure there, and it was a little daunting to read about Trevor's experiences as a mixed child who identified as black more often than white. The book carried his whit and humour (I could hear his voice every time I read a line), and he managed to bring a little light to certain dark situations in his past. For me, the highlight was reading about his mother. What an incredible woman, a force of nature who bowed to no one and gave everything for her children. This was such a joy to read, and it definitely brings to light how different some worlds are from each other. I recommend it to pretty much everyone, to be honest. This makes you think twice about the world and the role that race plays in it, and is a great tale of courage and love. Definitely worth picking up!
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A powerful yet witty story Trevor's comedic style combined with his poignant story of growing up under Apartheid in South Africa, provoked deep thought and a lot of laughter. I learned so much about South Africa and its people that I didn't know before, yet reading this memoir was like listening to a storyteller, but in written form, not like reading the usual dry biography that tries too hard to be profound and humourous, without succeeding. Trevor Noah is a gifted writer and it took a lot of courage to share such personal stories from his life. This is the most well-written and entertaining memoir that I have read to date.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this! Trevor did an amazing job on this one! He managed to write about the history of apartheid, how it affected him growing up, his past mistakes, his relationship with his mom & dad, heartache, heartbreak all the while making you laugh....except at the last sentence where I shed a tear. Amazing book, I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this! Trevor did an amazing job on this one! He managed to write about the history of apartheid, how it affected him growing up, his past mistakes, his relationship with his mom & dad, heartache, heartbreak all the while making you laugh....except at the last sentence where I shed a tear. Amazing book, I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it Trevor Noah's writing is funny and makes you think at the same time. I loved it!
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring Trevor's ability to insert humour into a book that focuses primarily on apartheid Africa gives a unique perspective. When reading the book you can hear Trevor's voice and feel the emotion that he is conveying. Truly amazing.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it He puts humour into the horrible reality of racism and hardship growing up in South Africa. Great read.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting This really is quite an interesting memoir of growing up in South Africa. It shows how despite coming from a basically poor background he was able to rise above both discrimination and poverty and make a successful career for himself. Congratulations Trevor.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious & Hard-Hitting I only had a vague idea of who Trevor Noah is prior to reading this book (male, comedian) but, even so, this is one of the most fascinating memoirs I have ever read. Every word feels authentic and not one story felt sensationalized, despite the fact that Noah's childhood was far from what we'd call "ordinary" from a North American perspective. The narrative wasn't chronological and things felt a bit jumbled at times; but, for me, it made the entire book feel like a conversation over coffee... memories being shared as they were remembered. I would be laughing out loud one moment, only to find myself crying a couple pages later. I very much enjoyed Noah's writing and was particularly moved/affected by his thoughts on crime, poverty, and climbing out of poverty. I closed this book with not only a better, more "personal" understanding of apartheid but also a lot to think about with regard to how we view poverty, welfare, and crime as a society.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpectedly good read I bough this book mostly out of curiosity (and because it was on sale), but didn't have high expectations from it. I've read books by stand-up comedians and TV personalities before -- like Tina Fey's "Bossypants" -- and they're usually very light reads, focusing more on entertainment. Trevor Noah's book is much more than that. It's an interesting book, that gives us a good understanding of what it's like to grow up poor, under Apartheid. I finished it in less than 2 days.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Memoir A great memoir which I enjoyed reading and couldn't put down. It deals with some heavy subject matters including apartheid and domestic violence but is interspersed with Trevor's humour and wit and the stories are truly told so naturally, I often heard Trevor's voice in my head as narrator. I do need to add that Trevor's mother sounds like an amazing human being who for the most part, managed to keep true to herself, her faith, her values and her loved ones despite all the challenges she faced. I found that very inspiring.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read Well-written book giving insight into Trevor Noah's life growing up in South Africa. The way the stories are told are seamlessly weaved into one another. Very enjoyable, couldn't put it down. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A literal laugh out loud Hard times won't keep him down! Inspirational and very very fun. Loved it.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You'll love it I have a new respect for Trevor Noah. His upbringing was hard at times, but he has such an uplifting, and at times hilarious, way of looking at it.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! Amazing and easy to read! Laugh out loud funny.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laugh out Loud in Public It was a great, inspirational yet honest read about his life and the troubling politics and racism in South Africa; Trevor Noah is a great storyteller. I couldn't put the book down and many times I've laughed out in public. His upbringing is truly inspirational, funny and emotional. Not knowing much about South Africa's culture, Trevor outlines it with a good amount of humour and a good amount of realism. I am very happy for his well-deserved success.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal! Trevor Noah's story is heart wrenching, hilarious, and uplifting all at once. An absolute must read.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This book is everything: laugh-out-loud hilarious, informative, sad and thought-provoking.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very interesting stories!! I don't watch The Daily Show, and I only catch clips of it on YouTube sometimes. When I found out Trevor Noah wrote a book, I wanted to read it since his story sounded interesting. I'm the same age as Trevor, but I grew up in Toronto. To be honest, I didn't know anything about South Africa's history, so reading his story was so interesting. Also it gave me a totally different perspective of how lives can be so different. Trevor's story during the Apartheid, is definitely different from those who grew up with him, and that is what makes it so interest. I definitely recommend this book!
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing! I bought this book after reading about it and I could not put it down. amazing story, written in a captivating way. it was so good I was sad when I finished it.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ THIS NOW What a super entertaining, thought provoking read. If you love "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" - then I think this is a no brainer. He brings his sense of humour and witty commentary to examining life in South Africa as it transitioned from apartheid to post-apartheid. Each chapter starts off with a sub-chapter - a few pages that provides the reader with background knowledge of the history of South Africa / the people / apartheid and it's ideology. From that Noah would then led into an often hilarious account of how that particular law/rule/ideology didn't actually work in practice. I laughed out loud - some were a little crass, but all told tongue in cheek with lots of humour. I genuinely enjoyed all aspects of Noah's story - but in particular the final chapter about his mother. What a smart, tough, dedicated woman. I enjoyed their relationship and reading of his love for her. Highly recommended read
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and very interesting I enjoy Trevor on the Daily Show and his stand-up, and this book is funny but it is also informative and interesting.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating I am absolutely loving this. It explores, from one person's point of view, what it is like to grow up in post-apartheid South Africa. Especially given his unique perspective. The audio book version is even better because you get to enjoy Trevor's narration, his accent as well as correct pronunciation of African language words
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Evocative I first picked up this book because I enjoyed watching Trevor Noah on the Daily Show. This book is fantastic. He's lived such an interesting life and the writing is so clear that you feel as though you've been transported into his childhood. It is also a great commentary on race and very clearly illustrates that race is a social construct. Great read. I am looking forward to what he does next.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT! So awesome and incredibly funny, a must-read for everyone.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious and heartfelt A beautifully funny personal account. It interweaves the racist political climate of South Africa through the focused relationship of a mixed boy and his inspirational mother. I have spent the week listening to this in my car and could not wait to get in the car to listen to more. As a commuter anything that makes me want to get in my car is a God sent. I highly recommend this book it will have you laughing until tears and then crying from heartbreak.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must-read Brilliant! Perhaps the only time I'll take Trevor Noah to bed but he made me laugh, made me feel and educated me on what apartheid was really like. Definitely the best non-fiction/memoir I've read in the past year.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Laugh out funny. Great read Great read, I could totally related, having lived in South Africa for a few years just after Mandela was released from prison. Though some stuff in the book was heartbreaking, it was said with humour.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow What an impressive way to tell your own story, I am in awe by how self-aware he is even though these events happened just a few years ago. It was a real page turner. Reading this, I understand why he was chosen to take over the Daily Show.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow this is such a great book!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow What a story and extremely well written. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No Words Such a raw real lens to view the world of Apartheid South Africa. Made me giggle, then bring me to the verge of tears while always making me think critically of what a different world I live in.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! Trevor isn't the best writer out there but that small fault is easily outweighed by his wicked sense of humour and thought provoking narrative. The relationship between him and his mother is truly unique and powerful. Definitely worth the read!
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Hilarious, interesting and simply written. I loved reading this.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible book. I have never read a book like this before. It is the story of a child's life growing up in Africa during the apartheid. You will be amazed at the incredible incidents that Trevor lived through during these life threatening times. I am in awe of his writing. He is able to reflect humor where possible. His personal stories left me appreciating everything that I have. A profound book and a 'must read'!
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really fun to read. Interesting story about life during apartheid. Also educational. Worth the time. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible. The laughs will grab your attention, but the journey is magnificent and heartrending.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprising, uplifting amazing book I read this book thinking I would learn about Trevor Noah and laugh. It truly surprised me learning many aspect I didn't know about South Africa and the life there. Of course he might put a funny tone on his stories, but I really admire him so much more now. The best book I read in a long time, amazing and truly recommended.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and Eye Opening A light approach to a serious topic. Trevor Noah's experiences as a mixed race child of post Apartheid South Africa, teaches about the power of belonging and his personal quest for identity. One of the best books I've read in a long time.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone should read this Humourous and at times heart breaking. A worthy read.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book I read in 2016 Whether you know Trevor Noah or not from The Daily Show, it doesn't matter. This book is a phenomenal read as he shares stories of his upbringing in South Africa being born from a white father and a black mother during Apartheid - thereby making his very existence illegal. It's an eye-opening and compelling book that I actually procrastinated on finishing because I didn't want it to be over. While this isn't a humour book, Trevor's sense of humour comes through in his writing. Born a Crime is about his life before his career takes him to the U.S. A truly fantastic book that I cannot recommend it enough!
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looking forward to this one it's in my tbr, looking forward to reading it.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful Commentary Amazing story of a man we might not necessarily have known a ton about. Humour mixed in with really heartfelt and at some times heart-wrenching circumstances.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling, enjoyable read Noah's memoir about growing up and coming of age in South Africa during and after apartheid was a quick, engaging read for me. I enjoyed his perspectives on the complexities of race, culture, and class, but ultimately, I loved the stories about his mother - a delightful, unique, and 100% interesting person in her own right.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent, thought-provoking read I loved this book. On the surface, you might think you're getting a comedy memoir but that's not the case. Although it is humorous at times, the book is a compelling read about race, cultural identity, and a beautiful tribute to his mother. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Although a memoir, this book read very much like a novel. You'll find yourself questioning which era some of these stories are from. Could this possibly take place at a time when I was alive? Though heartbreaking at some moments, Noah does not let down fans of his comedic self. Hilarious at times, gut-wrenching at others, inspiring throughout.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read! truly sad and heartbreaking hearing stories during apartheid, though trevor does a good job of giving the readers a good balance of both the history making us laugh with his anecdotes.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Utterly compelling An utterly compelling memoir that leaves you savouring every word till the very last page, one that actually imparts wisdom and teaches you a thing or two about race and relationships. Firstly, I didn't know much of Trevor Noah prior to reading "Born A Crime" but now I feel like a buddy of his who has been alongside with him in his youth. Except let's be honest, I couldn't possibly be because of how unique his perspective and coming-of-age story is (and that I'll never be cool enough to be part of his entourage). His personal accounts were very anecdotal, jumping through different ages of his life, which sometimes made it hard pin-pointing at what stage of his childhood it was happening in yet that never felt like an obstacle in wanting to know more about Noah's life. He is so genuine in his eloquence in conveying the thoughts and reasonings of his younger self, which ultimately provides a glimpse into who Trevor Noah is as a person now. Secondly, I didn't know much of South Africa's history outside of the Apartheid, and even then, my knowledge of the Apartheid was superficially slim. "Born A Crime" is of the voice of someone who lived through that period, and not just any voice, but of a voice of someone straddling and struggling amongst multiple identities as a mixed child. Noah shares his keen insight into the circumstances in which he was born into within a much larger context of a country and her people looking to establish their own identity after times of turmoil. There are just so many of Noah's anecdotes that I want to talk to with people. About that time his mom threw him out of a moving vehicle, or the one about his very eventful prom night, maybe about his CD-burning business or that DJ dance job with Hitler at a Jewish school, and definitely about his mom's miracle. There is plenty to take away from "Born A Crime", from the everlasting ties between a mother and son, to the injustices inflicted on the vulnerable by the society they are meant to be a part of, even to something that boils down to this: "I understand that you have a culture and identity that exists beyond me. I see you as a human being."
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read I recommend this to a friend
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book I love to watch his tv show (the daily show) and I was interested in his family history. I knew very little about south africa apartheid. This is an amazing glimpse into how it was like to live during this time.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A personal and political account of what it's like to grow up in South Africa. It is sometimes weird to see him at the desk where Jon Stewart used to slay conservative politicians and pundits alike. In all honesty, I’ve never really acclimated to seeing him there. I’m a big fan of Jon Stewart. He is the one who got me interested in American politics after all. Satire or not, The Daily Show was even more educational than any other cable news on air. When I learned that Stewart was quitting and was being replaced by this unknown comedian, I was saddened. Because I knew things will never be the same. I’m not gonna lie, I have not watched a single episode of the show ever since he left. Aside from snippets shown on their Facebook page, I’ve never actually sat through a full episode. So when the opportunity to read and review this book came my way, I had to grab the chance. Because I wanted to know a little about this man. I wanted to know how a South African comedian charmed his way into the annals of a sometimes entertaining, more often frustrating American political satire arena. During the presidential election campaign, he’s become more prominent because he assumed Jon Stewart’s role with great gusto. He was funny and candid; harsh and honest. But as I observed him during the few moments that I’ve seen his shtick, there’s still a bit of him that’s a little uncomfortable. Like, he couldn’t fully play the role of a man commenting on the absurdities of the American politics and life. Like he doesn’t belong. I’ve never seen his comedic act before hosting The Daily Show, but it is more or less in this book where he recounts the tales of growing up during and after apartheid. And the stories are funny, sometimes bleak, and in turns, alarming. He tells us that because he was born out of wedlock and a “half-white”, “half-black”, he didn’t really find acceptance. The only way he could spend time with his Swiss-national father was away from the scrutiny of the public. And because he’s light-skinned, they sometimes resorted to pretending his mother was his nanny. His world was inside the gates of their home because his grandmother feared he would get abducted. He spent most of his time alone but he claimed he was never lonely. He read a lot of books and was perfectly comfortable being in the company of himself. Language, he learned early on, was the key to hiding the fact that he didn’t belong in either white or black community. Because if he could speak a variety of languages, kids could respect him. If you spoke to me in Zulu, I replied to you in Zulu. If you spoke to me in Tswana, I replied to you in Tswana. Maybe I didn’t look like you, but if I spoke like you, I was you.” His mother was, by all accounts, the constant figure in his life that made him the man that he is. A woman who never lost faith in her God no matter the odds. The woman who took her kids to three churches on Sundays, whom at one point, threw Trevor off the bus, then jumped with his brother in her arms, to get away from an inevitable rape, and worst, death. She was a woman with conviction who knew what she wanted even if it meant a lifetime of ridicule and persecution because she’d “born a crime”, a half-white child whose Swiss-German father could never really own him. And amidst poverty, hardship, and violence, raised Trevor and his brother with the same dreams and hopes as any loving mother would do. “For my mother. My first fan. Thank you for making me a man,” he writes in his dedication. It is true that without his mother and her defiant spirit, he’d never be where he is right now. One of the biggest South African exports, a boy who grew up in small towns and one who was always looking for a place to belong.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from riveting what a terrible way to lilve
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! I enjoy watching Trevor on the Daily Show but was not familiar with his history. This memoir is intelligent, humourous, and compelling. I learned quite a bit about Apartheid in South Africa and the horrors associated with it. Yet the story was told with charm and wit. At the same time, there is social commentary mixed in about how ridiculous "rules" can be, particularly when they can be argued with simple logic. I found many passages in the book to be quite astute and I would highly recommend this book to anyone!
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must in any shelf Definetly want my future kids to read this. It delivers life lessons with great humour.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read enjoyed the read. Interesting and funny
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read Hilarious and very fun to read
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Very funny, well worth the read. He's funny on tv and it comes through on paper too. Great perspective
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Hilarious Read This book is very funny and represents how the world is one joke.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Was pleasantly surprised. Really interesting and funny.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book was inspiring and funny. Totally worth the read. I love every second of it. You get to have a glimpse into a world so different from your own.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Humour and History This book was a great window into life during the apartheid. Noah expertly weaves humour with history and politics making the book quiet an interesting read
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful Great insight into South African history. Noah used humour to disarm the more troubling parts of the story. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! It is a very interesting read. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Great book, loved every word of it.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome read! Bought this book for a friend of mine, she really enjoyed it!
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Read Bought it for my cousin and read it after, did not disappoint.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I bought this book for my mom, and she absolutely loved the book and was pleased that I bought it for her! I would suggest reading this book!
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Boring Kids don't like it is super boring
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read. Loved it This was an amazing book a must buy!
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Trevor Noah is a amazing writer and person. He makes you realized that there is so much improvement we need in our society and that other countries have it worst than we do. I'm quite proud living Canada but I also see we need some improvements in our society. Highly recommend reading this book.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Salute You Trevor! While reading this book you can't help but want to thank Trevor Noah for writing this masterful piece of Literature. It gives a great understanding of not only living under Apartheid but most of all how fortunate we are to live in the western world. Everyone who lives in this part of the hemisphere should read this work of art. Thank you Trevor for willing to share the earlier part of your childhood story with the world.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very emotional Read Reading this book, I can definitely hear Trevor Noah's voice narrating it. The first part I am reading through is very emotional because I cannot imagine living in apartheid South Africa, the challenges that he and his mother faced were just horrendous. This is a great book to read if you want to truly understand apartheid in South Africa. This book so far has made me really thankful for living in Canada but it also makes me realize there is so much to improve in our society. This book will make you think a lot but you will also get to really know Trevor Noah and what he went through to get to where he is today.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read and Gift It Book Could not put this down! Trevor Noah's story of growing up in South Africa is insightful, heartfelt, informative and at times laugh out loud funny. Wonderfully written, this is a story that will help you understand apartheid, growing up with imagination and hardship, and most of all what it means to not fit in. "I became a chameleon. My colour did not change, but I could change your perception of my colour". Buy this for your friends, family, or book club.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD Without a doubt one of the best books I've read this year. Trevor's recounting of his life growing up in South Africa as a poor, bi-racial boy who fit in everywhere but nowhere at the same time had innumerable moments of laugh out loud humour, and ended with me in tears. His cadence is fresh and buoyant, and his storytelling ability vibrantly familiar. Born a Crime should undoubtedly be considered part of the Millennial biography canon, and will be a book I will recommend endlessly in the foreseeable future.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Read You don't have to be a Trevor fan to love this book! I am a fan & fell even more in love. Find a millennial and make them read this.
Date published: 2016-11-20

Editorial Reviews

National BestsellerA New York Times BestsellerWinner of the 2017 Thurber Prize for American HumourA New York Times Top Book of 2016An Esquire Best BookA CBC Best BookAn NPR Best BookA Booklist Editors' Choice, 2016"[A] compelling new memoir. . . . By turns alarming, sad and funny, [the] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah's family, at life in South Africa under apartheid and the country's lurching entry into a postapartheid era in the 1990s." —The New York Times "[A] stirring memoir. . . . Noah proves to be a gifted storyteller, able to deftly lace his poignant tales with amusing irony." —Entertainment Weekly "Born a Crime is an engaging, fast-paced and vivid read. . . . The book is essential reading not only because it is a personal story of survival, leavened with insight and wit, but because it does more to expose apartheid—its legacy, its pettiness, its small-minded stupidity and its damage—than any other recent history book or academic text." —The Guardian (UK)"[A] substantial collection of staggering personal essays. . . . Incisive, funny and vivid, these true tales are anchored to his portrait of his courageous, rebellious and religious mother who defied racially restrictive laws to secure an education and a career for herself—and to have a child with a white Swiss/German even though sex between whites and blacks was illegal. . . . [Trevor 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." —Booklist, starred review "A gritty memoir . . . studded with insight and provocative social criticism . . . with flashes of brilliant storytelling and acute observations." —Kirkus Reviews"[Noah's] story of surviving—and thriving—is mind-blowing." —Cosmopolitan"Noah's memoir is extraordinary in its observations of South Africa in the years when apartheid crumbled. It's equally unusual in the troubling personal story it tells. Throw in Noah's sharp, droll prose style, and you have a book that feels like essential reading on every level." —The Seattle Times "What makes Born a Crime such a soul-nourishing pleasure, even with all its darker edges and perilous turns, is reading Noah recount in brisk, warmly conversational prose how he learned to negotiate his way through the bullying and ostracism. . . . What also helped was having a mother like Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah. . . . Consider Born a Crime another such gift to her—and an enormous gift to the rest of us." —USA Today"You'd be hard-pressed to find a comic's origin story better than the one Trevor Noah serves up in Born a Crime." —O: The Oprah Magazine"Witty and revealing . . . Noah's story is the story of modern South Africa; though he enjoyed some privileges of the region's slow Westernization, his formative years were shaped by poverty, injustice and violence. Noah is quick with a disarming joke, and he skillfully integrates the parallel narratives via interstitial asides between chapters. . . . Perhaps the most harrowing tales are those of his abusive stepfather, which form the book's final act (and which Noah cleverly foreshadows throughout earlier chapters), but equally prominent are the laugh-out-loud yarns about going to the prom and the differences between 'White Church' and 'Black Church.'" —Publishers Weekly, starred review"[Noah] thrives with the help of his astonishingly fearless mother. . . . Their fierce bond makes this story soar." —People"Extraordinarily heartfelt, compulsively enriching . . . a hell of a memoir. . . . With his debut book, Mr. Noah produces a striking, evocative, constantly surprising, tremendously heartbreaking, persistently funny and absorbing true-life account, one that never fails to capture his clear-eyed conviction, echoing pathos, sharp perception and sense of humor. . . . Trevor Noah is a rich storyteller." —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"Humorous and heartbreaking." —Los Angeles Times