Born a Crime (Random House LCC US)

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#1  NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER & #8226   The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man& #8217 s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed NAMED ONE OF PASTE& #8217 S BEST MEMOIRS OF THE DECADE & #8226 NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani, New York Times & #8226 USA Today & #8226 San Francisco Chronicle & #8226 NPR & #8226   Esquire & #8226 Newsday & #8226 Booklist Trevor Noah& #8217 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& #8217 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& #8217 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& #8217 s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother& #8212 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& #8217 s unconventional, unconditional love. Praise for Born a Crime   & #8220 [A] compelling new memoir . . . By turns alarming, sad and funny, [Trevor Noah& #8217 s] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah& #8217 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& #8217 s remarkable mother.& #8221 & #8212 Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times & #8220 [An] unforgettable memoir.& #8221 & #8212 Parade   & #8220 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& #8212 and an enormous gift to the rest of us.& #8221 & #8212 USA Today & #8220 [Noah] thrives with the help of his astonishingly fearless mother. . . . Their fierce bond makes this story soar.& #8221 & #8212 People