Trevor Noah – Born a Crime (2016)

Kate recommended this book. I’m glad she did. It’s a fantastic insight into growing up in South Africa as Apartheid was ending.

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood is an autobiographical comedy book written by the American comedian Trevor Noah. …

Noah has been the host of The Daily Show  on Comedy Central, since 28 September 2015.

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The son of a Xhosa mother and a Swiss-German father, Mr. Noah recalls that “the only time I could be with my father was indoors”: “If we left the house, he’d have to walk across the street from us.” It was dangerous, as a light-skinned child, to be seen with his mother as well: “She would hold my hand or carry me, but if the police showed up she would have to drop me and pretend I wasn’t hers.” …

In the end, “Born a Crime” is not just an unnerving account of growing up in South Africa …, but a love letter to the author’s remarkable mother …

NY Times – ‘Born a Crime,’ Trevor Noah’s Raw Account of Life Under Apartheid

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Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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