Born a Crime


Ok, so many of us have seen, or heard of, Trevor Noah. He’s well known for his role on the Daily Show on Comedy Central. Not only is he witty, charming, and cute, he’s incredibly intelligent. In his memoir, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, we get to learn about the history of where he comes from, not only physically, but spiritually and mentally as well. 

The best part of this memoir is it’s structure. Like any comedian knows, “timing is everything,” and this book delivers it’s ideas with the same flow as a good joke. It’s amazing the way Noah delivers deep and complex ideas through his comedic anecdotes. That being said, the memoir does not follow a linear retelling of Noah’s life in South Africa. It does however, cleverly bookend with the narrative of his mother being shot in the head – if that doesn’t grab your attention! 

Trevor Noah’s voice really shines through in his memoir. Rather than sounding stuffy and uptight, the language is that of a good friend telling you a story about their past. There is no plot to be looking for, like you would see in your classic novel. It’s just a collection of laid back stories with serious underlying issues. 

This book is funny, informative and an amazing read. 

Check out this videos of Trevor Noah to spark your interest:

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