Born a Crime

Stories from a South African Childhood
CD - unabridged
Audio (7 discs)
Product Number: BN10583
Released: Nov 15, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781531865030
Narrator/s: Trevor Noah
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man's coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani, New York Times Newsday Esquire NPR Booklist 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 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's unconventional, unconditional love. Praise for Born a Crime "[A] compelling new memoir...?y turns alarming, sad and funny, [Trevor Noah's] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah'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's remarkable mother."-Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times "[An] unforgettable memoir."-Parade "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 "[Noah] thrives with the help of his astonishingly fearless mother...? Their fierce bond makes this story soar."-People "[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...?tudded with insight and provocative social criticism...With flashes of brilliant storytelling and acute observations."-Kirkus Reviews

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Author(s): Trevor Noah
Awards:New York Times Bestseller

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Author(s): Trevor Noah
Product Number EB00666838
Released: Nov 15, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
ISBN: #9780399588181

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"Comedian Trevor Noah's stories of growing up in South Africa are vivid, sometimes harrowing, and often laugh-out-loud funny. The bonus of audio is that listeners get to HEAR Noah tell these stories in his South African-accented English, as well as hear him speak snippets of various other South African languages. Noah (who succeeded Jon Stewart as the host of "The Daily Show") is a natural storyteller--skilled, engaging, and relatable. Growing up mixed-race (his mother was Xhosa and his father was white) in both pre- and post-apartheid South Africa meant that Noah constantly struggled to find where he belonged. Noah's narration offers insights and intimacy, and as he gives voice to his mother, his friends, and his younger self, listeners are invited in to glimpse his world. J.M.D. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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