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Born a Crime
Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memorists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives. Trevor Noah is the host of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, where he gleefully provides America with its nightly dose of serrated satire. He is a light-footed but cutting observer of the relentless absurdities of politics, nationalism and race--and in particular the craziness of his own young life, which he's lived at the intersections of culture and history. In his first book, Noah tells his coming of age story with his larger-than-life mother during the last gasps of apartheid-era South Africa and the turbulent years that followed. Noah was born illegal--the son of a white, Dutch father and a black Xhosa mother, who had to pretend to be his nanny or his father's servant in the brief moments when the family came together. His brilliantly eccentric mother loomed over his life--a comically zealous Christian (they went to church six days a week and three times on Sunday), a savvy hustler who kept food on their table during rough times, and an aggressively involved, if often seriously misguided, parent who set Noah on his bumpy path to stardom. The stories Noah tells are sometimes dark, occasionally bizarre, frequently tender, and always hilarious--whether he's subsisting on caterpillars during months of extreme poverty or making comically pitiful attempts at teenage romance in a color-obsessed world; whether's he's being thrown into jail as the hapless fall guy for a crime he didn't commit or being thrown by his mother from a speeding car driven by murderous gangsters.
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Ibsbadibs
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So many good, thought provoking things about this book. I have been reading more bios (often of comedians for whatever reason) and although they are often enjoyable they are usually pretty light reads. This, however, had some depth, history, and humor to it.

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4⭐️ This book is many things at once: a biography, a love letter to his mother, commentary on race and identity, and history lesson. All these heavy subjects are interweaved with humor. Noah‘s perspective as an African who went through Apartheid and his experiences with race in America are interesting and shed light on many similarities and some differences in the black experience in South Africa and America. This book makes you laugh and think.

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Wow! Just wow. I knew what apartheid was and knew it was terrible but since it ended around the time I graduated from high school, I never REALLY comprehended what it was like for those living under it. Noah‘s book on his life & growing up under apartheid was just so eye opening to me. What he had to overcome was just insane. Audio book performed by the author was riveting—finished it in just a few days. Adult read: language, situational

Kimberlone I highly recommend his comedy special which treads a lot of the same ground as the book. The story about his parents and his mom is really amazing 3d
AndreaG @Kimberlone Agreed re, parents/mom. Thanks! I‘ll check it out. 3d
BookwormM This is an amazing book 3d
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Day 4 #adventrecommends @emilyrose_x

I feel like everyone sings the praises of this memoir, but if you have not yet read it, I say you should get to it posthaste. 😉 And #audiobook is definitely the way to go IMHO.

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Balibee146
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#gratefulreads my favourite read in November was my only audio book of the month. Loads of great reads to choose from this month too ❤️

Thanks to hosts for this photo challenge @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620 😘😘

OriginalCyn620 Thanks for playing along! 😊 1w
Gaylagal2 One of my favorite audio books 🤓 1w
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BBooks
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Personal essays that feel like a love letter to his mom, a true force of nature

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EBee
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I learned some lessons from this book.

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BookwormM
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#ReadAroundtheWorld #SouthAfrica

5 stars

A brilliant read that deserves all the love it is getting.

It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think, it made me mad and it taught me about a time and place I didn't know about.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2019/11/15/read-around-the-world-south-africa/hickleb...

LaurensLibrary I loved this one, too! 3w
Hooked_on_books Awesome book. It‘s amazing on audio. 3w
CafeMom My son read this book for school and he actually liked it. 3w
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Beautiful words. Need I say more?

BookwormM I have just finished this and I loved it 3w
fictionaddictbooks @BookwormM I'm yet to meet someone who doesn't love this one 3w
Ericalambbrown I absolutely adored this book! I loved it enough that I burned an Audible credit on it so I could hear Mr Noah read it. I‘m so glad I did! His performance - especially the story with his blind great grandmother and him not wanting to venture to the outhouse - is extraordinary! 💕 And his portrayal of his mother is glorious! (edited) 3w
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calisoul615
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Loved this book! Can't say enough good things about it -- it was funny, it was sad, it was poignant and it was relatable. Pick pick pick!!!

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People love to say, “Give a man a fish, and he‘ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he‘ll eat for a lifetime.” What they don‘t say is, “And it would be nice if you gave him a fishing rod.” That‘s the part of the analogy that‘s missing.

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I personally love Trevor Noah in general. But you don't have to agree with his viewpoints or even like him at all to respect the hell out of him. This book was so well-written, impactful, and educational. I woke up early this morning so that I could finish it - and I'm NOT a morning person!

Kaylamburson Oh, you're new to Litsy! Welcome welcome welcome!! I hope you love it here!! #litsywelcomewagon @LitsyWelcomeWagon here's a few fantastic Littens you might want to follow: @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @MrBook @swishandflick @ScientistSam @Sace 1mo
lindsay_ann @Kaylamburson Sure am! Checked it out because I was having a hard time figuring out what books to pick up next! Only been here a couple of days, and my list is already growing rapidly! 1mo
Kaylamburson You'll never have a hard time finding books to read again 😂🤣. Always so many recommendations and many people with varying tastes. 1mo
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Sace Well hello new Litten! 👋 1mo
MrBook Hi, @lindsay_ann , welcome to the #LitsyFamily! 😁👏🏻 What @Kaylamburson said (thank you for the tag 🤗), get ready for massive TBR growth. 😆 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Kaylamburson thank you Kayla!! Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉🎊📚🙌🏻 1mo
lindsay_ann @Sace @MrBook @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks for the warm welcome everyone! 1mo
swishandflick I loved this book so much and it's really great on audio because he reads it himself! Welcome to Litsy! 🤗 1mo
lindsay_ann @swishandflick It hit me hard! I've heard a few people say how good the audiobook is, so I probably will check that one out too! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 1mo
Sace I second @swishandflick. The audio was wonderful. 1mo
ScientistSam Thanks for the tag @Kaylamburson! Welcome @lindsay_ann!!! 1mo
Eggs Thanks @Kaylamburson 💗 1mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy @lindsay_ann 🥳 1mo
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Here are links to #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. There‘s lots of fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #litsywelcomewagon 4w
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Balibee146
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New #audible listen for the last 20 mins of #deweysReadathon #readathon

@DeweysReadathon

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This is a fast read, with a brilliant structure that contextualises each as-it-happens chapter of memoir with a broader view of life in SA.

Side note: I really hate the new thing of paperback editions being scaled down versions of the hardback rather than re-set. Your nice serif font is too damn small now!

Leniverse I got the audio of this one. It‘s the perfect audiobook, really. 1mo
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Loved the part of this book where Noah becomes a #partyman, DJing at events and becoming more and more in demand.... until his dancer friend Hitler comes on stage at a party at a Jewish school....

#soaringscores

Hooked_on_books Yes! I laughed so much through this book and that‘s a stand out moment for sure. 2mo
arlenefinnigan Oh God I listened to this on audiobook and I was walking down the street listening to this bit with tears pouring down my face, convulsing laughing 😂 2mo
Cinfhen Ha!! I forgot that part!! This memoir was HILARIOUS 2mo
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LaurensLibrary This book is hysterical 😂 2mo
IvoryLunatic Omg. I could not stop telling my bf about all of the funny moments and this one was one of the best. 2mo
CrowCAH I‘ve heard good things about this book. 2mo
lindsay_ann I cringed so hard for him at that part! And then cracked up, because that poor kid just had no idea. 😅 1mo
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Deifio
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Loved this! It was funny, it was sad, it was fantastic!

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After taking the kids to kindergarden, I enjoyed a bike ride along our river. Beautiful autum!

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eam-l
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I loved this book by Trevor Noah. The way he combined the hard truths of his childhood with humor made it such a fantastic novel. It was informational and enjoyable. It's a quick read, and worth every minute.

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Deifio
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Started this today! Never heard of him before. But it was recommended by a friend from South Africa ages ago.

wanderinglynn He‘s great! He‘s the current host of The Daily Show and does really excellent political satire. 2mo
IvoryLunatic I loved this book! 2mo
Deifio @wanderinglynn I thought I saw him on TV sometime! @IvoryLunatic I'm enjoying it so far. Only on the first chapter though 😊 2mo
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Finally was able to get to enjoy this book! 🤗
Excellent read! I have seen all the great reviews from everyone for so long, that I knew it would be a good one.
I actually did not realize this was the real life story of Trevor from The Daily Show!!🤦‍♀️🤷‍♀️
Amazing to hear about all of his life experiences. Eye opening for sure. Love this guy's sense of humor and seeing the world from his perspective.
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SauerPatch I loved this one. My top pick of the year so far. 2mo
xxjenadanxx This is an excellent read. I laughed so hard at the poop story lol 2mo
JenFowler @xxjenadanxx Me too!! 😂 2mo
Scochrane26 I read it early last year, then kept seeing posts about how great it was on audio. So, I also listened to the audio. It was great both times. 2mo
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I enjoyed this book on so many levels. It was educational regarding the history of South Africa, it was enjoyable to hear Trevor‘s stories, and it was personal to hear more about his family and life experience. I listen to this one in the car and enjoyed hearing it from Trevor Noah himself.

arlenefinnigan I loved this. The bit about his mate Hitler 😂 2mo
SW-T Loved this one 😊 2mo
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I loved this book! My husband and I watch The Daily Show with Trevor Noah every time it's playing and I loved getting to know him as a child and young adult. I could picture him in the scenes he describes throughout the book!

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Trevor Noah‘s Born a Crime was very funny and relatable. The way he reflected on his life was as though he understood why everything happened as it happened. Awesome read.

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Nonfiction isn‘t typically my thing, but I enjoyed this. It was recommended to me by my colleagues who recently added it to their World Literature course. I can definitely understand why they chose it and why it has been resonating with students. Noah‘s voice is sincere and engaging. #nonfiction #teachersoflitsy #representationmatters #weneeddiversebooks

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Leniverse
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I have been waiting in vain for this to turn up in the library's audiobook service. Kindle deal at £0.99 almost convinced me to just read it. But I really wanted this on audio, so I added another £3.99 for audible thrown in. I'm ok with that. Pretty sure it will be worth it.

hilded The audio was fantastic, enjoy! 3mo
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Hilarious! Even though I read the book rather than listening to it as an audiobook, I could still hear Trevor Noah‘s voice in my head the whole time.

megnews I did when I just read it too. 3mo
Eyelit Same! 3mo
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ILoveReading28
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This book is so amazing! I can‘t believe I didn‘t read it sooner. Trevor Noah‘s insight about his life is told from a mature viewpoint looking back on his past. I love that when he tells you stories about his life either happy or day he is always honest about how the situation was during that time and what lessons he took from the situation and what you as a reader are able to learn from his experiences.

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👍🏻👍🏻
I didn‘t know anything about Noah‘s life going in and ashamed to say I knew very little about apartheid. It‘s amazing he became the person he is today with so many odds stacked against him. I‘m looking forward to my book club discussion in a couple weeks.

Book 255/265 9/10/19

Erinreadsthebooks One of my favorite books! 3mo
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I was in dire need for something that can keep the tempo high so literally flipped a coin between Born a Crime & THUG. And this undoubtedly was a right choice!
Noah talks about one of the hardest times humanity has faced and with his subtle humor. His life in this book tells where this guy has come from and undoubtedly he's here to stay & won't settle for any less. A bow down to his mother who really is the STAR of this book. ,💫⭐🌠

CogsOfEncouragement My favorite audio book. ❤️ 3mo
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Apartheid Times! We maybe a generation lost but I'm happy we've overcome some of these atrocities done towards our fellow brothers $ sisters!

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Witty!

IvoryLunatic I‘m reading this right now and I love it! 3mo
AkashPhoenix @IvoryLunatic Its really an amazing read infused with dark humor! Enjoy! Do lemme know ur review once ur done. 3mo
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“People say all the time that they‘d do anything for the people they love. But would you really? Would you do anything? Would you give everything? I don‘t know that a child knows that kind of selfless love. A mother, yes. A mother will clutch her children and jump from a moving car to keep them from harm. She will do it without thinking. But I don‘t think the child knows how to do that, not instinctively. It‘s something the child has to learn.”

Suelizbeth Best audiobook ever! If you get a chance, give it a listen. You won't be sorry!! 3mo
CogsOfEncouragement This is the best audiobook I have listened to. Bar none. 3mo
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hes7 I‘ve done that. 🤦🏼‍♀️ 3mo
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lele1432 Whew. I gotta get to this one! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 3mo
Ericalambbrown His audio of this a magnificent! I listened to it after I read it. 3mo
ILoveReading28 @Ericalambbrown I can‘t wait to listen to it ☺️ 3mo
Ericalambbrown @BookLover29 His interpretation of his mother is just ❤️💕🙌🏻 3mo
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ILoveReading28
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Finally starting this book 💜

Reagan-reads I‘m reading it now too! It‘s really good. 3mo
ILoveReading28 @Reagan-reads ok on chapter 2 so far but yes I‘m really enjoying it. ☺️ 3mo
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IvoryLunatic
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I‘m still thoroughly enjoying Trevor‘s narration style while also learning much about apartheid and life in South Africa. I have to admit I was rather ignorant about all that before. #library On a super exciting note, since Max was adopted Saturday and is doing well in his new home, this handsome hunk will be picked up at the shelter soon to be our next foster. He‘s super sweet, gentle, cuddly, and playful. I love him already. #fosteradopt #rescue

Buechersuechtling I‘m a cat person – but what a cute photo❣️😍 Need to cuddle him all over. 🥰 3mo
brit91 Thank you for fostering!💖💖💖 3mo
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IvoryLunatic
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This finally came off hold from the library and wow. It‘s educational, mind-blowing, emotional, and, in parts, absolutely hilarious. I‘m currently reading through the outhouse - or should I say in-house 😂 - incident with the burning poop. 😂😂😂 If you haven‘t read this yet, please do.

Karkar The poop story is my favorite, I still giggle when I think of it. 3mo
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Have you read this. This is my current pick.

TrishB Yes, it‘s a great read 👍🏻 3mo
RKrish @TrishB Cool. 3mo
megnews Will be starting this soon for October book club. I‘ve heard great things. 3mo
RKrish @megnews It's going good so far. 3mo
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I liked it, but I didn't love it. However, Trevor Noah is a gem, highly intelligent, his stand up is hilarious and his mother seems to have been an impressive woman. Brace yourself for the last essay. A man beating his wife and children and almost killing her, is hard to read about.

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This was a really interesting and entertaining book. I learned a lot about life in South Africa.

Louise Such an interesting book! I recommend the #audiobook, as one gets to hear Trevor Noah speaking different South African languages, including a “click” language. 4mo
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By reading this book I'm learning stuff about South Africa that I never knew. A lot of it is painful just like segregation of blacks was in America. But apartheid in South Africa is a whole different ball game. Imagine, applying to be white? Pencil test? All just ridiculous.

SW-T His book was interesting and informative! Learned a lot. Welcome back to Litsy 🎉 @LitsyWelcomeWagon #LitsyWelcomeWagon 5mo
fictionaddictbooks @SW-T Thank you 4mo
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I totally found the letters between Trevor and his mother funny and interesting. I liked the fact that when his mother would write to him she would first quote a Bible verse to introduce what she had to say in the letter itself.

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A must read filled with nuance, style, and wit.

limada I loved this book. It might have caused a little crush on the author. 💖 5mo
verdantdiaries @limada I've always loved Trevor Noah, and this book did not disappoint. His stand-up is gold! 5mo
Suet624 I love Trevor and I especially love his mother. 4mo
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