Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah

I haven’t read much about apartheid, other than a book from college–My Traitor’s Heart. It made a solid impression, as did this book.

Trevor Noah narrates his own life story, from being “born a crime” to burning down a white person’s house (it was an accident!), DJing at a Jewish school for a dance squad whose star member was named Hitler, and the aftermath of his stepfather shooting his mother. I found the stories fascinating through and through. Trevor Noah writes and narrates with a touch of history, notes of humor, and an unflinching honest look at life in South Africa.

If you’re a fan of listening to your books, I highly recommend the audio edition. Listening to Trevor Noah speak in several languages and impressions adds an extra special element to an already fascinating book.

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