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NAMED ONE OF PASTE’S BEST MEMOIRS OF THE DECADE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani, New York Times • USA Today • San Francisco Chronicle • NPR • Esquire • Newsday • 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
“Compelling . . . By 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
The host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, tells the story of growing up half black, half white in South Africa under and after apartheid in this young readers' adaptation of his bestselling adult memoir Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.
BORN A CRIME IS SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING OSCAR WINNER LUPITA NYONG'O!
Trevor Noah, the funny guy who hosts The Daily Show on Comedy Central, shares his remarkable story of growing up in South Africa with a black South African mother and a white European father at a time when it was against the law for a mixed-race child to exist. But he did exist--and from the beginning, the often-misbehaved Trevor used his keen smarts and humor to navigate a harsh life under a racist government.
This fascinating memoir blends drama, comedy, and tragedy to depict the day-to-day trials that turned a boy into a young man. In a country where racism barred blacks from social, educational, and economic opportunity, Trevor surmounted staggering obstacles and created a promising future for himself, thanks to his mom's unwavering love and indomitable will.
It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime not only provides a fascinating and honest perspective on South Africa's racial history, but it will also astound and inspire young readers looking to improve their own lives.
"Through the foreign, the familiar, and the funny, Born a Crime is a piercing reminder that every mad life--even yours--could end up a masterpiece." --JASON REYNOLDS, New York Times bestselling author
"Readers will find this journey through Noah's formative years humorous and exciting." --BOOKLIST
"Startling in its honesty, humor, and humility." --KIRKUS REVIEWS
In June 2017, just steps from Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah opened The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library, a 4,000-square-foot museum space that gave the 45th president and his amazing Twitter legacy the respect they deserve. In the single weekend it was open to the public, the Library pop-up drew 7,500 visitors and had to turn away countless others.
But the Presidential Twitter Library experience should not be limited to the elite coastal few. Not fair! All citizens, even the Mexican ones, should have the chance to see Donald Trump’s tweets in their rightful context—organized and commented on in the fearless, hilarious, insightful voice of The Daily Show.
This one-of-a-kind exhibition catalog presents the Library’s complete contents, including:
• The Masterpieces: In-depth critical appreciations of history’s most important Trump tweets, from “Very Stable Genius” to “Covfefe” to “Trump Tower Taco Bowl/I Love Hispanics!”
• The Greatest Battles: @realDonaldTrump’s brutal Twitter campaigns against fellow Republicans, Diet Coke, women generally, and Kristen Stewart specifically
• Sad! A Retrospective: a compendium of the many people, events, and twists of fate that apparently made Donald Trump feel this human emotion
• Trumpstradamus: DJT’s amazing 140-character predictions—none of which came true!
• The Hall of Nicknames: the greatest of Trump’s monikers, from “Lyin’ Ted” to “Low I.Q. Crazy Mika,” accompanied by original caricature artwork
• Trump vs. Trump: You’re going to want to sit for this one. Donald Trump has sometimes been known to contradict himself.
• Always the Best: the greatest boasts of the greatest boaster of all time, ever!
Comprising hundreds of Trump tweets, and featuring a foreword by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham, and even a place for readers to add their own future Trump tweet highlights—because he is making new Twitter history literally every day—The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library is a unique portrait of an artist whose masterworks will be studied by historians, grammarians, and mental health professionals for years to come.
NOMBRADO UNO DE LOS MEJORES LIBROS DEL AÑO POR Michiko Kakutani, New York Times • USA Today • San Francisco Chronicle • NPR • Esquire • Newsday • Booklist
La impresionante trayectoria de Trevor Noah, desde su infancia en Sudáfrica durante el apartheid hasta el escritorio de The Daily Show, comenzó con un acto criminal: su nacimiento. Trevor nació de un padre suizo blanco y una madre Xhosa negra, en una época de la historia sudafricana en que tal unión era castigada con cinco años de prisión. Como prueba viviente de la indiscreción de sus padres, Trevor permaneció los primeros años de su vida bajo el estricto resguardo de su madre, quien se veía obligada a tomar medidas extremas —y, a veces, absurdas— para ocultar a Trevor de un gobierno que podría, en cualquier momento, llevárselo.
Prohibido nacer es la historia de un niño travieso que se convierte en un joven inquieto mientras lucha por encontrarse a sí mismo en un mundo en el que nunca se suponía que debía existir. También es la historia de la relación de ese joven con su intrépida, rebelde y ferviente madre religiosa: su compañera de equipo, una mujer decidida a salvar a su hijo del ciclo de pobreza, violencia y abuso que en última instancia amenazaría su propia vida.
In "Farbenblind" erzählt Trevor Noah ebenso feinsinnig wie komisch in achtzehn Geschichten von seinem Aufwachsen in Südafrika, das den ganzen Aberwitz der Apartheid bündelt: warum ihn seine Mutter aus einem fahrenden Minibus warf, um Gottes Willen zu erfüllen, welche Musik er für einen tanzenden Hitler aufzulegen pflegte, um sein erstes Geld zu verdienen, und wie ihn eine Überwachungskamera, die nicht einmal zwischen Schwarz und Weiß unterscheiden konnte, vor dem Gefängnis bewahrte.
«La strepitosa storia di Trevor Noah.»
«La stupidità del razzismo si combatte con l’ironia.»
«Una immensa storia d’amore filiale.»
Nato nel Sudafrica dell’apartheid da madre xhosa e padre bianco, Trevor è colored: né bianco né nero, un’anomalia intollerabile per il rigido sistema razziale sudafricano. Destinato fin dalla nascita a un’esistenza “fuori legge”, Trevor se la cava splendidamente poiché la sua infanzia, spericolata e indimenticabile, è orchestrata da una madre più potente del tuono: Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah, un magma di contraddizioni stupendamente africane. È bigotta e ribelle, severa e anticonformista, e soprattutto ha fiducia nel fatto che tutto è possibile, di qualsiasi colore sia la tua pelle, l’importante è andare a scuola, imparare l’inglese, fare quello che si pensa sia giusto e rifiutare le leggi sbagliate e illogiche inventate dagli uomini.
Ragazzino impacciato di fronte alle prime esperienze sentimentali, poi esperto di pirateria musicale e organizzatore di rumorose feste clandestine nelle townships di Johannesburg, Trevor ripercorre la sua vicenda senza alcuna retorica, sempre sul filo di un’irresistibile vena ironica che lo affranca dal ruolo di vittima e rende il suo racconto più forte di qualsiasi denuncia. Non teorizza nulla, mostra sé stesso, il “bastardo”: la sua mescolanza razziale sfida l’ingiustizia del sistema e ne mette in luce l'insostenibilità e incoerenza. Mescolarsi è la vera rivoluzione e questa storia esplosiva e “fuori legge” ne è la prova. L’aspettavamo da tempo.