I don't read a lot of celebrity memoirs. In fact, I don't think I'd ever read a celebrity memoir until I picked up Born A Crime by Trevor Noah. I was drawn to this book more than others because of Noah's unique upbringing. Born in apartheid South Africa to a white father and black mother, Noah's very existence was a crime. At the time, interracial sexual and romantic relationships were illegal and Noah's birth was evidence of his parents' forbidden liaisons.
I had been wanted to learn more about life under apartheid for a long time, and what really appealed to me about this particular book is that it brings the reader into that experience through a very personal story. Noah approaches his own life with honestly and a level of self-awareness that makes this personal memoir anything but self-indulgent. I found myself drawn into reading about the experiences of Noah's childhood and, at the same time, I was introduced to the personal realities of life under apartheid.
Noah writes with humour and virtually no self-pity, making the challenges of his early life accessible to readers. If you're looking for a fun and easy summer read that also takes on some heavy topics, I highly recommend Born A Crime.
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