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'Born A Crime' - Recommended Reading

Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhoodwas recommended to me by a friend, and when I picked it up to borrow it, I had no idea how much I would learn and how entertained I would be. I literally could not put this book down and finished it in about three hours. It was released in 2016, spent 26 weeks on the bestseller list! It also won the James Thurber Prize for American Humor and two NAACP Image Awards. Amazing!

Here’s why I recommend Born A Crime, to you! Firstly, if you don’t know about Trevor Noah, when you’re done reading this review, google him. Secondly, if you don’t have an understanding of racism, and know anything about apartheid in South Africa, you MUST read this book.

Trevor Noah has a strong, intelligent mind and is HILARIOUS! He turns his story, of literally being born a crime due to apartheid in South Africa, into heartwarming and funny tales. It’s clear throughout this book, that Trevor has a deep love for his home country, family, friends, and experiences that shaped him into the man he is today. I love that humour became a way for him to move through the hardships he experienced, and make the best of the realities of his life.

I think what I found the most interesting, and certainly the more important component of this book, is his perspective and insight on racism. My husband is a black man, my children are black and white (like Trevor), and as a white ally, I really appreciated his simple breakdown of a systemic and hateful ideology. It’s so important for people to understand where their own bias and beliefs stem from. In order for racism to work its way out of our social conscious and unconscious, as a global community, we need to be able to understand how it works and how we can continue to move out of beliefs and ideals based in hate and separating people.

So, this book is a MUST read, because; not only are you being educated on how life works in other places AND being given important history lessons while encouraged to think critically, you’re laughing throughout it! And isn’t humour one of the best methods of being educated and taking in sensitive information that has you thinking about your own beliefs and actions? YES! You won’t be disappointed with Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood.