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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Title

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Authors

Trevor Noah

Publisher

Spiegel & Grau

Pages

288 pages

Publication Year

2016

ISBN

9780399588174

Genre

nonfiction

Topic

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Interracial; Biracial; Step parent; Race discrimination; Domestic abuse; biracial child; interracial parents; racism; step parent abuse; step siblings

Annotation

Noah's path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, at the time such a union was punishable by five years in prison. As he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist, his mother is determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life....

Grade Level

9-12

Family Formation

single mother

Main Character

boy

Diversity Impact

direct

LGBTQ+

none

Race/Ethnicities

Black / German / Swiss

Keywords

South Africa; apartheid; Xhosa; religion; Christianity; languages; mother and son relationship

Item Type

Nonfiction

Format

full length

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

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