By Trevor Noah
The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime New York Times bestseller about one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. 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. Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth.
Why we chose this book: An important part of resilience and getting trough difficult time is finding humor in unlikely places. Trevor Noah has been hosting the 'Trevor Noah Social Distancing Show' from his living room in New York that is currently under lockdown. We are currently experiencing a situation of shifting social norms. In his childhood Tervor had to navigate multiple social norms regarding places and spaces that he did or did not belong. His mothers decision to have a 'coloured' child created many challenges for them especially when going out in public. This book explores how to navigate shifting social norms as a minority that is persecuted.
Food for thought:
1. What social norms did Trevor's mother challenge?
2. What role did religion play in the lives of Trevor and his mother?
3. How did social norms change over the period of Noah's childhood?
4. How does his history inform his current work?