Born a Crime: Stories form a South African Childhood is Trevor Noah’s memoir of his life in apartheid-era South Africa. Even if you’re not a fan of Trevor Noah, you will still find his stories and his unique perspective on race relations to be both entertaining and eye-opening. His mother is an absolute wonder!
If you were under the impression that South Africa under apartheid was much like the Jim Crow era in the U.S., you’ll be surprised to find the depth and the calculating and insidious nature of South Africa’s government-sanctioned racism. Apartheid was designed not only to subjugate people of color, but also to keep them warring among themselves. Of course, since Trevor Noah is the author, it is also a book with warmth and humor. Rather than bitterness, Trevor Noah learned perspective and understanding from his experiences. You will too.