BH Audio Book Club #1: Born A Crime
Updated: Oct 22, 2019
Audio|Book: Born A Crime, written by Trevor Noah Recommended Format: Audiobook
Before selecting the discounted audio disks from the clearance section of Barnes & Noble, I passed on reading Born A Crime several times. I don't know why I was reluctant to read it. I hadn't read a bad review of the book. I didn't know anyone who read the book to give it a bad review. And although the author, Trevor Noah, had recently become the face of The Daily Show, I hadn't connected with his work at that point. With all that said, sixteen dollars bought me what would become my favorite book of all time.
I understand, that's a lofty statement. But I have yet to read/listen to another book that has taught me about apartheid in South Africa, but made me laugh hysterically in rush hour traffic. Trevor Noah is a captivating storyteller. He shares stories of being the only mixed race person in his community during a time when interracial relationships were illegal. Trevor explains how he learned to adopt other native languages to build commonality with communities that viewed him differently because they considered him to be white due to his complexion. True to his comedic nature, he admittedly took advantage of his "white privilege".
This is my favorite book of all time because it made me cry laughing while driving. The book is intelligent, and Trevor Noah is a fantastic narrator. I enjoy reading books that teach me about history, without causing flashbacks of middle school social studies. This book taught me more about colonization in South Africa, the importance of upholding your values, the power of faith, and it further expresses that blackness is not a monolith.
I hope you read/listen to the book and grow from it. If you'd like to chat about it use #BHAudioBookClub on Twitter.
NOTE: The author speaks several languages in the book and refers to terminology and dialects, which is why I recommend listening to the audio book instead reading the physical copy as I've heard the languages could pose a challenge for some readers.
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