Samantha (Sam)


Samantha White read Carrie when she was twelve years old and been hooked on Stephen King books ever since. An ardent lover of anything fantastical and frightening, some of her favorite authors are: Neil Gaiman, Shirley Jackson, David Mitchell, and Joe Hill. When not reading or at work Samantha is most likely at the movies or napping with her two cats, Alfie & Bogie.

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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood By Trevor Noah Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399588198
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: One World - February 12th, 2019

Sam's March 2019 pick

There are some books you pick up and think to yourself, “Yeah, I know what this book is going to be about.” You see the comedian on the cover, recognize them from various movies and TV shows. You shrug and decide to read it anyways, hoping at the very least you’ll get a few good laughs out of it.

Born A Crime is not that book.

Trevor Noah, the host of Comedy Central’s Daily Show, writes about growing up at the tail end of apartheid in South Africa, where his very existence was illegal. Born to a white father and black mother, Noah chronicles the extreme lengths his mother went through just to be able to keep her son and her together. Noah is a natural storyteller who seamlessly weaves silly childhood anecdotes into the much darker narrative of racial oppression of an entire country.

Born A Crime defies expectations. Both hilarious and heartbreaking, this book will have you feeling the full spectrum of human emotions.