A substantial collection of staggering personal essays . . . Incisive, funny, and vivid, these true tales are anchored to his portrait of his courageous, rebellious, and religious mother who defied racially restrictive laws to secure an education and a career for herself - and to have a child with a white Swiss/German even though sex between whites and blacks was illegal. . . . Trevor Noah's electrifying memoir sparkles with funny stories . . . and his candid and compassionate essays deepen our perception of the complexities of race, gender, and class - BooklistA gritty memoir . . . studded with insight and provocative social criticism . . . with flashes of brilliant storytelling and acute observations - KirkusSlick, intelligent, blissfully funny - Time OutA great entertainer - The TimesAn immensely likeable performer - warm and upbeat, with an inquiring, irreverent approach to other people's prejudices - ObserverRare is the comic who can unite a diverse audience in laughter while making potentially divisive comments - TelegraphHe's instantly and effortlessly in control of the room, and his material is insightful and entertaining - GuardianA handsome, effortlessly, engaging polyglot . . . Fascinating and frequently hilarious . . . For someone so persecuted by language's prejudices and limitations, Noah demons
One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars ('SLICK, INTELLIGENT AND BLISSFULLY FUNNY' Time Out) tells his hilarious and moving coming-of-age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.