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The National Public Radio released a list of 100 funny summer books and Trevor Noah’s Born A Crime topped the list, making us all prouder than ever!


Global – The National Public Radio (NPR) held a poll to determine the 100 top funny books to read this summer. The survey split books into eleven categories, including memoirs, essays, poetry, comics and many more.

Trevor Noah’s memoir, Born a Crime, topped the list in its category. More than 7000 people took part in the poll, voting for their favourite funny literature pieces.

They were encouraged to put forward the books that made them laugh out loud, whether old releases or brand new publications. Many a classic made the list but, we are proud to see Trevor Noah’s memoir top the list.

Opinions on Trevor Noah may vary, but there is no denying that the South African born comedian turned talk show host has wowed the world with his humour and stories. He has really made a name for himself internationally, and we are really excited to see his book turned into a movie.

Lupita Nyong’o will be playing the role of Trevor’s mother in an upcoming film-adaption of his book ‘Born A Crime’. She wrote about his life and achievements shortly after seeing him named as a TIME 100 listee in 2018.

“When I think of Trevor Noah, the first image I see is from his brilliant memoir, Born a Crime, of Trevor’s mother throwing him out of a moving vehicle while he’s asleep in order to save his life. Through other eyes, this could be remembered as traumatic and harrowing. Through Trevor’s, it is bonding and hilarious, a testament to the love of someone who truly had to think on their feet.”

“That is how Trevor sees the world. A fantastic storyteller, he has always been a defier of rules, which he broke simply by being born in his native country. At The Daily Show, which he has truly globalized, Trevor seeks out comedians of colour in every possible venue, no matter how small. He is determined to find the best talent representing the most diverse viewpoints.”

“Trevor, who grew up biracial in apartheid South Africa, has the unique ability to tell truths that bring us together. He is uncannily skilled at holding up a mirror to whatever room he is in. Trevor is always reaching out: across cultures, continents and boundaries. He makes us laugh with each other and brings us that much closer to under­standing one another.”

You can see the full book list here; there are many books listed that are well worth the read. Which are you adding to your reading list?

Sources: NPR
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