Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Born a Crime, published in 2016, is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.
Chris Jackson is the publisher and editor-in-chief of One World, an imprint of Random House, which just concluded the debut year of it relaunch. He’s the editor and publisher of a wide range of award-winning and bestselling authors, including Ta-Nehisi Coates, Bryan Stevenson, Mona Hanna-Attisha, and Jay-Z.