The Last Black Unicorn

The Last Black Unicorn

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"From stand-up comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish comes The Last Black Unicorn, a hilarious, edgy, and heart-wrenching collection of autobiographical essays that will leave you laughing through tears. Tiffany Haddish grew up in one of the poorest parts of South Central Los Angeles. Her mother wound up with a debilitating brain injury after surviving a car accident. Tiffany never fit in anywhere: not in the households she rotated through in the foster care system, and certainly not the nearly all white high school she had to ride the bus an hour to attend. As an illiterate ninth grader, Tiffany did everything she could to survive. After a multitude of jobs, she finally realized that she had talent in an area she never would have suspected: comedy. Tiffany faced the 'routine' hindrances of climbing the entertainment business ladder--but had the added obstacles of sex, race, and class in her way. But she got there. She's humble, grateful, down to earth, and funny as hell. She still cleans the toilet the way she was shown by a foster mom who worked as a maid, and she still rolls her joints the way one of her foster dads taught her. Tiffany can't avoid being funny: it's just who she is. But The Last Black Unicorn is so much more than a side-splittingly hilarious collection of essays--it's a memoir of the struggles of one woman who came from nothing and nowhere. A woman who was able to achieve her dreams by reveling in her pain and awkwardness, showing the world who she really is, and inspiring others through the power of laughter"
Publisher: New York :, Gallery Books,, 2017
Edition: First Gallery Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501181825
Branch Call Number: 792.7 HAD 2017
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 24 cm

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Miller1114
Jun 12, 2018

After all she's been through it's nice to see her getting her just due. She is a funny story teller. The Groupon story with Jada Pinkett and Will Smith is a classic!!

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13Liz
Jun 11, 2018

Tiffany shares her story, I laughed, I cried. It's a quick easy read you could finish in a day. I honestly didn't know such horrifying life stories existed. Tiffany is humorous and the novel ends on more of a cheery note. I find myself really hoping for the best for her. I'm a fan.

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CarleeMcDot
May 21, 2018

I think I saw this book on someone's Instagram stories so I added it to my library list. I don't know anything about Tiffany, but apparently she is a pretty famous comedian. When I found that out I was expecting this book to be funny... it's not. It is about her real life experiences that she's lived and that have brought her to where she is today. And let's just say they are real and raw - including things like rape, domestic violence, etc. I think because I went into this book assuming it was going to be a comedy I was thrown off and didn't love it. I appreciate that she was keeping it real and her underlying theme of "if I can get through this, so can you" but it just didn't completely resonate with me. It was a very quick read though so I didn't feel like I had committed too much time not to see it through to the end. (Maybe knowing her and her type of comedy might have given me more insight before picking up the book as well.) I would give it a 5 out of 10.

DCLadults May 01, 2018

Using the hardships of her very rough life, Tiffany from start to finish sends the message that life’s adversities can make your successes, it just depends on how you chose to deal with them. I often didn’t know whether to laugh or cry for her, but she lets you know that this is no Tiffany pity party. I enjoyed her deadpan style of sharing her experiences and I valued her message.

Mayflower94 Mar 28, 2018

Comedian Tiffany Haddish is simply funny. You’ll find yourself laugh with her as you read this memoir. Growing up in the hood and abused in many ways, she has made it. Her life story is heart breaking yet inspiring.

ginafeil Feb 12, 2018

Tiffany Haddish tells it like it is in this biography- being abused in foster care as a child, by her mom, by her ex husband, and how she used her gift in comedy to get her through sticky situations.

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brihawkins13 Mar 21, 2018

brihawkins13 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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