Published by Simon and Schuster on December 5th 2017
Genres: Humor, Topic, Adult, Form, Essays, Biography & Autobiography, Rich & Famous
Format: Audio Book
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Buy on: Audible
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
From stand-up comedian, actress, and breakout star of Girls Trip, Tiffany Haddish, comes The Last Black Unicorn, a sidesplitting, hysterical, edgy, and unflinching collection of (extremely) personal essays, as fearless as the author herself.
Growing up in one of the poorest neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, Tiffany learned to survive by making people laugh. If she could do that, then her classmates would let her copy their homework, the other foster kids she lived with wouldn’t beat her up, and she might even get a boyfriend. Or at least she could make enough money—as the paid school mascot and in-demand Bar Mitzvah hype woman—to get her hair and nails done, so then she might get a boyfriend.
None of that worked (and she’s still single), but it allowed Tiffany to imagine a place for herself where she could do something she loved for a living: comedy.
Tiffany can’t avoid being funny—it’s just who she is, whether she’s plotting shocking, jaw-dropping revenge on an ex-boyfriend or learning how to handle her newfound fame despite still having a broke person’s mind-set. Finally poised to become a household name, she recounts with heart and humor how she came from nothing and nowhere to achieve her dreams by owning, sharing, and using her pain to heal others.
By turns hilarious, filthy, and brutally honest, The Last Black Unicorn shows the world who Tiffany Haddish really is—humble, grateful, down-to-earth, and funny as hell. And now, she’s ready to inspire others through the power of laughter.
I’ve been trying to branch out by reading different genres from my norm. So lately I’ve been buying autobiographies. They’re a nice change of pace from my fiction novels, and I can read or listen to them while I’m also reading other books. Because they are not easy to mix up with my novels, I’m hoping this will help me to read more books this year. The first autobiography of 2018 that I decided to read was Tiffany Haddish’s The Last Black Unicorn. This story is heartbreaking. We first meet Tiffany as a child in a dysfunctional home and watch her progress into a young woman working in a male-dominated industry. Though the story has many tragic moments, Tiffany’s brand of humor and positive outlook is felt throughout the novel.
Tiffany Haddish is a stand-up comedian and actress who has published her hysterical and edgy personal essays. We travel through Tiffany’s rough upbringing in South Central Los Angeles, where she ended up in foster care after her mother wound up in a mental hospital. After going in and out of foster and group homes, Tiffany used comedy to make others laugh, and try to keep the other foster kids from beating her up. We later see her use her comedy skills to break into comedy. Even though she’s now a famous comedian, Tiffany struggled to get where she is. She’s had to endure losing gigs because she wouldn’t sleep around in Hollywood, and even work at LAX Airport to supplement her income.
I really enjoyed this novel, and am glad I listened to the audiobook. Tiffany narrates the audio, and as a listener, I was able to hear her inflections and comedic timing. This helped bring humor to many of her stories that were in truth not really funny. But that’s Tiffany. No matter what has happened to her in her life, she always manages to find the humor in it. In fact, I think this is why she’s so successful. Things have happened to her in her life that would cause a weaker person to give up. Instead, Tiffany went from an illiterate girl from a troubled home to a woman admitted into college. This novel is the perfect novel to give to anyone who feels that life is just too hard, or that it’s easier to give up on one’s dreams. Tiffany Haddish has fought through adversity and proves that with enough perseverance and gumption, anyone can succeed.