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The Last Black Unicorn par Tiffany Haddish
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The Last Black Unicorn (édition 2018)

par Tiffany Haddish

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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"--… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:The Last Black Unicorn
Auteurs:Tiffany Haddish
Info:Simon & Schuster, 2018.
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Fast entertaining read.
Equal parts sad and funny. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
The Last Black Unicorn is a fast, sometimes fun, sometimes not read. I listened to the audiobook and it felt was listening to a friend tell me funny stories but at the same time telling me stories that made me want to smack my head and her. The girl's had a tough life but has maintained a positive attitude, which I admire so so much. I feel like it's a great must-read for black young women. ( )
  Krissxten | Oct 1, 2020 |
Well. I do love Tiffany Haddish. I have been so happy to see how popular she has gotten and wish her nothing but success. That said, this memoir was lacking in a lot of ways for me. Parts of it were funny and parts just made me want to find her and give her a hug. This entire memoir is raw. It is also real and you are going to read about a lot of things that may make you cringe and wonder how in the world did Haddish even get through the things she did. I think that the narrative style is ultimately what hurt this book and caused me to just give it 3 stars.

"The Last Black Unicorn" by Haddish goes into her childhood, her first and second marriage (to the same man), her relationships, and how she started to do comedy. Haddish's childhood sounds like the stuff of nightmares at times. She's upfront about the abuse she suffered at the hands of her mother, how her father was absent, and how awful foster care was for her in the state of California. You can see early on why Haddish tried to make those around her laugh. It was a way of being seen by others and being noticed was better than being ignored.

The book's style jumps around a lot which I know a lot of readers won't be thrilled with. The book goes back and forth across the same periods of time, but then Haddish will jump back in order to tell another story. I think the biggest thing I realize is that this whole memoir just felt like a stream of consciousness memoir. I liken it to going out for drinks with a friend and you are just sitting around telling each other crazy stories over wine.

There are some highlights in here though. We have Haddish recapping the infamous Groupon story (go check it out on Youtube, you will thank me) and her going into what happened when she has met famous comedians like Kevin Hart and other celebrities like Mary J. Blige. This is why I think the memoir may have been better to just be told in a straight chronological fashion with Haddish going through her childhood to her stand up comedy career. Having bits and pieces of things linked into her meetings with celebrities was head scratching at times. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
I really enjoyed this audiobook. It was Seriously touching, yet funny. And the song at the end that Haddish wrote the lyrics to and sang made it even better.

Haddish is the narrator for the audiobook, which makes this novel even funnier. But hearing the poor woman tear up and her voice get all husky while she spoke of her momma’s mental issues because of the brain damage was incredibly touching......Hearing about her struggles in an abusive relationship was ok for me, and did t cause me any flashbacks or anxiety because of the way she spoke about it all. (I’m just so glad,she is out, now...!).

But yeah, there is a lot of cursing, which is fine with me. Haddish even says the n-word a few times, which was fine also (it fit the context of the situation supremely well).
The whole novel wasn’t all depressing because of Haddish’s terrible upbringing though. There are some truly hilarious moments, and even a few times I almost yelled, “oh, no...!” It’s a riot.
But at the same time, it is a well written novel, which is incredibly well narrated, and speaks to me as a woman, as a victim of abuse, as a child of a mentally ill parent, and someone who loved to make others laugh. It’s truly one of a kind, just like Tiffany Haddish. I hope we get to see more of her in the near future, whether in book form, movies, comedy shows, or whatever!

4 strong stars, and recommended to all over 21. ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
What a charismatic audiobook. ( )
  dreamweaversunited | Apr 27, 2020 |
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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"--

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