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The Last Black Unicorn

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  33,747 ratings  ·  4,708 reviews

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 ma
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published December 5th 2017 by Gallery Books
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Dec 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This is definitely worth reading. Haddish is incredibly funny, smart and observant. She has lived a hard life which makes her success all the more admirable and deserved. There are places where I wanted more depth. The book is short and reads fast, sometimes too fast. But the funny parts will bring you to tears. So will the painful parts. I am not a fan of books by comedians is all. They just don’t work as cohesive narratives.
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
I've never DNFed a book so fast. This was bad.
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tiffany Haddish made me clutch my chest, crying from laughter, and only a few people can do that to me. She is hilarious.

But that’s not all.

She is strong. She was strong when she was a child, a teenager, and she is still strong today. I can’t even believe how much she went through. I didn’t know who she was until I watched Girls Trip and some of her promotional interviews, but once I did, I needed to know more about this authentic woman.

This woman who didn’t grow up a Hollywood star. She is li

Indomitable spirit. Which historical figures come to mind when you hear that phrase? Mother Teresa? Gandhi, maybe? Those are two of the people who pop into my head right away.

And now, whenever I hear those words, I will also think of Tiffany Haddish.

I was late to the Haddish fandom. I somehow missed her years of stand up. It wasn’t until I saw the preview for Girls Trip and was like, “WHO IS THAT HILARIOUS WOMAN?” that I became aware of her.

Two days before the movie hit theaters, I saw her on Ji
Jan 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
first one star of the year... *sighs*

please enjoy this short list of reasons why this book just did. not. work for me:

1. the pacing was choppy and there was no flow between the anecdotes. this book is split up into different sections that follow Haddish through her young life, into her twenties, and up until current day. each section was based around one or two stories that related to each other and would occasionally branch out into a tangent, BUT what bugged me throughout the whole book was th
Dec 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Please Note: I DNF'd this book at about the 40% mark. I listened to the audiobook version. This book was terrible. First, it wasn't written well at all. The story was extremely choppy and rushed. There were quite a few recountings of very ugly things that occurred in Haddish's life, but were told in an overly light-hearted manner that came across unseemly and inappropriate.

The book detailed some of the obstacles that Haddish had to overcome prior to her current success. However, it also showed
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

Tiffany Haddish is a funny person and a funny comedian, but this book was vastly disappointing.

I listened to the audiobook, and I really expected a killer narration. Every single other audiobook autobiography of an actor/comedian that I've ever listened to was flawlessly narrated. I mean, it's their own words and they're actors, right? Well, not here. Tiffany's narration was so odd. Really choppy, really strangely read, like she had trouble with her own words. It honestly sounded like bad acting
If you looked up the word Authentic on the internet, a giant picture of Tiffany Haddish should be next to it.

A lot of people had never heard of Tiffany Haddish until her star making role in last years Girls Trip, but Tiffany has been on her grind for decades. Tiffany is an overnight sensation that was 20 plus years in the making. Tiffany like most great comedians has had a rough life. Abandoned by her father, raised by a mentally ill and abusive mother, she spent years in foster care, was molest
I haven't seen Girls Trip, The Carmichael Show, Keanu, or If Loving You is Wrong. Big surprise - I'm not a raucous-rude-comedy-appreciating viewer. Not that there's anything wrong with those who are, of course.

I became a Haddish Fan Girl the first time I viewed the 5 -7 minute video clip of Haddish on the Jimmy Kimmel show doing her bit on Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and the swamp tour. It was the funniest, most brilliant bit I've seen in a long, long time. On that basis, I checked LBU out of m
Elyse Walters
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When my Overdrive library iPhone app showed this Audiobook readily available to download ... I thought....
“I’ve seen this book popping on Goodreads this past year”.
It took this long to move me to action!
*Perfect timing*!!!
I enjoyed Tiffany - for many of the same reasons I’m guessing thousands of people before me have... but another part of my enjoyment was ‘buddy-listening’ with Paul ....( part of our 40 year anniversary celebration-vacation in Cancun).

The last Audiobook Paul and I enj
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of memoirs by African-American stars
I definitely recommend listening to The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish. Firstly she's hysterical and can definitely tell a joke and/or a story. The memoir traces her life from her youth to current her success. Each story reveals something about her character and her growth into the woman she is today. Some of the stories are draw dropping and snatched my edges, but as a whole it's very interesting. The only real complaints I had with The Last Black Unicorn is that the story is told very q ...more
da AL
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Run, don't walk to the audio version of this. The song!!!!!!!!!

O-m-g!!!! How did I not know about Tiffany Haddish?! She is smoking hot!!! For the beginning, I wanted to give her an enormous hug -- by the end, I realized that she doesn't need anyone's hugs -- she does a-m-a-z-i-n-g on her own!

"In my life, and I hope and yours, I want us to grow roses out of the poop."

My absolute fave parts:
a) The ending crescendo of how she's made tools of everything!!
b) The song!!!!!!!!!

❤ The entire book is gene
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I knew I wanted to read this book the moment I watched her interview with Trevor Noah. She seemed like such a fun, wonderful, crazy person. I watched Girls Trip recently, you know, for "research," and in that movie, I feel like Tiffany Haddish is channeling a lot of her own self for that character.

I read this book because I love Tiffany Haddish, and I think she's hilarious, but this book is so disappointing. When I saw Tiffany in Girls Trip last year, she had me laughing until I was crying, and I was eager to get my hands on a copy of this audiobook. I finally listened to it, and unfortunately I was just not impressed. Not only is most of this book unfunny, but some of this book is extremely offensive to handicapped people and overweight people.

This memoir started off with stories from h
Rachel Reads Ravenously
5 stars

This book gets 5 stars because it made me LAUGH! Not just chuckle laugh while reading, I mean tears down my face I was dying kind of laugh. Tiffany Haddish is someone I only found out about because one of my Facebook friends shared a video of her. I haven't seen Girls Trip yet (despite one of my good friends loaning it to me on DVD. I'm sorry! I'll watch it asap!). You bet your ass I am going to be looking up her backlist and watching everything this woman is in!

First off, this book isn
Jan 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
I think Tiffany Haddish is hilarious and beautiful and wonderful; however, this book is terrible.

This might not be a popular opinion, but I thought this book was disgusting. Not just because she shits in a shoe (she does) but because as another reviewer noted, Haddish showed "such an in-depth level of ugliness and ignorance" that I couldn't make myself finish this one.

Her descriptions of her encounters with a larger woman, a Jewish man, and a disabled co-worker were extremely offensive. In the a
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it

Tiffany Haddish is an American comedian and actress. She's a stand-up comic, was on the television shows 'If Loving You is Wrong' and 'The Carmichael Show', and was featured in the film 'Keanu.' Haddish's breakout film was 'Girls Trip' (very funny) and she was named one of Time's 100 most influential people for 2018.


Tiffany Haddish overcame a good deal to become the successful woman she is today. Though some of Haddish's stories are dispiriting, she relates them all with a sense of humor, a
L.J. Shen
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So good it's not even funny.
Well, actually, it is really, really funny.

Listen to the audiobook if you can. I didn't know Tiffany Haddish's work before, but I try to listen to a variety of genres and this book had a great rating. I'm not surprised. This woman's story is inspiring and heartbreaking. She is hilarious and so, so real.

5 stars.

Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Quick review of the audio. I’m leaving this unrated for now. There were parts of this that were easily five plus stars. Tiffany Haddish is strong and has overcome many hard times in her life. I typically adore her humor, even in all its brusqueness, and I did for the most part; however, the low point for me included her making fun of a man with whom she had a relationship who happened to have a physical disability that also impacted how he spoke. Comedians can make fun of anyone as fair game. Th ...more
Jessica Woodbury
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was nervous that a Tiffany Haddish book wouldn't feel like Tiffany Haddish, but happily no one has tried to change her. This book is so clearly 100% Tiffany, which is wise. If you've seen her on screen you would know if there was any attempt to dress her up or change her voice.

A lot of this book is funny, but a lot of it really isn't. A rough childhood, troubled relationships with men, and plenty of encounters with misogyny in comedy. What you get here is joy and pain, but always through Tiff
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing

No kidding, don't go elsewhere to get your fill of laughs, boos, & ugly-cries. A life that's made up of hardship, strife... this is absolutely harrowing and also jubilant. That the two opposites can cohabitate so snugly in one Hollywood-ready book--you and I have never experienced something quite like this. Bless her. She is a new voice in comedy, books, the world!

I wanna thank Erik, my personal stand up guy, for this amazing recommendation. A t

"Growing roses out of poop"

Other than reading, I really love comedy. Really great stand up can be an art form. I love to wallow in it from time to time. My top faves include Pryor and Murphy (old leather wearing Eddie Murphy) (though his brother Charlie Murphy is a fucking riot (may he RIP) and surpassed Eddie's jokes at times)

Oh and Chris Rock! AHHHH! I could go on for days about him. So funny.

I still watch old comedy specials of these guys and I laugh like it's my first time watching.

(view s
Carla ☺Did I Say That☺
Awwwh...Hell Yeah..Tiffany!!!

..This book was funny as shit!!.. IMO..get the audiobook..listening to her tell this story is priceless!!!
Caitlin Hannah
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-reads
I spent the whole time I listened to this audiobook thinking about how to explain why I didn't like it. Haddish is smart, hilarious, and has undeniable presence. I bought this because I saw her on with Trevor Noah and laughed until I cried. Haddish has a lot to say and quite a life story to tell, but it didn't work in a book format for me.
I've seen her tell most of the main anecdotes in the second half of the book, but her delivery on stage was markedly different, more engaging, and the bits ti
Laurie Anderson
Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved her honesty, resilience, intelligence and incredible sense of humor. She lost me in the section about Roscoe - that chapter wavers between gross objectification and gentle fun. It feels mean-spirited about someone who did nothing to deserve it (as opposed to her ex-husband who totally deserved it).

But mostly I respect her for rising above the horrible stuff she had to deal with when she was younger, and reminding us that we are all works in progress. And yes, she is s VERY funny woman.
Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!

First off, I want to say that I love Tiffany Haddish. I think she's someone who is famous that is always authentically themselves and she always will be. She's a newer breakout star, so I didn't know much about her but this really shed some light into her past life and it was incredibly real and raw.

This book starts out with Tiffany's family and jobs as she was growing up. She didn't have the best life - her mom was (still kinda is) crazy and Tiffany never quite felt accepted in the fami
Krista Regester
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Tiffany Haddish is a one of a kind, and a strong, beautiful, hilarious woman. What she has gone through in her life has truly carried her to where she is today, but it’s still heartbreaking that she had to go through it. The first half of her book was about her childhood, her family, her introduction to comedy, and her relationships. I found myself laughing aloud so hard that I had tears running down my face. I couldn’t believe what was coming out of her mouth. It wasn’t just about the story eit ...more
Jenny Bunting
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
I LOVE Tiffany Haddish. So, I’m totally biased.

I laughed so hard at this book but it also had a great heart to it. Tiffany has been through a lot in her life but she chooses to see the good and positive in it. Tiffany is a great storyteller so she could make a mundane story interesting and funny. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to everyone.

I also found out that Tucker Max co-wrote the book and that’s is an interesting and perfect combo. A guilty pleasure of mine is Tucker Max and I f
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Tiffany Haddish! She seems like the kind of celebrity who would be very down to earth, and fun to be friends with. And she's had a helluva life. I identify with that in a big way. The whole time I was reading it, it was like listening to her tell the stories. She writes the way she talks. I legitimately ordered this book immediately after watching her interview with Trevor Noah, and I'm so glad I did! Even though I had to wait a whole month to get it because Amazon was sold out! Which is ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
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 ultima ...more
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