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I Am the New Black Hardcover – 20 Oct 2009

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  • Hardcover: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau; 1 edition (20 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385527772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385527774
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.4 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,097,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
If like me you enter this book through a love of Tracy on 30 Rock then you won't be dissappointed.

While it isn't the most well written of biographical book it certainly is the most frank and entertaining. It's an interesting insight into the world of 90's black comedy.

While it is quite short it is the perfect length for what it is.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ghettodog Millionaire (or Bronx Brown Bomber?) 10 Nov. 2009
By Herbert L Calhoun - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This autobiographical expose is both strong and funny and the strong parts are funny and the funny parts are very strong indeed. However as told here, there is a tragic comic aspect running along in the subtext of Mr. Morgan's life. Precisely in the way he has continued throughout it to dig holes for himself, only to then find uncommon ways to crawl out of them (high school dropout, drug dealer, ticket scalper at Yankee Stadium, serial impregnator, etc. turned successful comic, movie and TV star.)

As a result, there has been no rhyme or reason to his life or his life story. And since there is no rhyme or reason to them, there also is little left for the reader to hold on to here. His life lessons, though at times seemingly very wise and hard-earned, in the end ring hollow because his actions throughout his life have invariably countermand them: even at forty, he remains a random variable, bouncing like a pinball from one side of life to another, on his way back to the inevitable black hole waiting for us all. We know that just around the corner, there will be more trouble for Tracy Morgan, the black man with a lot of bass in his voice, and the comedian, father, and actor extraordinaire.

In this self-absorbed tabloid like expose, Morgan gives us way more than we bargained for, or needed to hear from him (His brown bomb in the swimming pool for instance. Or that his brother may have contracted meningitis by playing in the toilet bowl?). His unvarnished honesty is used like a Samurai sword, as he commits psychological Harikari by swishing his way through the first forty years of a "rags to riches" success story. And although he unmistakably is one of only a handful of our most talented comedians, this book reveals that his bright shining star is rapidly burning out and that despite this, he still remains full of himself and self-absorbed in an immature way that leaves the reader saying as my Uncle Nath used to say: "He's slick, but he still needs another greasing."

Morgan has been lucky in love, in life and in his chosen profession, which he remains committed to; and that is all to the good. However, he himself admits that he has already burned up eight of his nine lives and with many complications of advanced diabetes, he cannot fail to realize that he is undoubtedly living on borrowed time. At a time when he needs to be taking stock and getting his house in order for the final existential ride, Hollywood has so gotten into his bloodstream that I fear there is no cure for this very bright black man who has a lot to say, and has a lot left to do. Still it is a very good read. Four Stars
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I looove Tracy Morgan! 19 April 2010
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I was a total fan from the moment I saw Tracy Morgan on 'Martin' & my love continued as he was on SNL. Tracy Morgan's comedy doesn't usually transcend on an audience like me seeing as I am a small, early 20's, white, middle class woman. BUT IT ACTUALLY DOES! If you love Tracy, read this. If you have no idea who he is, you won't understand his humor or where he is coming from. I loved it & not only did I got really serious & you got to see a softer side to Tracy & you thought "Ok so he isn't really crazy." LOL!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, surprisingly inspirational and very entertaining 6 Feb. 2010
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Really enjoyed this very easy to read book about Mr. Morgan and his career, especially the details regarding how each SNL is made. Very inspirational for any artist coming from a tough situation, and his story gives you motivation to make your dreams come true. I hope more people read this and grab opportunity by the balls. Way to preach it Tracy!! Keep on rockin' & good luck with the new movie!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Black 1 Dec. 2012
By RYCJ - Published on
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This memoir grew on me the moment I opened the book, in which the thing here is, I don't ordinarily read prologues or openings. If the book is really good, then I'll go back to read the forward, and epilogue, and even acknowledgements and indexes, if any. But not starting out.

For Tracy's memoir however, I read the opening, and was pleasantly quite surprised. That intro was that fabulous. He's humble, but hungry. Still, I braced myself for a rough read...despite it already being clarified in the intro that I likely wouldn't be among the sect surprised by the contents of his story. Turned out, the intro was on point. I didn't need to brace myself at all.

I like the way he repeats himself... it's one of the ways I can hear his voice, along with those call-outs he shouts out intermittingly... as in "what's up Marci? I love you, girl!" But what I really loved, and appreciated, were the props he gives to the trailblazers who've inspired his career. Redd, Richard, Eddie, Martin, and later so many others (Bernie Mac, Cedric the Entertainer...) to now include the props he gives himself; my all-time favorite comedians.

His honesty is another tangible treat, even at the corollary of having to deal with some of the rawness surfacing from bodies like Chico. Let me put it this way, before this book I didn't know Tracy Morgan. And that's not only because, I haven't watched TV or movies in years. It's because it would take reading this book to really get to know him; that being (of course) if you aren't Tina Fey...

This made for a very engaging, easy read I highly recommend. Very well done!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Truth 15 Dec. 2010
By zeitgeist - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Tracy Morgan's "I AM THE NEW BLACK" is a funny, yet heartbreaking story. Morgan's honesty is a little too much to handle at times. His honesty is appreciated in such deprecating things as being a high school drop out, drug dealer, ticket scalper, and serial impregnator. But just as his honesty is appreciated in those aspects of his life, his details in other areas of his life are a bit much to handle and do not seem necessary. Overall it is a good book, if somewhat shocking in its vivid honesty. Three stars.
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