4 out of 5 stars
“I believe my purpose is to bring joy to people, to make them laugh, and to share my story to help them. To show people that no matter what, they matter, and they can succeed. No matter how bad things go, no matter how dark your life is, there is a reason for it. You can find beauty in it, and you can get better. I know, because I’ve done it. That’s why my comedy so often comes from my pain. In my life, and I hope in yours, I want us to grow roses out of the poop.”
I picked this up finally after seeing it on the library’s bookcase that showcases best pics for the event that month. I saw it every time I picked up a new book and I read the inside cover each time but would keep finding something else I would rather read. This visit I didn’t find anything else I wanted to read so I decided to pick this up and I wish I would’ve given it a chance sooner.
Tiffany Haddish is not someone I had heard about prior to reading this book so I loved learning about her existence through her book. This was definitely a book that I didn’t want to put down but was also glad that each chapter was a different topic so I was able to put it down if I needed to. She tells the story of her life as if it was a comedy special which in a way she did turn it into one.
There is a lot that she went through and I am very surprised as well as in awe that she turned it all around. I love how open she is about her life and how vulnerable she allows herself to be with her audiences. I think that her vulnerability in this piece really allows you as a reader to connect with her even if you may not know who she is. There were definitely times I forgot it wasn’t a piece of fiction and then when I would remember it would come as a shock that people could treat her as badly as they did.
There is one chapter that has no humor in it but it still fits the tone of the rest of the book. I love that even before you read the chapter Haddish warns you about the emotions that are going to come along when you read this section. Midway through that chapter she warns you again to take a break before continuing because it gets worst before it gets better.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Tiffany Haddish or to anyone who loves comedians. This is a great way to introduce a new comedian into your life.
About the Book: 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.
About the Author: Tiffany Sarac Haddish is an American comedian and actress. After guest starring on several television series, Haddish gained prominence as Jackie on the first season of the OWN television drama If Loving You Is Wrong from 2014 to 2015.
About the Book and About the Author borrowed from Goodreads.
If you would like to read this book you can find it at
https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Last-Black-Unicorn/Tiffany-Haddish/9781501181832 or look for it at your local library.