The Power of Laughter | The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
I finally finished another book on the Best Books of 2018 Goodreads list. As some of you know, I've made it my mission this year to read all the books on the list. Some of them are going to be hard for me because I'm not a big fan of some of the genres, but I want to see why these books were voted by the readers as the best books in their categories.
Title: The Last Black Unicorn
By: Tiffany Haddish
Release Date: December 5th, 2017
Publisher: Gallery Books
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
Review: Warning: This book is not for the faint of heart. There is a lot of deep issues that are talked about in this book. They are sometimes graphic and are not for everyone. However, I can see why this book was voted best in the Humor category. Tiffany Haddish had a rough childhood, but looking back on it now, she can see it through a filter of humor. Her story shows people, that you can come from the wort of situations and still push through and live your dreams. I really loved reading this book. There were so many funny moments and also heart touching stories that really kept you engaged with the writer. I can only imagine what Haddish went through, but now I can understand her journey a little more.
I gave this book four stars. A well worth it read.