If you looked up the word Authentic on the internet, a giant picture of Tiffany Haddish should be next to it. 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.
The memoir starts as a nonlinear coming-of-age tale that, when simplified, can feel as if the facts are not in Haddish’s favor: She’s poor, illiterate until ninth grade, and in the foster care system despite being in her grandmother’s custody. Her mother is in a mental-health facility, and her father abandoned her when she was 3 years old.
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.
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.
In this memoir, she is being one hundred percent honest about her struggles, mistakes and bad choices. The book is short and reads fast, sometimes too fast. But the funny parts will bring you to tears. So will the painful parts.
She acknowledges that these experiences are “unbelievable,” and that they will “either make you cry or laugh.” But, somehow, with her colloquial style, uncensored retorts, and personal encounters recounted as scriptlike dialogue, Haddish does make you laugh, but also makes you relate and empathize, to her pain and joy, her embarrassment and excitement, her boldness and fear, and everything else in between as any great comedian does. You can’t help but root for her while laughing out loud at her antics.
Tiffany Haddish writes the way she speaks, kind of like I do, and that works extremely well because you can almost hear her voice in your head as you’re reading the book.
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