Mini book review: ‘The Last Black Unicorn,’ by Tiffany Haddish

by Patty Templeton

Tiffany Haddish is a stand-up comedian who will make you laugh so hard that you bust open and your innards burst forth in an explosion of good energy and glitter. #ForReals. If you need proof, watch the clip of Haddish interviewed on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.”

Haddish’s “The Last Black Unicorn” is a poignant, hilarious memoir that covers everything from her hard times in foster care to working airport customer service, being an agent to lowbrow porn stars, and reaching her stand-up and acting career. She gloriously details her (mis)adventures in romance and the revenge she sought after relationships went bad. (Juvenile, yet brilliant, there is a scheme that involved shit and an ex’s shoe.)

Every single story here is over-the-top and showcases a life lived with an infectious energy and a ferociously powerful positive attitude. Pro tip: get the audiobook because Haddish reads it. Just be careful where you listen to it. Say, for example, you are listening at the gym, be prepared to look like a weirdo loudly laughing to yourself during a solo workout.

If you like soulful absurdity like Carrie Fisher’s “Wishful Drinking” or Jenny Lawson’s “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened,” i.e. memoirs that pack a punch and a laugh, you gotta get “The Last Black Unicorn.”

— Patty Templeton


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