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“The Last Black Unicorn” by Tiffany Haddish

The Last Black Unicorn

 

Tiffany Haddish is one funny lady, and it’s hard earned humor. I’ve found that a lot of funny people have hard pasts. Humor is their armor and their survival gear. Its how they get through the hard things – if they can find something funny about their situation, their life, if they can find a way to make other people laugh through their story, then it isn’t so bad.

Tiffany has a lot of reasons to try to find humor in her life. Her father left when she was 3, her step-father tried to kill her mother, instead, leaving her a shell of her former self, and a mean, angry shell at that! Her mother vacillated from comatose to bullying and violent, always directed at Tiffany, who had to grow up fast and raise her younger half-siblings. She became a ward of the state and felt as though she was unworthy of love. Many of us have been there.

She’s honest about her poor decision making and bad choices, brutally honest, and it’s not a book for the young or faint of heart. I wouldn’t hand this book to my 14 yr old, or my mother. But I would recommend it to my bad*ss women friends who enjoy humor, and the ones’ who saw “Girl’s Trip”, or have seen Tiffany Haddish on Jimmy Kimmel or watched her comedy shows. She’s real, and her book is like listening to a TV or radio interview – she doesn’t sugar coat her story or try to make the bad parts seem better. She talks about her bad marriage, her crazy relationships, sex, love, abuse, assault, and her brief time as a pimp. Yes, a for real pimp. Her language is as colorful as a sailor’s and she makes no apologies. If this makes you uncomfortable, you probably won’t enjoy her book.

Overall, her story is one of survival, the power of overcoming, and perseverance. She followed her dream and went through really tough things to get there. She didn’t give up, she went through some bumps in the road, some detours, made decisions that might have put her off course, but who hasn’t done that? She may speak a language more blunt and coarse than you, but her story is inspiring.

Many who have gone through the things she has survived have not achieved half of the things Tiffany has, and many of them have not forgiven near as much. I have not been through nearly as much as she has, although I have some things I hold hard in my past, and she has easily forgiven much more than I have managed to forgive. I’m working on it, but she makes it seem so much easier, and she seems much happier for it. While I may not express myself as she does, she has far outgrown me in many areas of her personal life, forgiveness is one thing she’s attained, that many of us have not.

Kudos to her, and her happier, fulfilled life. This book leaves me invested in her future, and wishing her all the best!

You can find a radio interview of Tiffany where she talks about her book and some of the stories in it here.

You can find Tiffany’s Jimmy Kimmel interview here.

Jada Pinket Smith talks about Tiffany Haddish on Jimmy Fallon here.

 

 

 

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Review – “Life As We Knew It”

Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors #1) by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Released: October 2006
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 337
Source: Library

From Goodreads:

“Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all–hope–in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.”

My review:

As I’ve mentioned before, I really enjoy dystopian novels, whether they involve zombies or not.  Another blogger, Brittany, read this book before me and said, “It was dystopian without having to go far into the future and very realistic. It really made me think that things like this could really happen and how scary that would be!”  After reading it, I totally agree.  While the story didn’t have super fantastical elements, such as virus’, walking dead, survival camps, mass evacuations or martial law, the very fact that it is realistic is the scary part!

A large meteor hits the moon, and shifts it’s orbit.  As the moon gets closer to earth, tsunamis, floods, earthquakes and erupting volcanoes decimate thousands of acres, cities and even entire states, hundreds of thousands of people are dead, and the government systems are defunct.  Miranda’s mother immediately tasks the family with filling multiple shopping carts with non-perishable food, hygiene products and first aid supplies.   When Miranda’s oldest brother, Matt, returns from college they begin chopping and stockpiling wood, months prior to winter.

As the season’s progress and food sources run low, the electricity is out, natural gas is gone, the well runs dry and schools close down.  The family’s world gets smaller and smaller as communication ceases, gasoline supply is exhausted, the volcanic ash turns the sky gray and the air polluted, the family is confined to their home.  Diseases spread, the volcanic ash has killed their garden and there is no more food to be had, their strength wanes and lack of privacy wears on their disposition.

Miranda’s father and his new wife, Lisa, are expecting a baby, but are unable to reach the kids since the phone system has been down.  As the rare radio station program reads lists of the dead, the future seems very uncertain, and in fact, improbable.  Miranda doesn’t know if her father is dead or alive, if Lisa has had her baby, or if they are even still alive.  As asthma, infections and the flu spread in Miranda’s hometown, the remaining citizens begin leaving for other places in hopes of finding a utopia in the midst of despair.

The scary part of this book is the fact that it is so realistic.  While a zombie apocalypse probably won’t happen, a major depression, or some natural or nuclear disaster is possible, and the results would probably be much the same as a large meteor displacing the moon.  Lack of electricity, sporadic news or  lack of wide spread communication, rations on gas – all of these things have already happened with lesser cause.  (Consider Hurricane Katrina for example.) While this novel is a work of fiction, it deals with a future that could be very realistic.

Now, excuse me while I empty my truck, and head to Sam’s Club to buy in bulk….

I rated this book a 3.5 out of 5.  I enjoyed it.

Other reviews on this book can be found here:

TeenReads

Books N Tea

And the book trailer:

The second book in the Last Survivor series, The Dead and the Gone, also has a book trailer:

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Lazy Sunday

I don’t really have a Sunday Meme, and although I’ve finished two books in two days, I’m not really feeling a book review out of them.  This post is a reflection of my Lazy Sunday, spent online.

I love Bookman’s video’s.

Here are some song videos I really enjoy….

The Band Perry – “If I Die Young”

Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger”

Gym Class Heroes – “Stereo Hearts” featuring Adam Levine

And this week’s favorite song (of mine) –

Fun – “We are Young” featuring Janelle Monae

What do you do on Lazy Sundays?

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Pronunciation – Book versus Manual

Today while watching Ellen (I was home with my sick little one), we saw the funniest thing.  There is a youtube guide called Pronunciation Book – this shows a word, and says the correct pronunciation.  I assume it’s to help people learning English, or to help English speakers with those weird little words they see and always wonder about.  Here’s an example of Pronunciation Book…

 

Funny story – when my sister was very young she used to pronounce this “Fox Paws”, and it took my mom and I a minute to figure out what she was trying to say.  I still get tickled about this, and occasionally when we are all together one of us will still say it as “fox paws”, just to get everyone to laugh.  (I’m giggling just typing this)

Ok, here’s the current funny thing – someone put a spoof channel called Pronunciation Manual on youtube, and although it’s totally a joke, if someone were to come across this instead of the Pronunciation Book, we are never going to understand them!  This cracks me up, and while there are a multitude of video pronunciations, here are a couple of my favorites…

 

 

So, if you’re finished gasping for breath and crying on your keyboard, you’re gonna have to go to youtube and check out these channels.

All I’ve got to say after 30 minutes of watching these is…..

 

 

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