Not Taco Bell Material, by comedian and TV and radio personality Adam Carolla, is a personal biography about a man who climbed the ladder of success working at jobs, such as carpenter and later progressing to radio, televison, comedy and acting.
Carolla grew up in a house that was termed “The Barn” by the neighborhood. During his teen years, the family had little money and he had low self esteem. For a long time, Carolla and his family moved laterally and not vertically up the ladder of success.
Not Taco Bell Material shows how Carolla progressed from small dingy houses with weak foundations to bigger and better ones. Ultimately, he graduated to high society when he moved into a huge house in Hollywood Hills.
This memoir has many black and white pictures, such as, “The Barn,” grandma’s house, Ron Tomi ( a twelfth grade counselor), and a picture of Carolla outfitted in a sombrero in Baja, Mexico. These pictures add a considerable reality and personal touch to the overall presentation.
Carolla was a man who grew weary and resentful of having to live on the edge. He had the character and fortitude to decide to change things instead of blaming his parents or surroundings for life’s tribulations. In due time, Carolla changed things for the better through perseverance and hard work in a number of endeavors.
Not Taco Bell Material is a wonderful book which illustrates the need to tackle misery forthrightly instead of wallowing in pity. A grateful Carolla, who refers to the Hawaiian word “Majalo”– “thank you”–ends the book by saying that dedication and the use of one’s talents are the road to pursuing dreams for a better life no matter the starting point.
The presentation of Not Taco Bell Material is very easy to read with a comfortable colloquial style of writing. Carolla’s honesty and self-deprecating humor are present throughout the book.