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Summary

An insightful, candid, and inspiring memoir from Karamo Brown - Queer Eye’s beloved culture expert - as he shares his story for the first time, exploring how the challenges in his own life have allowed him to forever transform the lives of those in need.

When Karamo Brown first auditioned for the casting directors of Netflix’s Queer Eye, he knew he wouldn’t win the role of culture expert by discussing art and theatre. Instead he decided to redefine what 'culture' could - and should - mean for the show. He took a risk and declared, 'I am culture'.

Karamo believes that culture is so much more than art museums and the ballet - it’s how people feel about themselves and others, how they relate to the world around them, and how their shared labels, burdens, and experiences affect their daily lives in ways both subtle and profound. Seen through this lens, Karamo is culture: his family is Jamaican and Cuban; he was raised in the American South in predominantly white neighbourhoods and attended an HBCU (historically black college/university); he was trained as a social worker and psychotherapist; he overcame personal issues of colourism, physical and emotional abuse, alcohol and drug addiction, and public infamy; he is a proud and dedicated gay single father of two boys, one biological and the other adopted. 

It is by discussing deep subjects like these, he feels, that the makeovers on the show can attain their full, lasting meaning. Styling your hair and getting new clothes and furniture are important, but it’s also important that you work out why you haven’t done so in 20 years - doing that can truly change your life.

In this eye-opening and moving memoir, Karamo reflects on his lifelong education. It comprises every adversity he has overcome as well as the lessons he has learned along the way. It is only by exploring our difficulties and having the hard conversations - with ourselves and one another - that we are able to adjust our mind-sets, heal emotionally and move forward to live our best lives.

Karamo shows us the way.

©2019 Karamo Brown (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

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What an honest insightful story of Karamo’s life so far.

I picked this audiobook because I love watching Queer Eye with my two girls. I love the diversity of the show and also instilling in my children that they can be whoever they want to be in this life and I’ll be proud of them. This book exceeded all my expectations. Doesn’t matter how bad your past life was, how much you feel you got wrong - there is ALWAYS time and reason to turn things around. If anyone is having a hard time in life, found themselves on the wrong path, this book is for you. It will leave you feeling you can achieve anything you put your mind towards.
Karamo Brown, thank you so much for your honesty, openness and just for being you.

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Amazing Story

I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect from this, part of me thought it was going to be a sappy self help book but the more I learned about Karamo the more I wanted to know. I had never seen or heard of The Real World so knew nothing about him prior to Queer Eye. After listening to this I now know that he is a real inspiration. To go from the person he was to the person he is is the ultimate qualifier for his current and any future job he has. His story of personal growth is truly one to be admired. Highly recommend this book.

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Very Inspiring

this book taught me to forgive myself regularly, actively work for my dreams and to have hard conversations with myself and those around me

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Wouldn't have expected more from Karamo

Love it. Loved Karamo from the beginning of Queer Eye. How he explains his story from being a child to an adult in the media shows what kind of person he is. Selfless and fundamentally good. He speaks of his past with fondness but also remorse, candor and genuine understanding. Brilliant.

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My soul feels like it’s been wrapped in a warm jumper.

Brilliantly insightful, pure and brutally honest.

A wonderful insight into a man who is seemingly driven by love.

Thank you Karamo.

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Honest and heartfelt

I appreciated Karamo for his honest account of his life, there was some things that he wasn’t proud of but he goes to show the readers how any one is able to turn their lives around.

He talks about some of the difficulties people face in life but at the end of each chapter puts a positive spin on things, I felt it was a very uplifting book.

I would recommend to anyone!

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Fabulous read! 🌈✨💖

It's very interesting and reflective read. I loved how his life lessons helps you the reader also, look introspectively at their own life and perspective. Karamo is such a honest and genuinely kind soul.
I would highly recommend this book!

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What a book!

I am new to the Queer Eye phenomenon. Somehow it came to me while looking for something light and inspirational to listen to. And Karamo by Karamo Brown popped up. Everything about this book made me purchase it. I listened with anticipation and I wasn't wrong. I loved Karamo's sense of self, his ability to be raw, his desire to impact the flow of others' lives, his sheer choice of living authentically and his love for his family. His narration added the pizzazz that only he could muster. What a book!

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uplifting

A really enjoyable listen, that left me feeling pretty uplifted... much like the show he's famous for.

Although not exactly a "warts and all" memoir, Kamaro doesn't shy away from touching on the darker times he's experienced, particularly with addiction.

This book finishes on a final chapter about Queer Eye, but I'm sure there's more to come from Kamaro, so I'll look forward to the follow up!