Naturally Tan

Naturally Tan

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"Fashion and compassion make the man. In this heartfelt, funny, touching memoir, Tan France tells his origin story for the first time. With his trademark wit, humor, and radical compassion, Tan reveals what it was like to grow up gay in a traditional South Asian family, as one of the few people of color in South Yorkshire, England. He illuminates his winding path of coming of age, finding his voice (and style!), and marrying the love of his life--a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City. From one of the stars of Netflix's runaway hit show Queer Eye, Naturally Tan is so much more than fashion dos and don'ts--though of course Tan can't resist steering everyone away from boot-cut jeans! Full of candid observations about U.S. and U.K. cultural differences, what he sees when you slide into his DMs, celebrity encounters, and the behind-the scenes realities of 'reality TV,' Naturally Tan gives us Tan's unique perspective on the happiness to be found in being yourself. In Tan's own words: 'The book is meant to spread joy, personal acceptance, and most of all, understanding. Each of us is living our own private journey, and the more we know about one another, the healthier and happier the world will be.'"--Dust jacket.
Before he became famous as one of the Fab Five makeover experts on Queer Eye, Tan France a member of one of the very few South Asian, Muslim families living in South Yorkshire, England, routinely bullied for both his culture and his skin color. To avoid further abuse and a rift with his family, he did not come out as gay until the age of 34. Here France shares the lessons he's learned about being a successful businessman, a devoted spouse, and self-acceptance. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2019
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781250208668
1250208661
Characteristics: 267 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, color portraits ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Donofrio, Caroline - Author

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nbartos
Sep 25, 2019

This was a shockingly emotional and hard-hitting memoir. I already knew that I loved Tan, but I have so much more appreciation for him now as a person and as a TV personality. There are some truly dark moments in this memoir from the start when Tan discusses his struggle with racism growing up and moving to his struggle with coming out and with depression. This book truly digs deep, and I think Tan did a great job with a balance of emotions as well as with a balance of life story, humor, and tips.
I think you could split this book in half, where part one is before Queer Eye, and part 2 is during Queer Eye. Not that I wanted less part 2, because I absolutely loved that, but I wanted more part 1. Some of those "scenes" felt a little rushed. However, I'm obviously nitpicking because this was a fantastic book. I highly recommend the audio book because Tan does a fantastic job narrating, and there is a surprise guest that joins in a chapter and a discussion at the end.
Overall, loved it, and I haven't really stopped talking about it since I finished it.

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RustyReader9
Sep 08, 2019

A heartfelt, funny, touching memoir that is honest about race, bullying, love, marriage and fashion. Even if you are not familiar with the show, this is still an excellent read.

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hitthebooks
Aug 18, 2019

What a fun book to listen to. I think he is funny and definitely English. He made a lot of sense and talked about all kinds of things. He used to make his own clothes as his grandfather owned a sewing business. He learned from a young age to dress well and that he didn't like girls. He married a cowboy from Utah and they have been together ever since. He makes a lot of reference to being brown and how difficult it is being brown. He is a go getter and doesn't think he's that famous but likes his life and makes an effort all the time with his partner and making their life wonderful. Tan is very sure of himself and exudes confidence even if he feels he is not. Liked this book.

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