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Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope

Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope

Written by Karamo Brown

Narrated by Karamo Brown


Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope

Written by Karamo Brown

Narrated by Karamo Brown

ratings:
4.5/5 (147 ratings)
Length:
6 hours
Released:
Mar 5, 2019
ISBN:
9781508286226
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Audiobook

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Description

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 theater. 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 South in predominantly white neighborhoods and attended an HBCU (historically black college/university); he was trained as a social worker and psychotherapist; he overcame personal issues of colorism, 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 one 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 imperative that you figure out why you haven’t done so in 20 years so you 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.

Released:
Mar 5, 2019
ISBN:
9781508286226
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook


About the author

Karamo Brown, the culture expert on Netflix’s Queer Eye, is a former social worker and psychotherapist who was first introduced to audiences on MTV’s The Real World in 2004 and then continued to build their trust as a host on Dr. Drew Live, HuffPost Live, and Access Hollywood Live. He also founded 6in10, an organization that provides mental health support and education to the LGBTQ+ community. He lives in Los Angeles with his fiancé and two sons.

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  • (5/5)
    Raw, real, powerful, and just what my soul needed. His bravery in laying all that he was and his journey to who he is now is definitely inspiring. He will make great changes in this world, I have no doubt about that now.
  • (4/5)
    Very inspirational and it entertaining at the same time. It was surprisingly very good.
  • (5/5)
    I loved this book. I listened to to it whenever I could get the chance, both in my car and at work. I couldn't stop. It was amazing to hear how Karamo used the tough parts of his life to fuel his desire to achieve what he knew, deep down, he was worth. A great story!
  • (5/5)
    Wow this book was and is so amazing, and empowering! Loved getting to hear about this awesome human being! I laughed, I cried, and most of all grew as a person. With every chapter trying to embrace everything he spoke into my life! Love you honey! I have watched the show Queer Eye and already you had spoke to my life, but now taking this journey from beginning to end was so good! I wish and hope one day to meet you and talk about life! God bless you and your family and the fab 5, you all have a special spot in my heart!
  • (5/5)
    es muy reconfortante escuchar a karamo. disfruté muchísimo el libro y fue bello conocer su historia.
  • (5/5)
    Karamo is an inspiration! Easy to listen to, interesting life story and fun insight to Queer Eye!
  • (5/5)
    Love Karamo’s heart and his role on QE. Change starts within. I enjoyed this read during these times of social distancing. It was positive, honest, raw, yet uplifting. Thank you Karamo for sharing your heart.
  • (5/5)
    This book is real, soulful, helpful, honest, and exemplary.
  • (4/5)
    Great book! I didn’t know there was so much behind Karamo’s life. A great listen.
  • (5/5)
    I absolutely loved this book. I love you Karamo!!! Thank you for your kind words.
  • (5/5)

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    Loved this book!! very easy to listen to and it gets super deep.

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  • (3/5)

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    Interesting enough, but while I absolutely love Karamo on queer eye, he comes across as kind of arrogant in this book.

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