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

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

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

ratings:
4/5 (6 ratings)
Length:
262 pages
3 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Mar 5, 2019
ISBN:
9781982111991
Format:
Book

Description

An insightful, inspiring, “candid and warm” (Booklist) memoir from Karamo Brown—beloved culture expert from Netflix’s Queer Eye—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 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.”

After all, Karamo believes culture is 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.

In “this soul-soothing memoir” (O, The Oprah Magazine), 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.

“During every episode of Queer Eye, there’s at least one touching moment where Karamo Brown drops some serious wisdom about self-love and makes everybody cry. His moving memoir about overcoming adversity captures that feeling in book form” (HelloGiggles).
Publisher:
Released:
Mar 5, 2019
ISBN:
9781982111991
Format:
Book

About the author

Karamo Brown is a TV personality, producer, and host who fixes hearts and minds as the Culture Expert on Netflix's Emmy-winning series, Queer Eye. He made history in 2004 when he appeared on MTV's The Real World as the first openly gay African American reality TV star. In 2007, Karamo learned he had a nine-year-old biological son, Jason, and gained full custody. He later adopted his son's half-brother, Chris, and left the spotlight to become a social worker before making his return to TV. He lives in Los Angeles with his fiancé and two sons.


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  • (3/5)
    I only know Karamo from Queer Eye, so I was completely unaware of his Real World character. He has come a long way since his family and drug problems. This was a quick read and will appeal to his fans. He's come a long way. I didn't care for the overused "they don't have the language for that" reason for problems. I also didn't care for the choppy sequencing of his life events.
  • (3/5)
    "I had a choice to make: I either had to talk about museums and art or I had to talk to the stranger and get to their emotional core."


    Karamo often makes everyone cry, even this viewer!
    This book is about hearing his story and learning about the journey he is on in life.

    It was nice to get to know him and his background a little bit better that the slivers we see on the show.