I loved this memoir. Karamo is such a sweet soul and you can tell throughout his book that he has such an affinity for helping people and putting them on a path toward being their best selves. I loved how open and honest he was throughout his story when discussing past issues of physical and emotional abuse, drug and alcohol addiction, colorism, identity confusion, and public infamy. I also appreciated how in certain parts of the book he is straightforward in telling the reader when discussing someone else that he won't go into details because it is their story to tell. So much of what he said really hit home for me including, "Emotions do not happen in response to events, they happen in response to our thoughts around that event. Having the vocabulary to name your emotions helps you to see how the way you're thinking is creating them. When I mastered identifying my feelings, I recognized their temporary nature--which freed me from much suffering and gave me clarity so I could grow through my conflicts." If you love Queer Eye, do yourself a favor and read Karamo's story!
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).
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.