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Karamo

Written by: Karamo Brown
Narrated by: Karamo Brown
Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Publisher's 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 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.  

©2019 Karamo Brown (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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An Amazing Human Being

Listening to Karamo's story - written and read by him - was an unforgettable experience. I have taken more away from this than words can describe. An excellent account of an incredible journey, divided neatly into easy to follow and relevant sections. Highly recommended!! ☆☆☆☆☆

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thank you for being so open

Karamo is extremely vulnerable and works through a life full of challenges in this book. I appreciate his honest and candor on the topics.

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  • Nozomi
  • 2019-03-23

A read for everyone.

Karamos' story is just a whirlwind. The good, the bad, the embarrassing. His narration is of course amazing. So full of energy and emotion.

Him being so candid with his struggles like fame, and the ego that comes with that. As well as addiction, and the hurt that always follows. Be it hurting himself or others.

Then some of the great stuff, like the two sons he realized he had. Stepping up for them in a huge way, and building a family as well as keeping the one he has together.

My favorite part was the surprise party for his husband.

I cried, I laughed, I related, and I came away with more knowledge that I can do it. That *you* too can do it! That we can go on and live our best lives.

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  • Joseph GrosJacques
  • 2019-03-09

Amazing story

This book is truly inspirational. It opened my eyes to many different points of view. Karamo thank you for your words, and for sharing your story.

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  • lserver362
  • 2019-05-30

An emotionally stimulating listen!

Knowing Karamo from Queer Eye, I had to chuckle the couple times I teared up while listening. Dang you, Karamo, I said to myself. This book is inspiring without being too self-help-y, which is something I'd never read. Grateful he's shared his story in this way.

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  • Nathan
  • 2019-08-18

Beautiful narrative and messages

This book helped me feel genuinely wiser and kinder. It gave me a lot of cause and some emotional resources to develop my own sense of purpose and self-confidence. And hearing the material in the voice of the author made the experience perfect. I truly hope that millions of people complete this audiobook, and I recommend it unequivocally to everyone and anyone.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-14

What A Ride!!

I cried, I laughed and I learned a lot about myself. I love Karamo’s story about his love for Ian. His story took you on a roller-coaster ride of his ups & downs, reminding us to get up whenever we fall and not to be afraid to take risks when face with them.

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  • Olivia a.
  • 2019-04-16

Amazing

Every chapter was so inspiring and eye opening. Karamo has a way of talking that makes me want to be a better person to myself and others. Focus on what he says and I guarantee you will benefit from listening or reading this book.

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  • SandyMyDarlin
  • 2019-09-12

never knew

it was great to hear Karamo narrate the book, I love the show and this was a great extension of it. I wish I would've taken notes while I listened - there was lots of great nuggets of wisdom

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  • hmgoebel
  • 2019-08-29

beautiful life

I love learning about others' journeys and Karamo has a lovely life story and tells it so well here.

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  • ho74
  • 2019-08-17

Kind heart, sweet spirit

I love that it was very easy to see the heart of Karamo throughout the store. The only thing I struggled with was the disconnected story. It kind of went back-and-forth and back-and-forth. It makes me want to go watch the show, tho!

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  • Soycristina
  • 2019-08-09

fun and motivating

this was excellent company during my drives... like having karamo talk to me every morning!