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Naturally Tan

A Memoir
Written by: Tan France
Narrated by: Tan France
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Tan France's unique accent, chummy intimacy, and cheeky delivery make audio the best way to experience his memoir." — The New York Times

This program is read by the author, with a special guest appearance!  

In this heartfelt, funny, and touching memoir, one of the stars of Netflix’s Emmy Award-winning smash-hit Queer Eye reveals how an Englishman raised in a traditionally religious home became a fashion icon - and the first openly gay, South Asian man on television - simply by being Naturally Tan.  

Before he became famous as one of the Fab Five makeover experts, Tan France was the youngest child in his family, growing up in South Yorkshire, England. As a member of one of the very few South Asian, Muslim families living in the predominantly white community, he was routinely bullied for both his culture and his skin color.  

Knowing he was gay from an early age, Tan harbored that secret to avoid further racial harassment and potentially cause a rift between him and his family. It was a secret he would keep from them until finally coming out at the age of 34 - happily married to Rob, a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City.  

With his trademark wit, humor, and radical compassion, Tan shares his journey and the lessons he’s learned along the way about being a successful businessman, a devoted spouse, and self-acceptance. From navigating the gay community; to finding the love of his life; to creating a popular ladies’ clothing lines for Kingdom & State and Rachel Parcell, Inc.; to joining Antoni Porowski, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, and Jonathan Van Ness on Queer Eye as positive, representative celebrity role models for LGBTQ people; Tan followed his own path to develop his signature style and embrace life on his own terms.  

Full of his candid observations about US and UK cultural differences, social media behavior, celebrity encounters, behind-the-scenes realities of reality TV, and - of course - fashion tips, Tan gives his unique perspective on the happiness to be found in being yourself.  

©2019 Tan France (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Absolutely THE BEST!

I binged this memoir so hard. Tan France is an incredible narrator, and brings his memoir to the next level with his witty commentary making this memior feel like an intimate discussion between friends.

My only ONE complaint is that the recording studio kept switching up his recording booth, so you can definitely tell when a different recording section is dropped in. It sounds like he was recording in a closet and it distracts me from the overall story.
NOT on Tan at all, it was the recording studio that is to blame.

If you have seen Tan on his witty YouTube channel, expect the same here. He's so funny, and clever. This is definitely my favourite memior of the year.

5 stars! 🌟

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  • seriess
  • 2019-06-04

Binged and would binge again!

Was watching this book like a hawk, waiting for it to be available to listen to. Yes I binged it all in a day and I’m sitting in the lobby ready to get the physical copy and see Tan on his tour! Absolutely phenomenal! Glad we get to see another side of you Tan!! And *SPOILER* Antoni was a nice little side bar! Couldn’t recommend this book enough!

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  • Chris
  • 2019-06-12

Beyond what I could’ve expected

I laughed, I cried, I ugly cried, I honestly think it’s changed my life! I have to accept that I’ll never be friends with Tan in real life but I have a new found respect for him and I had a lot of respect for him before this book. Truly the best book I’ve read in a long time

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  • CLH
  • 2019-06-09

A heartfelt, honest and hilarious memoir

Tan France narrates his wonderful memoir with snark, sass, and love. His story is both very personal and delivers an honest look at what life is like for people of color. I cried over some of his earliest memories of racism growing up. I also laughed along with him when he delivers his sassy commentary on clothes, style and being famous. I smiled and sighed and grew smitten over Rob with him as he shares their love story. The print copy is great, but the magic is the author-narrated audiobook. Highly recommended!

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  • AnnMarie Stiles
  • 2019-06-07

Definitely rereading!

I truly loved this book and I was not even finished with it when I decided that I'm going to read it again. I felt like I was going on the emotional rollercoaster with him as he told stories of his last and present. I was crying within the first 20 minutes! I dont usually write reviews but this book deserved it. I reccomend this book 1000%

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  • Emery
  • 2019-06-24

A Fabulous read from start to finish

This was a moving and illuminating story that covered everything I expected and a good deal more, beautifully and lovingly narrated. Definitely worth the listen.

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  • jennifer harker
  • 2019-06-22

Part memoir part self

I’m bummed. Half the book is Tan’s life advice. I admire him a little less after reading this book

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  • Victoria
  • 2019-06-20

So good!

Tan is a fascinating person and it was so nice to hear his story! I would definitely recommend this book!

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  • Jake Sexton
  • 2019-06-18

Phenomenal

SO GOOD. Tan is relatable, sweet, and kind. His life story about growing up gay in a culture that doesn't accept you was a shot to the heart. 100% recommend to anyone considering reading.

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  • Xavier
  • 2019-06-18

So Blunt & Entertaining

First of all, this is narrated by Tan himself, and his accent is lovely to listen to. His personality really shows through in this audible book and he is just so matter-of-fact, as he’ll tell you. He really answers everyone’s burning questions about himself that you didn’t even know you had. And he gives incredible advice about fashion, life, money, relationships, etc. I could listen to this again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-18

wonderful story

i Love Tan and I loved this book. it is personal AND has great fashion advice