I recently started listening to audiobooks and I love that I can access free books from the local library through the free Libby app. I used to never read two books at once, but now I like having an audiobook and a physical or e-book at any given time. I started reading a women’s fiction book and wanted to pair that with a non-fiction, which led to Tan France’s book Naturally Tan.
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Review & Thoughts
Initial thoughts & why I selected this book:
I love getting a closer look at the lives of celebrities that I admire and I was so excited to see that Tan France had recently written a book. Even better was that it was available to listen and that it was recorded by Tan himself! If you’ve ever watched the show, you know you’re in for some good entertainment.
Themes, elements, and notes from the story:
- Filled with fashion tips and hilarious stories. I don’t think I’ve read about anyone having gone through so many jobs trying to find something that worked!
- Responsibility to speak for those that don’t have a voice.
- Being the best version of yourself. I loved how moved he was that they won an Emmy for a show where he didn’t play a role, he was himself!
- Insightful to read about his background and his experiences in America; from racism to fame and wealth.
- Tan loves an ‘I told you so’ moment!
Fun Fact: after reading this book I remembered that I have the ‘Antoni in the Kitchen‘ cookbook on my shelf. I should try some of his recipes soon!!
In a Nutshell: Entertaining and insightful. Tan France is so wonderful and I enjoyed listening to his story.
My Rating: 4 / 5 Stars
Book Format & Source: Borrowed audiobook from my local library through the free Libby app
Details From the Book Jacket
Naturally Tan by Tan France
Published: June 4, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press
In this heartfelt, funny, touching memoir, Tan France, star of Netflix’s smash-hit QUEER EYE, tells his origin story for the first time. With his trademark wit, humor, and radical compassion, Tan reveals what it was like to grow up gay in a traditional Muslim family, as one of the few people of color in Doncaster, England. He illuminates his winding journey of coming of age, finding his voice (and style!), and how he finally came out to his family at the age of 34, revealing that he was happily married to the love of his life–a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City.
In Tan’s own words, “The book is meant to spread joy, personal acceptance, and most of all understanding. Each of us is living our own private journey, and the more we know about each other, the healthier and happier the world will be.”
Books by Tan France