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Naturally Tan: A Memoir de Tan France
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Naturally Tan: A Memoir (edição: 2019)

de Tan France (Autor)

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A USA Today Hottest Book of the Summer for 2019! A Best Nonfiction Book for 2019 in Women's Day! One of Hello Giggles's "Most Anticipated Books of 2019 to Add to Your Reading List"! "Just when I thought I knew everything about Tan, he hits me with this. His story is so heartwarming, and wickedly funny." --Antoni Porowski 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. In this heartfelt, funny, touching memoir, Tan France 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 South Asian family, as one of the few people of color in South Yorkshire, England. He illuminates his winding journey of coming of age, finding his voice (and style!), and marrying the love of his life--a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City. From one of the stars of Netflix's runaway hit show Queer Eye, Naturally Tan is so much more than fashion dos and don'ts--though of course Tan can't resist steering everyone away from bootcut jeans! Full of candid observations about U.S. and U.K. cultural differences, what he sees when you slide into his DMs, celebrity encounters, and the behind-the-scenes realities of "reality TV," Naturally Tan gives us Tan's unique perspective on the happiness to be found in being yourself. 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."… (mais)
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Título:Naturally Tan: A Memoir
Autores:Tan France (Autor)
Informação:St. Martin's Press (2019), 288 pages
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The whole tone of the book feels like Tan is speaking directly to the reader. There are many times where it feels like the text document of something meant to be conveyed through speech. The book is not written fully chronologically because each chapter discuses more on a topic. So some situations or even phrases get repeated a few times as a result. On some topics - especially fashion - Tan sometimes has a very ‘this is the fact of how it is’ tone. Sometimes even having a fashion chose equate something about a person’s personality, etc. But, for lifestyle choices, he’ll always be careful to say that even if it’s not for him, there’s nothing wrong for someone choosing that if it works for them and makes them happy.

He writes very frankly. He does well in expressing how he felt about a situation, but also putting it into perspective. And he often calls himself out for things he has done in the past and even for how he has portrayed himself. While he does take in some tough topics, on the whole the book is rather light-hearted feeling with his frequent jokes and jabs at himself. ( )
  Sara_Cat | Mar 8, 2021 |
So I have to admit something. Out of all of the Queer Eye guys, I love Tan the best. I just love his accent, his hair, and his delight he gets in clothes and helping others look their best and be comfortable with their bodies. I always hated clothes shopping with my mother because she loved to just plop me in anything that was pink with ruffles. I was her only girl and I got it, but good grief when I see pictures of me as a kid I want to give myself a wedgie. Back to Tan, this memoir is full of a lot of funny lines but also some heartbreak when Tan recounts having to deal with growing up in England and the racism that people dealt out to him. He also discusses how when it was found out that he was gay and dating a man some of the people that he thought were his friends and loved him turned on him. I seriously want to give him a hug. There's a lot of warmth and humor in this book along with a lot of very good fashion tips. I totally took a picture of the one on jeans. I am still looking for my perfect pair. I am also now ashamed I have a lot of bootcut jeans.

"Naturally Tan" has Tan France of Queer Eye fame talking about his life growing up in South Yorkshire, England and the many ups and downs along the way he had. I always judge memoirs on how open the author is. I have to say that Tan is very open about his life and is upfront about saying he does not like to talk about the Muslim religion and having people think that he represents it. I know what he means though. When a person of color is at the forefront of something, people tend to say see, that's how all X is. It drives me up the wall. You know how many times I had to tell someone that Kanye West doesn't speak for all African Americans?

I thought the writing was great and I laughed at a lot of lines in this book while reading.

"So yes, "dog breath" was one of the worst things anyone could have said to me, but it also fucking saved me.

That girl was the queen bee, but she peaked in high school. Go ahead, have that moment Emma. She recently reached out to me on Facebook, telling me how proud of how far I've come. I did not respond. That, dear reader, it the sweetest fucking revenge."

"I also can't dance, but I hide it well in public. What I mean by this is, when I'm dancing in the mirror-and really, who doesn't dance for themselves in the mirror?-I know that Beyonce would be impressed. I know she would say, "Tan I didn't even realize that was you and not one of my backup dancers." Alone, I'm incredible. But when I'm dancing and I see other people, my limbs take on a life of their own and they insist on embarrassing me. "You should not do this publicly," they say. So I stop."

"The best thing about the Olive Garden is that when you arrive, they always ask, "Are you celebrating anything today?" The question they should ask is, "What happened to your life that you're ending up at the Olive Garden? What ailment are these breadsticks and Alfredo sauce attempting to cure?"

The book tells things in a slightly chronological order, but sometimes goes back and forth to the same period in the next chapter so that when you are reading a chapter you go wait, I think we talked about this? So there is some of that going on that may confuse readers. I was able to follow along so I didn't mind it. I do tend to like memoirs that tell things in order.

I thought this was a very solid read though short. I would have liked even more tips and insights from Tan. Once again, I promise I am throwing out my bootcut jeans. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
Did not finish; got most of the way through. I hardly give 1 star reviews.

I love Tan (loved?). He seemed like a great person and amazing friend. At least that's how he's portrayed on QE. But this book was just not good. He just was not good.

Firstly: Many repetitive sentences, too much "I did this; I did that" instead of showing, and strange segues.

The stories he was telling were, on the surface, compelling, but the writing was just terrible. It would have been good to hire a ghostwriter in order to get his thoughts down in a coherent and non-repetitive way.

Secondly: What Tan was writing about himself made me dislike him...which makes me sad. He made himself come off as an arrogant person but that's not what he portrays on Queer Eye at all. I understood that he was trying to make himself sound more down-to-earth, but it came off wrong. To quote another person in another review: "He comes off as incredibly judgmental, vindictive, and petty."

The part that really had me wanting to put down the book was when he told a story of a girl in school making fun of his "dog breath" and later in life, after Queer Eye, she messaged him on Facebook saying how proud of him she was. She didn't appear to ask for anything, she just said something to the effect of, "Good on you! I'm so happy that you made something great of yourself." And Tan's response was nothing. He was proud of the fact that he never replied to her message. He gave off big vibes of, "Look at me now, bitch. I'm better than you now." Just...no.

Ugh. I would have loved to read your story had it been written by someone else. But if this is how you really think of people, Tan, I can say I'm not a fan anymore. ( )
  mdunagan | Dec 2, 2019 |
The reality tv show Queer Eye is about makeovers for straight guys. Each show features a different man that has been nominated for the makeover. The "Fab Five" arrive to help him with home decor, grooming, cooking, fashion, and culture, and at the end of the week, the guy goes solo hosting a party or attending a significant event.

Naturally Tan is the memoir of the fashion guru, Tan France. He is from northern England, and the first chapters of the book are about growing up a gay Pakistani in a small English town. Next Tan talks about his career in fashion, from following his grandfather around the family clothing factory to owning three successful fashion businesses simultaneously. He writes about the toll work stress can have on oneself and one's family. Tan works hard to maintain a work-life balance in his relationship with his husband, who is a rancher's son from Salt Lake City. Finally, Tan writes about being asked to audition for Queer Eye and what it has been like to be on the show.

If not for a friend's recommendation, I would never have picked up this memoir, but I'm glad I did. I was mesmerized by the twists and turns of Tan's life, and how grounded he has remained through adversity, business success, and now fame. The book is written in a straightforward, unpretentious manner, and I admired both his candor and his desire for privacy (for instance, he refuses to talk about being Muslim, saying religion is personal). An interesting and enjoyable read, great for a summer day relaxing with some lemonade. ( )
  labfs39 | Oct 29, 2019 |
My 10yo son and I both absolutely adore Queer Eye, and watching it together has led to so many fantastic conversations about acceptance and loving kindness and self-care and self-love. I'm so grateful and happy that this show exists and that the cast are all so loving and open. And so this memoir-loving gal was delighted to get her hands on this book; reader, it doesn't disappoint. France tells us about growing up as South Asian and gay in the UK and about the struggles inherent in negotiating those qualities with the world, then moves on to moving to the states, starting multiple businesses, battling the immense stress caused by running those businesses, and finally, of course, getting cast and being a member of the QE show. He manages to be honest about himself and the world as he sees it in a lovely and gracious way, and walks the humble-and-grateful line without tipping over into humble-brag territory or insincerity at all. It's well done and engaging, and (as all honestly-written memoirs are, I believe) brave, and I'm grateful to Mr. France for sharing a bit of his life with us. ( )
  scaifea | Aug 5, 2019 |
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A USA Today Hottest Book of the Summer for 2019! A Best Nonfiction Book for 2019 in Women's Day! One of Hello Giggles's "Most Anticipated Books of 2019 to Add to Your Reading List"! "Just when I thought I knew everything about Tan, he hits me with this. His story is so heartwarming, and wickedly funny." --Antoni Porowski 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. In this heartfelt, funny, touching memoir, Tan France 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 South Asian family, as one of the few people of color in South Yorkshire, England. He illuminates his winding journey of coming of age, finding his voice (and style!), and marrying the love of his life--a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City. From one of the stars of Netflix's runaway hit show Queer Eye, Naturally Tan is so much more than fashion dos and don'ts--though of course Tan can't resist steering everyone away from bootcut jeans! Full of candid observations about U.S. and U.K. cultural differences, what he sees when you slide into his DMs, celebrity encounters, and the behind-the-scenes realities of "reality TV," Naturally Tan gives us Tan's unique perspective on the happiness to be found in being yourself. 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."

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