Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope

Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope

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 a 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 is important, but so is figuring out why you haven’t done so in 20 years!

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.

Title:Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781982111977

    Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope Reviews

  • Sahitya

    TW: domestic abuse, addiction, depression, suicideI loved reading Tan’s memoir Naturally Tan just a couple of weeks ago but I had completely forgotten that Karamo’s memoir was already out until I ...

  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)

    This review can also be found on my blog!CW: intimate partner violence, drug use, and suicideThis book has been on my radar forever. Why? Because I love Queer Eye, a show I never expected to love in t...

  • Kelly

    Such a fantastic memoir, whether or not you're a Queer Eye fan. Karamo shares his life story, beginning with a loving family that eventually breaks apart due to addiction and abuse. He's not afraid to...

  • Ginny Beck

    It basically reads like a big long entertainment magazine profile piece (it literally ends with a pitch for his new podcast, lol) BUT I like the show and I enjoyed reading stories about his life, and ...

  • Tib

    I'm not going to give this a star rating, because I feel really weird rating someone's life story. But, I will discuss how much I enjoyed reading the book.CW: abuse, drug addiction/use, attempted suic...

  • Fabian

    In the past couple of years I've read a lot of celebrity memoirs but never talked about them, because most of them really disappointed me. I mean if you're going to write a full lenght book about your...

  • Sarah

    I blazed through this in about a day. The writing style is very casual, the font is larger and there are a fair amount of photos so it's a quick read. Karamo's story is fascinating. I think this would...

  • Sarah

    It wouldn't be Karamo Brown if he didn't make me cry at least twice while listening to this audio book.I love how honestly he talks about his past (including his own abusive behavior, drug abuse and h...

  • Hannah Smith

    Audiobook version.Kind of wish I didn't read this. It's not very well-written and very repetitive, self-satisfying and corny. Sorry Karamo....

  • MaryJo

    Such an inspiring story of hope, love, loss, and overcoming tremendous obstacles. Karamo's life story is brilliantly shared and he brings light to many difficult situations. ...