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

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      Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope. By Karamo Brown. Mar. 2019.304p. Gallery, $27 (9781982111977). 791.45. As the culture expert, or 'psychotherapist/ life coach/emotional mentor,' on [...]
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      BOSTROM, A. Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope. Booklist, [s. l.], v. 115, n. 12, p. 9, 2019. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.575009889&custid=s3443875. Acesso em: 25 maio. 2020.
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      Bostrom A. Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope. Booklist. 2019;115(12):9. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.575009889&custid=s3443875. Accessed May 25, 2020.
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      Bostrom, A. (2019, February 15). Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope. Booklist, 115(12), 9.
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      Bostrom, Annie. 2019. “Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope.” Booklist, February 15. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.575009889&custid=s3443875.
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      Bostrom, A. (2019) ‘Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope’, Booklist, 15 February, p. 9. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.575009889&custid=s3443875 (Accessed: 25 May 2020).
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      Bostrom, A 2019, ‘Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope’, Booklist, vol. 115, no. 12, p. 9, viewed 25 May 2020, .
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      Bostrom, Annie. “Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope.” Booklist, vol. 115, no. 12, Feb. 2019, p. 9. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.575009889&custid=s3443875.
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      Bostrom, Annie. “Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope.” Booklist, February 15, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.575009889&custid=s3443875.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Bostrom A. Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope. Booklist [Internet]. 2019 Feb 15 [cited 2020 May 25];115(12):9. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.575009889&custid=s3443875


Booklist Reviews 2019 February #2

As the culture expert, or psychotherapist/life coach/emotional mentor, on Netflix's überpopular Queer Eye reboot, Brown helps the show's subjects connect with their interior selves while his colleagues in the Fab Five work on their more outward ones. His watershed casting on Queer Eye came from a lifetime spent deciphering his own dreams, from when he first revered talk-show hosts like RuPaul, Oprah, and Phil Donahue as a young teen. Starting his memoir with the story of the name his father insisted on for him, and which translates to Educated Rebel, Brown is candid and warm in all the ways his fans will expect. He relates a childhood filled with both love and trauma, his journey through anger problems and addiction, the stops and starts in creating a career that fit, and his unexpected path to fatherhood. Even his story's happy ending, a hit show and an upcoming wedding, is addressed with introspection. Brown states his passion for helping others find the language to communicate their emotions; readers will appreciate his openheartedness in sharing his own. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2019 May

These days, Brown is best known as one of the Fab Five on Netflix's Queer Eye. In this debut, he shares what life was like before the cameras started rolling. Beginning with the struggle of learning to love his name, Brown chronicles his journey of identity and black masculinity—the story of his Jamaican Cuban heritage and the pressure to succeed in a family of immigrants. From his childhood in Houston to his college years at Florida A&M, he's refreshingly honest about experiencing complex childhood trauma as the result of emotional and physical abuse, and living with a dad who wasn't always the best role model. Brown touches on racism and colorism in the gay community, homophobia in the church, and abuse in LGBTQ+ relationships. Before being cast on Queer Eye, Brown was a social worker in Los Angeles and later appeared on The Real World. His social worker background shines when he discusses his wavering self-confidence amid drug addiction and, ultimately, learning to focus on his emotional and mental health. Heartwarming chapters about his partner Ian Jordan and sons Jason and Christian round out the book. VERDICT Fans will flock to this sincere memoir and its thoughtful advice.—Stephanie Sendaula, Library Journal

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 April #4

In this often passionate, insightful memoir, Brown, known for his reality TV roles on The Real World and Queer Eye, shines a revealing light on addiction, race, and desire. Born in 1980 in Houston, Tex., he was the only son of a Jamaican-Cuban immigrant family and proud of his Rastafarian father, who gave him the Swahili name Karamo, meaning "educated rebel." Sometimes the name caused Brown embarrassment, but it fostered an inner strength in grade school, he writes, and as an undergraduate at Florida A&M, a historically black college. His pioneering appearance as the first openly gay black man on MTV's The Real World put all of his flaws on view, and led him to confront his drug use, excessive partying, drinking, and depression. Brown's role as Queer Eye's fiery culture expert allowed him to comment openly about racism and sexual stereotypes as he found happiness as the single father of two boys and, later, in a committed relationship. "We must find ways to move the needle on success and love," Brown notes in the clear-eyed writing and encouraging tone that permeates his narrative. This is a powerful story of a young, gay black man's fight to gain self-empowerment and healing. (Mar.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.