Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope
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
PW Reviews 2019 April #4
In this often passionate, insightful memoir, Brown, known for his reality TV roles on