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Shaken, Not Stirred (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Tim Gunn
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Tim Gunn - mentor to contestents on Project Runway, and author of A Guide to Quality, Taste, and Style and New York Times Bestseller Gunn's Golden Rules - recounts his tumultuous relationship with his father in this personal essay. Gunn's father, Bill, was a special agent who served as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover's ghostwriter and lived his life according to a set of unbending routines. When Bill Gunn was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, his rigid habits seemingly preserved his sanity while alienating Tim and the rest of his family. Shaken, Not Stirred offers an intimate and heartfelt look into the life of one of fashion's most beloved icons.

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Tim Gunn is the epitome of charm, style, and polish. He's well-mannered, well spoken, and--of course--well dressed. But if you've ever wondered who the man is behind the countless suits, the fashion advice, and the star-studded events, then Shaken, Not Stirred is a good place to start. In this Kindle Single, Gunn sheds light on a more personal side of his life, revisiting his childhood and recounting what it was like to grow up with an obsessive-compulsive father. Not wanting to follow in his father's footsteps (though he has his father to thank for his penchant for suits), Gunn struggled to overcome his own OCD tendencies and demons, including a failed suicide attempt. It becomes clear that his rise to the top was not an easy one, making the man he grew up to be even more impressive. --Shirley Hong

Product Details

  • File Size: 113 KB
  • Print Length: 15 pages
  • Publisher: Tim Gunn (May 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UN4L9E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,172 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
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The author writes about his dad, who was a typical man of the fifties. It reminded me a good deal of my own father. "Every one of Dad's colleagues would eventually commit suicide, most by gunshot to the head, and every woman in their circle except for my mother would become a dysfunctional alcoholic. But in the fifties, they were all riding high," he writes. His father was an agent for the FBI.

His dad became J. Edgar Hoover's ghostwriter and "was responsible for Hoover's speeches, correspondence, articles, and books." I found this to be a well-written, fast-paced single.It's easy to see where the author got his sense of style. This is a personal look into his life. As a child of the fifties, he offers a unique perspective on a very special time in America and at a most unusual and, yet, quite typical family of the fifties.

This is a brief bio of a very interesting man and well worth the read.


-- Susanna K. Hutcheson
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tim Gunn we love May 22, 2011
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Tim Gunn shares with us another of his wonderful stories of life. Not fantastical tales, not lectures, not lessons about how to live life as defined others. He has a wonderful talent for finding humor and richness in the reality of things simply as they are, and the truth that we are not limited by those things but can find strength and limitless options in them instead. One of the most lovely things about him is that he urges us all to accept ourselves - warts and all - and celebrate our differences as we live our lives together.
In sharing the life of rituals and worries he observed in his father, he is honest and open about how these things influenced his development and even his mental health as he became an adult. He's brave enough to admit his concerns that the OCD and Alzheimer's Disease his father was so restricted and imprisoned by looms large in his conscience as he ages. In the end, he is realistic and genuine in his admission that letting go - even in the most ironic of circumstances - is a victory. He is - as always - the marvelous Tim Gunn we have come to know and love.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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I, naturally, have seen Tim Gunn on both "Project Runway" and numerous talk shows from time to time, but have never known much about "the man," only his work. This beautifully written short story left me aching for more and more from Mr. Gunn!! I beg you, Mr. Gunn, please give us a full length book just about your life!! Gunn's writing style and honesty are addictive and this story is, all at once, touching, upsetting, heartfelt, and uplifting. "Shaken Not Stirred" left me crying out for more and I was so disappointed when Gunn's small peek at his life's story ended. This is a MUST READ if there ever was one!! Well worth $1.99--about the price of a bottle of soda and much longer lasting!! A superb read!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Seemed like a chapter June 5, 2011
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I am new to reading Kindle shorts, but I have read a few. I like the idea of a short, as long as it is a complete work in itself...not just a teaser to get you to read something else. This one seemed like the first chapter in what could be a great book. It was well written and had me interested in Tim Gunn's life as a son and how that experience helped shape him into the man he is today. However, I didn't feel like he was able to explore that idea in as much detail as it deserved. I was left thinking, "Great, now where is the rest of the book?".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Living a life crippled by routine and ritual May 23, 2011
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Tim Gunn presents himself as a son brutalized emotionally by an overbearing father whose life was given order and ultimately overtaken by an increasingly bizarre need for routines and rituals. What could be more terrifying for the son, then, to come to the realization that day by day he was becoming more and more like the father.

That is Gunn's story in this Kindle Single, a memoir of growing up in the 1950s in a family dominated by his father George William "Bill" Gunn, a tall, handsome, athletic man who could step right out of a "Mad Men" episode. Gunn the Elder was a G-Man who worked in the inner circles of J. Edgar Hoover's FBI where he was Hoover's ghostwriter and confidant.

Gunn's father was successful, polished and a person of habits - excessively, obsessively so. "His life was an amalgam of routines, or perhaps `rituals' is a more appropriate word. The way in which he ordered his life went beyond establishing a rhythm and cadence; it was what we would now almost certainly diagnose as obsessive-compulsive."

He was a person who was always right, and always things were done his way and on his schedule. When he got lost on his way to a restaurant and his wife correctly suggested turning right instead of left, Gunn's father insisted that the restaurant had moved since their last visit. Instead of a leaky roof causing upstairs water damage, Gunn's father pronounced that the spots on the ceiling were caused by squirrels in the attic, peeing. End of discussion.

In the memoir Gunn describes a series of increasing peculiar instances of his father's obsessive behavior which over time followed a trajectory that led from strange to deranged to demented. Eventually his father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and confined to a nursing home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I ALWAYS heart Tim Gunn!
Published 1 month ago by Ariel Vik Maxwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting Background of Tim Gunn's past Life
I love Tim Gunn from Project Runaway. I like how he is, classy, elegant and not afraid to be emotional yet appropriate and deeply caring. I would love to have him as a friend. Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. Mansur
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Published 3 months ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Loved this book. I think Tim Gunn is a fantastic teacher and just a good person and it was very interesting to read.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon-Kunde
3.0 out of 5 stars Just okay
A strange and personal story that sort of explained how a father behaved all his life that led to a diagnosis of ALzheimer's and the sadness that comes from someone with very set... Read more
Published 4 months ago by fredy
4.0 out of 5 stars Tim Gunn's early life
A short story about Tim Gunn's early life and his father. Wish there was more!
Published 5 months ago by Seneca Gal
3.0 out of 5 stars Over before it started
did I only get part of the download? This was shorter than a short story. I was hoping for more.
Published 7 months ago by Nancy Renz
3.0 out of 5 stars unfinished...
I liked the story, but it felt like something was missing. I felt like this was supposed to be a magazine article.
Published 9 months ago by Ngan Nguyen
4.0 out of 5 stars Great quick read!
Loved this story! I've always admired Tim Gunn, however to know there is more to him than fashion was fascinating. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Silvia Siguenza
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
interesting to learn about Tim's background. He's a success.
Published 11 months ago by ShaynaMadel
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