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Transparent Hardcover – May 11, 2011
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About the Author
Primetime Don Lemon is a multiple Emmy-award winning journalist and one of CNN's most well-known news anchors. He is an avid user of social media, was one of the first journalists to actively 'vlog' as a means of communicating with viewers and has been frequently invited to speak on the changing face of media. In addition to his role with CNN, he volunteers extensively and teaches journalism at Brooklyn College.
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Top Customer Reviews
With "Transparent", Lemon proves he is a full-on human being, lumps and all. Laying out a story that begins in youth and takes us along through adulthood via personal experiences, career progressions and internal thoughts and decisions, Lemon puts flesh on the bones of his backstory and infuses this very personal biography with sense of honesty that higlights his very human need to know what we all want to know: that we matter.
There are lessons here focused on a variety of subjects, from race, to politics, to individual self-worth. And the lessons are powerful and relatable on a number of levels. Pay attention and you'll understand that Don Lemon the journalist was made possible because Don Lemon the man lived the life he lived.Read more ›
After hearing & reading about the Don Lemon story, I have decided to come out myself. I wanna thank you Mr. Lemon, you have truly inspired me to reveal my own true colors.
I applauded him for coming out and judging from the overwhelmingly positive responses on Facebook too numerous to count, he did a great service to closeted gay men and women in professional careers.
It was thus with eagerness that I purchased his new autobiog. "Transparent." While I did not expect a 'tell all' gay gossip rag (and Mr. Lemon acknowledges that indeed those who expected such would be disappointed) I did expect more in-depth recounting of what it was like as a young African American man to realize early on that he was gay. In fact, other then mentioning his affirmative parents and recounting some positive aspects of childhood, he completely avoids talking about sexual orientation other than 'naming it' early on. The rest of this disappointing book is a recount of the rise of his career.
As one who works with struggling gay teens and young 20-somethings, I had, erroneously it turns out, anticipated that Mr. Lemon's book would be a resource that I might use to help young men and women who need a positive role model, such as I continue to believe Mr. Lemon is. My issue with this book is that it did not address the gay identity struggles he dealt with. Nor does he mention his sexual orientation whatsoever in any future chapter. To wit:
* what struggles did he experience in attempts at relationships or how his gay identity revealed itself over his early years and into his college and early professional life? He mentions he is gay and other than one encounter with a teen older than he was, that was it. There is no mention of his personal life today: does he have a partner? If so, how did he and his partner (IF he has one) come to establish a meaningful relationship?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing read, Don Lemon provides the reader with a first hand experience on just about every event that he has experienced throughout his life and gets very personal and emotional... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Charles
It was interesting reading a snapshot of his life but the majority of the book was about his career.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Transparent is insightful, well written and organized, beautifully balanced and opens the mind while touching the heart & soul of the reader. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of the best memoirs I've ever read. Don Lemon has been a favorite journalist of mine for years. Read morePublished 4 months ago by GARRETT
Definitely entertaining. But really comparing women's music festivals I.e. Michigans womens festival with nazis is a bit over the top. Really unfortunate and absurd reference. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed reading Transparency. Don shared the good, the bad and the ugly parts of his life. I have enjoyed watching him on CNN. Great book.Published 9 months ago by Jeremiah Jasper
I did like this book at all my mom read it has well and she did not like it . I will not say a bunch of bad things about this man s life story but this just was not a good book at... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Traci Buck