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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Farrah Gray Publishing, Inc. (May 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982702787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982702789
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful By PooleProof on May 21, 2011
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I bought this book because I wanted to know more about someone I first came to "know" as a viewer when he worked at KTVI Channel 2 in St. Louis, and later met at an event I was involved in. I already knew he was great at his job, as his reporting and anchoring always had both grit and polish, something I appreciated. But what always intrigued me is that there seemed to be more to the man than met the eye, something that made him approachable and distant at the same time. It's a mystique we in the world outside of the box we place television journalists in revel, and where we don't know them well we fill that box with all kinds of ideas, projections and possibilities that eventually turns each of the people we welcome into our living rooms into nothing more than an image; not a flesh-and-blood human being.

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.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Tom Markus on May 17, 2011
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After reading the early release of Don's book, all I can say is WOW! So refreshing to see an openly gay African-American role model with impecable integrity. There is no way you can read this book without being affected. Don is not just an anchor on CNN but an incredibly hard working journalist and man of tremendous depth and love.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Skyler on May 18, 2011
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So, one of my closest friends purchased this book before I did and I happened to have snagged it for a moment to read it. A couple of parts got me teary eyed; teary eyed at the fact such an inspirational, driven, moving man can be such a role model to not only himself but the millions he revealed his life secret too.

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.

Boy J
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Steve Gio on June 20, 2011
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Don Lemon is one of my top favorite CNN anchors after Anderson Cooper.
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?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By yoda on May 23, 2011
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I was very intrigued to this book because of some commonalities Don and I share. I am an Asian lesbian who strives to succeed in academic and research fields. Of course, each of us has our own unique life journey. He grew up in the south and I grew up in Japan. He is an African-American gay man and I am an Asian gay woman.

The vivid descriptions of his memories evoke my version of lonesomeness and even create hilarious moments to make me giggle uncontrollably. Yet more importantly, there is something that resonates with me so deeply: feelings of uncertainty, guilt, shame, agony, non-classifiable, and the least expected. The negativity of race and sexuality he has gone through somehow resonates with me. How might I fit into society? Where do I walk alone as a minority gay individual? Is there any my place for me?

He also brings out an issue of stereotypical views which we all have in some degree. As an African or an Asian descendent, we are expected to represent certain characteristics regardless of diverse individuals in the minorities. The typicality surely exists and often brings us emotional conflicts, fitting or unfitting. Through his extraordinary life stories he courageously presents transparent himself. It is an true inspiration to many colored gay men and women. I feel blessed to have an emotional journey which brings me back to an internal conversation about my sense of truthfulness.
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