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Workin' It!: RuPaul's Guide to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Style Paperback – February 2, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; 1 edition (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006198583X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061985836
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A glorious book from one of my all time favorite icons of glamour! I can’t get enough of RuPaul’s humorous wit, fabulous advice, positive words of wisdom, and the encouraging messages he offers to people like me who dare to be different!” (DITA VON TEESE)

“This book is required reading, because nobody does it better than RuPaul - a queen amongst men! Life, love and liberty - RuPaul really gets it.” (JACKIE COLLINS)

“RuPaul drags out the inner QUEEN in us all!” (TORI SPELLING)

“RuPaul is the spiritual leader of the transcontinental fashion elite. A life-coach and a beacon of stylish authority, RuPaul is also a fashion visionary and a treasure-trove of life-saving, brow-plucking, finger-licking life-style tips, and one of the funniest broads on the block.” (SIMON DOONAN, Creative Director Barneys New York and author of Eccentric Glamour)

“Ru embodies the true idea that you can create your own success on your own terms and remain completely authentic to who you really are. You better work!” (VANESSA WILLIAMS)

“If she says it AND it’s in print, it must be true!” (DEBBIE HARRY)

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I've read this book three times already in the past week.
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It is clear after I read this book that RuPaul has lived through some serious times and has done some serious internal work in his/her life.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By W. Carter VINE VOICE on February 11, 2010
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I loved this book. Miss RuPaul is workin it and has got it goin on!

A little more seriously, RuPaul should be commended for styling a self improvement book that works from the inside out (of a person). I was thoroughly impressed with the spiritual side of RuPaul as presented. He has walked a very rocky road and is here to offer his experience, strengh, and hope (as they say in 12 step meetings) so that others may graciously learn the "ropes" rather than having to experience them. Actually, this book is considerably(!) more provocative than expected. I stupidly assumed it would be full of frolic and whimsy--and it has those moments--however, the bulk of it is dedicated to telling his sobering story and sharing the wisdom he has accrued through the years. It's very much, ultimately, a "feel good" story. I originally bought the Kindle edition but was so impressed with what he had to say that I subsequently purchased the hardback so I could highlight and have ready access to many of his philosphical offerings. Four and a half stars. Highly recommended.

By the way, to me, this is not a gay or straight book. It's a person book noting the things he has learned through years of drag and other life experiences.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Scott VINE VOICE on February 5, 2010
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I bought this mainly because I'm a RuPaul fan but was pleasantly surprised that it was packed full of great positive advice and life lessons. There are tons of photos of Ru that are fun to see as he's in all sorts of different looks. You'll learn a lot about Ru himself and some of his ups and downs in his life and how doing the right thing, positive attitude and networking can bring you great things in life. Of course there's plenty of style tips for both men and women so there's something for everyone in this book. Its a fun read that just gives you a great positive feeling and these days we all can use some good energy and feel good. I really enjoyed it!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jay on April 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because I am a long time fan of Rupaul's work! I'm even hooked on "Rupaul's Drag Race"....the only reality TV show I watch; it's just TOO entertaining!

Too bad this book doesn't live up to all of Ru's former success. I had a much more thorough review written until it got deleted by accident (sadface) so I will just summarize here:

Pros:
- Beautiful full color photos litter every other page of this book...some very fabulous shos of Ru in all her glamorous glory!
- Insights into the workday schedule Ru had for filming her new show. We see just how hard a worker she has to be and how much effort goes into getting all dolled up in drag.
- Ru's ebulient personality shines, especially in the introduction. The best advice the book gives is to always have positive energy and to let go of drama (if you are already someone who believes in "getting what you give" then you can probably go spend your 20 dollars elsewhere)

Cons:
- 20 dollars for a thin little paperback book?! (the glossy photos must account for this! Glad I got a good deal for it here on Ebay!)
- Can be read in less than an hour.
-Very little information of actual substance (Do we really care about the fact that you don't eat fruit in tandem with any other foods s if it were a miracle diet solution? Do we really want to hear all about how you had a colonoscopy in full detail so that you could get a "Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity Booty!"?)
- This book is advertised as a guide to style and to life, but the information is very brief and very general.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By cadence on April 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm glad that I just checked this book out from the library because it is super short. There are many beautiful pictures of Rupaul in his glory, but apart from that the book doesn't have much substance. It does go into great detail about applying a wig, but since I don't wear wigs that info wasn't applicable to me.

I'm a huge Rupaul fan and I listen to his music all the time when I work out at the gym. (The best work-out song is the remix of Looking Good Feeling Gorgeous called High Heel Steppin.) I have previously read his autobiography which was called "Letting it All Hang Out".... and there was quite a bit of overlap from that book to this book.

I like the down-to-earth style of this book, but it was just so short! The advice to let go of the drama, be kind, love yourself... well, it's good advice, but it's pretty basic. The fashion advice to pack lightly for a trip by packing neutral basics was okay, but didn't rock my world.

I wish he would have gone more into detail about which make-up brands he uses and trusts... also more details about his favorite fashions, styles, color mixing, textures, etc. I guess, there is still plenty more to write for a third book!

Overall, I recommend this book based on the pictures, but don't expect too much.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Aguilar on March 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
RuPaul's latest book is a self help book, but one for both the inner and outer you. It's as funny and frivolous as his TV show RuPaul's Drag Race, but also like the TV show, has moments of insight and honest revelation.

There are of course, many beauty tips for women but also a nice helping of clothing tips for men. You'll learn a bit about RuPaul's history and how he came to be a world-renowned star and also find out some of the life lessons he's learned along the way.

The book starts off quite serious laying out RuPaul's basic tenants of living a full and happy life. I suspect RuPaul has read some Eckhart Tolle as I heard a lot of his ideas echoed in the Introduction.

I would have liked a slightly more in-depth book, but enjoyed the many and varied photos of RuPaul throughout. Maybe a photo book should be next on his list of things to do.

Positive, uplifting, inspiring, funny and even candid, Workin' It has something for everyone to enjoy.
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