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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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“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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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.
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:
- 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)
- 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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Buy this if you need some inspiration. I have loved RuPaul since the MAC Cosmetics days, and I am so happy to see the Supermodel of the World getting the respect he's due. Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Customer
Love mama Ru book, and it's very lovely all the words in every page!Published 1 day ago by Rod Hernández
This book is so lovely. It's nice to know someone shares my thoughts on The Divine AND appropriate makeup application. ♡Published 3 days ago by Amber Lee
This book was just ok. I guess I was looking for some deeper thoughts from Ru.Published 3 days ago by William S. Scott
I fun mix of self-help, comedy, and style tips. Easy to read. Lots of picturesPublished 10 days ago by Joey
This book is an easy read and feels like you're in the room with RuPaul as he's writing the book. Great advice and totally relevant to your everyday life.Published 2 months ago
RuPaul is just the most family friendly drag queen I know of this generationPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer