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Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work Hardcover – September 7, 2010
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“There is a reason Tim Gunn is so beloved. Who else are you going to take advice from if not the consummate gentleman? Tim is the best—and he knows what he’s talking about!”
About the Author
Beloved pop culture icon and New York Times bestselling author Tim Gunn is best known as the Emmy Award–winning host of Project Runway. He also hosted two seasons of his own Bravo makeover series, Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style, and was the host of the reality TV series Under the Gunn.
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Gunn isn't pretentious; he admits that he's not made a great deal of money until quite recently. I enjoyed his telling of how his godparents came to visit him and later sent him a check for $10,000. He loved his New York apartment, but their gift certainly suggested that he needed to upgrade his furnishings! I like how he has put himself and his job on the line because not to do so would have been lacking in integrity. And, I appreciate his honesty about his sexual identity, referring to himself as asexual; a term that evolved over the course of twenty years after his one important relationship with another man ended. And, his readiness to admit that he still carries love for this man in his heart is endearing.
Before reading this book, I enjoyed watching Tim Gunn relate to the contestants on Project Runway. Now I feel as though I've at least been introduced to the man. He makes me want to take a look at my own life and "make it work". How much fun it would be to share a meal with him.
Our dining table at home includes a chair with a piece of tape under it that says "Tim Gunn Sat Here." He came to a signing of his first book at a bookstore I managed in San Diego and, of course, we couldn't have Tim sitting on folding chairs, so I brought in our comfy dining room chairs for him and his lovely co-author. That piece of tape is a fun reminder of a visit from a man who is truly as nice and kind and funny as he appears to be. I spent an hour or so watching him interact with the line of fans that went down the block, talking to each one as though they were old friends. And it turned out that one of the people in line WAS an old friend, a girl he'd practice piano with who lived across the street from his childhood home, and it was a surprise and warm reunion.
Tim Gunn is a remarkable person who lives and works in a world that he would seem to be out of place in, and proves that you don't have to be an Anna Wintour in order to Make It Work. Just get this book and enjoy the quick fun ride!
His writing is also truthfully tactful when it comes to manners. What I love most about this book is that he is an advocate for basic manners and for basic social decency (eg. Please do not use your stroller as a battering ram, or if you get a gift, send a thank you card, or please do not mistake the open subway door as a free for all battle royale, etc.). I'm just happy that Tim thinks the same way I do when I gladfully help my grocer bag my groceries or encourage a mother with a few items in her cart to hop in front of me. I know it's not much but to see them smile makes my day - if they say 'Thank you!' that's even better (inside joke if you read the book!).