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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's lessons are life lessons that are illustrated by a certain point or story that examine the context of his thinking. Unlike some celebrity authors, that can neither write nor name names, Gunn does both, often in hilarious and/or cringing results. He doesn't mince words about some of the fashion industry's biggest names. Much of the publicity hype surrounding the book tells these stories already.
But if you are going to read the book just for the stories, you are going to miss a bigger picture Gunn is trying to paint. A constant theme through his book is a reminder to be civil to one another. Nearly every chapter returns to that theme in some way; whether he recounts a story of overprivileged kids or spoiled designers. Flowing through some etiquette reminders, and even some very personal stories of his childhood and adolescence, he visits the theme of respect and civility. It's both refreshing and rare.
Fans of Project Runway will find a lot in here to relish and rejoice with. How does Gunn feel about Santino Rice? How did he get involved with Runway to begin with? What does he really think of Michael Kors, Nina Garcia and Heidi Klum? I'm not telling. Gunn does a far better, and more naturalistic, job of explaining his viewpoints. In fact, recently, there has been some controversy surroudning videos he was making about the show, and his honesty in them. I say, continue, Mr. Gunn. It's new and refreshing (although I suspect legal challenges may end up muting you somehow).
I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with Tim Gunn. Nary a page didn't reveal something new, something compelling, and something interesting about this fashion, no... a life mentor that I feel as if I know so much better.
Hats off to you, Tim.
What he has to say here is "seasonless" or timeless lessons on life, manners and how to simply get along with people in general. It is refreshing to read someone on the "it list" who doesn't see himself that way & doesn't see himself as entitled as many celebrities do ... and he has a pretty clear disdain for entitlement (*so do I!)
This is a fun read, and contains so many life lessons that everyone should have instilled in them at a young age (I was lucky enough to get most of it- but unfortunately as we age sometimes we get put into situations where we forget or the people surrounding us have a bad influence). I think Tim is a wonderful role model for anyone- fashionista or barista or sheet metal worker.
I loved his work on the TV show "Guide to Style" as well- Tim can come give me a makeover any day!
"Make it work" has also always been the way I've gotten through life- just not with such a snappy motto.
Bravo to Tim- I hope he continues to write more.
He doesn't pull back with his stories; he "names names" and when he doesn't, you know who he is referring to unless you've been living in a cave somewhere. Reading about his relationship with his mother is heart wrenching, as is his reflection of his first romantic relationship. He has been through tough emotional times in his life, and he is a better man for it.
I'm in 100% agreement with him; our civilization is becoming less civilized. Good manners go a long way in dealing with our fellow human being. It amazes me how often I am thanked by people in service occupations for being polite. It serves to remind me of the treatment people must endure in the name of a paycheck. It takes so little to say "please" and "thank you" yet means so much.
I adore Tim Gunn. After reading his book, I find him to be even more of an endearing gentleman. Tim, let's do lunch!
His judge of character is right on. I have a feeling, some aren't too happy what he wrote about them but I trust Tim's descriptions without exaggeration of events.
Tim is all about good manners but won't shrug when bad manners are destructive to others.....he'll stand up even to the more powerful. Wrong is wrong and he doesn't tolerate it. I can tell, he doesn't follow his own set of rules but rules good for all.....know what I mean? He explains (my take) why the rules we should all follow, rules around long before any of us, work.
I don't know if Tim has written more than the two books I have so far.....if he has, I'll find them, if he hasn't....Tim! MORE!
I really like Tim so much.....we need MORE Tim Gunns in this world.