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Lettin it All Hang Out: An Autobiography Paperback – June 6, 1996

4.7 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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The nation's most celebrated drag queen combines his tale of transformation from teen misfit in Georgia with fashion tips and photos.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (June 6, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786881658
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786881659
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,098,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Thank you RuPaul for writing this book! What a treasure it is. I'm not sure how much non-fans, and hetero's will appreciate it, but for me it has been a lifeline! Anyone who has been through the wringer (and man does Ru have stories for you), is a drag queen, has a sense of humor (RuPaul is wickedly funny, though never mean), or wants to learn more about Ru should pick up this book ASAP. Ru has been very brave in letting us into his mind, life and soul. There are many life lessons to be learned along the way and a whole mess of laughs too! What a suprise to find it published by Disney! This is also a great how-to-be-a-drag-queen book. Ru tells ALL her secrets and gives tips on releaseing the inner drag queen in us all. Finally he is revelaed to be a person of great strength, integrity, bravery and also very wise. I wish we all could be a bit more like "little Ru-Ru". Full of pictures, wit and wisdom this is a MUST buy!
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By JGC on September 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
"Lettin It All Hang Out" is a lot like RuPaul; both are fascinating, colorful and incredibly lively! In her first book, Ru talks about how she became the world's most famous drag-queen. She is like Dolly or Charo. How can anyone not adore Ru?

I've always loved RuPaul because she is not like a typical drag-queen. Anyone that's ever known a drag-queen (especially in NY) knows how temperamental and mean-spirited they are prone to be. But, Ru is so kind-hearted and loveable. She once described herself as a "Disney character." And, I think that really is the best way to explain her because everyone loves her.

RuPaul honestly details her rise to fame and stardom; living in NY's seedy East Village during the 70's and 80's. She also candidly writes about her tumultuous relationship with her family from the south and how she had to be who she had to be.

The book includes lots of extra tidbits and odds and ends; perhaps, even some info that I would rather not know (there is a chapter about "tucking!") And, Ru includes lots and lots of pictures of herself through the years. As a man, or as a woman, Ru is beautiful on the inside and out.
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Format: Paperback
RuPaul takes us into her private home and shows us all the stuff she has gone through. This takes on the classic style of "from ashes to riches".
Don't get me wrong, I couldn't put down the book when I started it. The book is well-written and very entertaining, with parts that make you think of your own bad times.
This is a MUST-READ for all of those who have wondered about the tall blonde wonder. A good CD to go with this is one of the albums that RuPaul has produced
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Format: Paperback
I have always liked RuPaul and recently becoming obsessed with RuPaul's Drag Race TV show made me really want to know more about Ru. Being a straight married woman, I found Ru's story not only interesting, but inspiring, and frankly laugh out loud funny at times. To me she has quickly become a role model for me and can be for anyone male/female, straight or of the GLBT community. She is true to herself and just a beautiful person inside and out. An excellent read for anyone who is curious to know more about the fabulously glamorous RuPaul. EVERYBODY SAY LOVE!!!!
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I have watched and loved rupaul since she had to TV show and continue to follow her on Rupaul's drag race.This book really grips you and keeps your Attention. Rupaul is such a fantastic and interesting person any fan should Pick this one up!
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This book takes you through the early years of Ru Paul's life: Through his homeless days of rejection, betrayals, and self-doubt into the amazing success story that resulted. Each page is full of inspiration for all of us that do not fit into the strict roles society and family have set for us.

It is full of humor and observations about life as well as tips and tricks for anyone who wants to be a Drag Queen--but this book would inspire anyone who is looking to discover their inner strength.
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i love Ru Paul, and this book allowed me some insight to the Ru Paul I have so much love and admiration for. He hasn't had anything handed to him on a silver platter and the road was tumultuous at best, but in the end hard work and determination was rewarded. Ru Paul is an inspiration for anyone who has felt out of place, bigger and brighter than the world around them, and for those who just don't know how to take the first steps in finding their voice. I recommend this book to Ru Paul fans and those that just need a guide for finding the path to self love.
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I read this book for fun, and came away from it deeply, deeply moved. Having read Gender Shock, Transgender Warriors, Stone Butch Blues and been blown away by Boys Don't Cry, RuPaul was the next logical step in my exploration of this new frontier in gender study. This beautiful man knows more about love and tolerance than I could ever hope to know in a month of Sundays. The book IS fun -- it is also love, peace, healing...and hope. We should all be so lucky as to have someone like RuPaul in our lives. And no matter what he is or is not wearing, he is oh so easy on the eyes!
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