We were excited to learn that there will be more episodes of the hit show Queer Eye coming our way, especially after reading Naturally Tan, the inspiring memoir of one it's stars, Tan France.
In her Best of the Month review, Amazon book store curator, Vannessa Cronin, calls Naturally Tan "two books in one." The first chronicles Tan France's experience growing up gay in a conservative immigrant family--a secret he kept until he was 34--and being confronted by the violent racism that occasionally cropped up in his South Yorkshire neighborhood. The second part of France's story is about "...the breezy way he sidesteps, ignores, or eviscerates racists, bigots, and shallow people, pointing out that their behavior says much about them and nothing about him." This part, Cronin writes, "not only says 'it gets better' but illustrates what Tan did to make it get better. Filled with witty anecdotes, useful checklists (like the art of not being a b**** at work), Tan’s dos and don’ts of first dates, a note on the representation of people of color in media, advice on how to respond to nosy questions (“my marriage is of course your business, completely”), and how to be the version of gay that you want to be, this pairing of fashion with compassion has never been a better match."
We asked France what he likes to read, and the three books he shared with us are memoirs from some of the funniest women in comedy today:
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
Wonderfully witty and incredibly insightful, the always relatable Mindy Kaling had me enraptured as she guides us through the good, the bad and the ugly of working in entertainment and Hollywood.
Bossypants by Tina Fey
I’ve read and re-read this book at least 10 times over the past few years and it doesn’t lose any of its appeal. Punchy, smart and, of course, laugh out loud funny.
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
Just when we thought we knew all we needed to know about Amy Schumer, she hits us with stories of her pre-fame world of relationships, shoplifting and domestic abuse. A book I couldn’t put down, that encouraged a deeper love for this very talented performer.