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Jonathan Van Ness of ‘Queer Eye’ to Release Memoir

Jonathan Van Ness, known primarily from the Netflix reboot Queer Eye, will release a memoir titled Over the Top through HarperOne! Jonathan’s natural star-power makes you fall in love with him immediately while watching Queer Eye (where he’s half the appeal of the show, IMO!) but he came from a humble start:

Before he stole our hearts as the grooming and self-care expert on Netflix’s hit show Queer Eye, Jonathan was growing up in a small Midwestern town that didn’t understand why he was so…over the top. From choreographed carpet figure skating routines to the unavoidable fact that he was Just. So. Gay., Jonathan was an easy target and endured years of judgement, ridicule and trauma—yet none of it crushed his uniquely effervescent spirit.


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Jonathan Van Ness is a man of many talents—he also hosts a podcast called Getting Curious and stars in the video series Gay of Thrones. In each one of his projects, Van Ness makes it a point to be open and proud about his sexuality, but it wasn’t easy to get where he is now. HarperOne tells fans that the memoir “uncovers the pain and passion it took to end up becoming the model of self-love and acceptance that Jonathan is today.”


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This makes his memoir even more important, since even though it’s “easier” to be gay (or otherwise non-heterosexual) in America today, that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Van Ness’s memoir will provide readers with a glimpse into the realities of his life, and will make his transformation into the icon we know and love even more admirable.

Van Ness’s memoir will be released September 24th, 2019, but in the meantime, fans can binge the next season of Queer Eye, which will be available through Netflix on March 19th, and read the memoirs of his costars! Many of the Fab 5 have already released memoirs or are working on them… The only member without any mention of a book is Bobby, who should definitely get to writing!



‘Queer Eye’s Tan France Writing Autobiography About His Happy Marriage to a Mormon Cowboy

If you are loyal Bookstrs, you may already known that the “Fab Five,” the five hosts from the amazing  American reality show Queer Eye are going to have their collaborative book sharing their thoughts about the show and their lives. However, according to the Salt Lake tribune, Tan France, the fashion guru in the Five, is writing his own book, an autobiography about his journey from growing up as a gay Muslim in South Yorkshire, to a hugely successful and happily married man, finding his passion for love and his beloved Mormon husband.



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Scheduled to be released on 16th May 2019, Tan France: Love, Family, Queer Eye, and What I Wore will explore France’s private journey from being born to Pakistani immigrants and raised Muslim in the South Yorkshire to moving to America, becoming a successful fashion designer, and meeting his beloved Rob France, getting married, and moving to Salt Lake City. As a famous TV show host and a internationally successful fashion designer, France came out to his parents at age of thirty-four, ten years after he’d married a Mormon, and has journey through a the tangled web of identities: religion, ethnicity, gender, and class. This memoir will examine Tan France’s past, present, and future, and, as he indicates:



[It will] definitely include some stuff that I don’t normally talk about…I’m just writing exactly how I felt the last thirty-five years and what I’ve gone through to get to this point…I mean, it’s as personal as I’m willing to go. I still like my privacy. But I do think that this story is important for people who haven’t seen representation like this before…The book is meant to spread joy, personal acceptance, and most of all understanding. Each of us is living our own private journey, and the more we know about each other, the healthier and happier the world will be.





Tan France is now shooting the new season of Queer Eye in Missouri after the show recently won three Emmys, for casting, editing and as outstanding structured reality program. Though his career as a TV star is busy, France’s writing process is currently going well. In a phone interview with Salt Lake tribune, when he was asked about his feeling in writing his first book, he humorously responded that:



Right now, it’s not difficult because nobody’s read it. Ask me again when the book actually comes out, and — depending on how people respond to it — I may find it quite difficult.



I’m wholeheartedly looking forward to France’s book. As Virgin Books, the confirmed publisher for Tan France, said, this autobiography will contain humorous and poignant personal essays which not only share France’s life, fashion advice, and funny lists, but also explore male sexuality and toxic masculinity from a unique angle. I believe this life-writing will be thought-provoking, sincere, and humorous, as France’s performance-his professional vision about fashion and infectious sense of humor-shown on Queer Eye.



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The ‘Queer Eye’ Fab 5 to Release Book Adding “Extra Layers” to the Show

Are you fans of Queer Eye and the Fab 5? Check this out! The five hit cast of the Netflix 2018 show, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, are set to release their lifestyle book, QUEER EYE: Love Yourself, Love Your Life, on November 13.




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The book will contain five sections based on each of the cast members’ area of expertise: food and wine, grooming, design, fashion, and culture. In each section, the Fab 5 will offer pieces of advice, similar to the tips they give on the show. Moreover, the book will feature exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the show and their pre-Queer Eye lives.


Tan France, the show’s fashion expert, said: 

I love that the audience who reads this book will get a greater insight into things that we did on the show but for me, it’s way more about them getting to know us more…I think the reason why this show has been so successful is they’re not just connecting with the heroes, they’re connecting with us five.


Karamo Brown, the culture expert, added:

You get to hear a little bit more about our little relationships, the way that we are in between scenes, and you’ll get to see photos of that as well…I think sometimes throughout us giving help and showing people how to live their lives in a better way, they also just kind of want to know, ‘What are the five of us like?’ and they’ll get that information.


Although each member of the five masters his own section, they are still open to comments and feedbacks. France shared:

I think it’s important with this book that we do cover the topics that we cover on the show because it’s an extension of the show, but we’ve never shied away from discussing the things that were important to us…We’re so much more than just what we represent in our verticals and that’s another facet of the show that our audience seems to appreciate so much.




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I’m excited to hear about the new book! Find out more about the Fab 5 here!




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‘Queer Eye’s’ Tan France Is Writing a Memoir and We Are PUMPED

Just two short weeks after fellow Fab Five member Antoni Porowski announced his cookbook deal, Tan France is now publishing a memoir in spring of 2019.


EW shared the official synopsis with it’s readers yesterday morning,


British born Tan France, the ‘Fab Five’ fashion expert on Netflix’s smash-hit Queer Eye reboot, has been breaking down barriers not only with his keen fashion sense but also as the first openly gay Muslim on western television. His memoir will be filled with his trademark humor, savvy sense of style, radical compassion, as well as very personal revelations. For the first time, he will share his story of growing up gay in a traditional Muslim family as one of the few people of color in a small town in Northern England. And he shares the experience of coming out to his Pakistani family at the age of 34, finally revealing to them that he is happily married to his partner of over 10 years, a self-described gay Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City. Humorous and poignant personal essays will be peppered with style advice, funny lists, and the truisms that Tan has accumulated in his journey from Doncaster, England, to Netflix.


In a statement, France said that the book is “meant to spread joy, personal acceptance, and most of all, understanding.”  


The untitled memoir isn’t available for preorder yet.


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‘Queer Eye’ Star Antoni Porowski’s 6 Book Recommendations

If you’ve binge-watched the new Netflix Queer Eye reboot, you know who Antoni Porowski is. As the show’s food and wine expert, Porowski offers cooking advice and recipes in each episode. But it’s not his cooking skills that I noticed upon my first watch— it was a T-shirt. The shirt says “Jude & JB & Willem & Malcolm,” the names of four characters from Hanya Yanagihara’s 2015 novel A Little Life. In addition to his literary wardrobe, Porowski has posted on Instagram and spoken in interviews about his favorite reads. Check out his top six below!


1. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara


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“At the end of the day, it’s a story about showing up for somebody who doesn’t even believe in themselves, which is exactly what we do on the show,” Porowski explained in an interview with Vulture. Yanagihara’s novel focuses on four college classmates as they move to New York City. It’s a story of male friendship, addiction, and abuse, but Porowski says the main message of the book is kindness. 


2. The Velvet Rage by Alan Downs


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In an Instagram post, Porowski quotes author and psychologist Alan Downs, “Gay men are the worldwide experts on style, fashion, etiquette, bodybuilding, art, and design. In every one of these fields gay men predominate. If this weren’t so, there would be few tuning in to the hit television show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” In The Velvet Rage, Downs offers tales of his own struggle with rage and shame, as well as research and stories from his patients. The result is an empowering book that offers practical strategies for those “growing up gay in a straight man’s world.”


3. My Struggle: Book 1 by Karl Ove Knausgaard


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Porowski told Vulture that prior to picking up A Little Life, he was reading My Struggle, six-volume autobiographical novel by Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard. Though marketed as fiction, the novel reveals Knausgaard’s dark thoughts and the innermost details of his personal life. In fact, many of the names of his relatives remain unchanged. 


4. Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman


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In a tweet, Porowski referred to Aciman’s novel as “one of my fave ’17 summer books.” The novel is set in 1980s Italy and centers around a romance between a teenage boy and the twenty-four-year-old man staying with him as a house guest for the summer. The film adaptation of the book won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, but make sure you read the book first!


5. In My Kitchen by Ted Allen


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Porowski first met Allen, the host of Food Network’s Chopped and the original Queer Eye food and wine expert, at his book signing in Brooklyn. After discovering that they lived across the street from one another, a friendship blossomed. This friendship paved the way for Porowski to eventually take over Allen’s Queer Eye legacy. Allen’s cookbook, In My Kitchen offers from-scratch recipes for dedicated and passionate cooks.


6. The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst


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On his Instagram story, Porowski thanked A Little Life author Hanya Yanagihara for this recommendation. The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Holinghurst spans seven decades, telling a tale of family, art, and gay culture. The novel begins in 1940’s Oxford and ends in London in 2012, taking large leaps through time and leaving readers to fill in the gaps. 


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