Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, and Karamo Brown
Feeling your best is about far more than deciding what color to paint your accent wall or how to apply nightly moisturizer. It’s also about creating a life that’s well-rounded, filled with humor and understanding—and most importantly, that suits you. At a cultural moment when we are all craving people to admire, Queer Eye offers hope and acceptance.
Failure Is An Option
H. Jon Benjamin
Bobby Berk chose Failure is An Option by H. Jon Benjamin, the recognizable voice behind Bob’s Burgers and Archer. This sort-of-memoir talks about our society’s failure-averse nature, and Jon peppers in many of his own stories about failure—from his romantic life, family, and career. Jon argues that if we’d all fail a little bit more—and admit to it—our world could be a kindler, gentler place.
Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler
Karamo Brown chose this volume, saying, “It’s all about how to have difficult conversations. This book gives you to the tools to literally talk to anyone, which is so important. Because if we’re not talking to each other, we’re not growing.”
Tan France chose Tina Fey’s collection of personal essays, which covers everything from Tina’s nerdy childhood to her dream of being a comedian on TV, to the foibles of motherhood—all told with Fey’s signature wit and sarcastic voice. Tan says, “This book is not necessarily uplifting, but it’s damn funny.”
I Might Regret This
Antoni Porowski says, “I love memoirs by female comedians when I’m not delving into my usual go-tos about existential angst.” (We see your A Little Life t-shirt on Season 1, Antoni…) “I’ve enjoyed Tina Fey’s Bossypants, Amy Schumer’s The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo and more recently, Abbi Jacobson’s I Might Regret This.” Abbi Jacobsen’s memoir is a reflection on a solo cross-country drive she completed, humorous musings on the sights she saw along the way and the questions she asked herself as she drove.
Jonathan Van Ness chose this collection of hilarious personal essays and political commentary from the wickedly funny and feminist creator and host of the “Throwing Shade” podcast. The book is, as the subtitle says, The Complicated Woman’s Guide to Surviving the Patriarchy Without Drinking Herself to Death. ‘Nuff said.
In 2018, Netflix’s Queer Eye gave all of us a much-needed lift. The show offered laughs, tears, and a feel-good confidence boost. Then, the Fab Five—the beloved hosts of Netflix’s viral hit—published a book that is at once a practical guide to living and celebrating your best life, and a symbol of hope.
After you get to know the Fab Five, they’ll guide you through five practical chapters that go beyond their designated areas of expertise (food & wine, fashion, grooming, home decor, and culture), and touch on topics like wellness, entertaining, and defining your personal brand. Above all else, Queer Eye aims to help you create a happy and healthy life, rooted in self-love and authenticity.
But what do the Fab Five read when they need a pick-me-up? We reveal their selections for their fave uplifting reads, below.
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