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FOREWORD BY JANE FONDA A timeless collection of philosophies from renaissance performer and the world’s most famous shape-shifter RuPaul, whose sage outlook has created an unprecedented career for more than thirty-five years. GuRu is packed with more than 80 beautiful photographs that illustrate the concept of building the life you want from the outside in and the inside ou FOREWORD BY JANE FONDA A timeless collection of philosophies from renaissance performer and the world’s most famous shape-shifter RuPaul, whose sage outlook has created an unprecedented career for more than thirty-five years. GuRu is packed with more than 80 beautiful photographs that illustrate the concept of building the life you want from the outside in and the inside out. "You’re born naked and the rest is drag." As someone who has deconstructed life’s hilarious facade, RuPaul has broken "the fourth wall" to expand on the concept of mind, body, and spirit. This unique perspective has allowed RuPaul to break the shackles of self-imposed limitations, but reader beware, this is a daily practice that requires diligence and touchstones to keep you walking in the sunshine of the spirit. Once you’re willing to look beyond the identity that was given to you, a hidden world of possibilities will open its doors. Throughout the history of humans on this planet, there’ve always been shaman, seers, and mediums who are able to interpret both high and low frequencies and remind humans to look beyond the surface for the truth of who we really are. And who we really are is an extension of the power that created the universe (aka: God in drag). FYI: most people are not willing to hear or accept that. That is RuPaul’s secret for success, not only in show business, but in all aspects of life, especially in navigating the emotional landmines that inhibit most sweet, sensitive souls. If you think this book is just about "doing drag," you are sorely mistaken because for RuPaul, drag is merely a device to deactivate the identity-based ego and allow space for the unlimited.


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FOREWORD BY JANE FONDA A timeless collection of philosophies from renaissance performer and the world’s most famous shape-shifter RuPaul, whose sage outlook has created an unprecedented career for more than thirty-five years. GuRu is packed with more than 80 beautiful photographs that illustrate the concept of building the life you want from the outside in and the inside ou FOREWORD BY JANE FONDA A timeless collection of philosophies from renaissance performer and the world’s most famous shape-shifter RuPaul, whose sage outlook has created an unprecedented career for more than thirty-five years. GuRu is packed with more than 80 beautiful photographs that illustrate the concept of building the life you want from the outside in and the inside out. "You’re born naked and the rest is drag." As someone who has deconstructed life’s hilarious facade, RuPaul has broken "the fourth wall" to expand on the concept of mind, body, and spirit. This unique perspective has allowed RuPaul to break the shackles of self-imposed limitations, but reader beware, this is a daily practice that requires diligence and touchstones to keep you walking in the sunshine of the spirit. Once you’re willing to look beyond the identity that was given to you, a hidden world of possibilities will open its doors. Throughout the history of humans on this planet, there’ve always been shaman, seers, and mediums who are able to interpret both high and low frequencies and remind humans to look beyond the surface for the truth of who we really are. And who we really are is an extension of the power that created the universe (aka: God in drag). FYI: most people are not willing to hear or accept that. That is RuPaul’s secret for success, not only in show business, but in all aspects of life, especially in navigating the emotional landmines that inhibit most sweet, sensitive souls. If you think this book is just about "doing drag," you are sorely mistaken because for RuPaul, drag is merely a device to deactivate the identity-based ego and allow space for the unlimited.

30 review for GuRu

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Beery

    The audio book was adorable. Hearing Ru laugh and the emotion behind the stories was well worth the listen. They referenced the photos in the book, which I have ordered a copy of, and I can't wait to see them. I highly suggest getting both to get the full experience. The tales and advice given are great and worth hearing.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Raven

    Now that's a cover, girl!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Uplifting. Inspiring. FABULOUS. I am seriously considering using this as daily meditation/devotional focusing on self care and self worth.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cole

    Most of the books I have read until now have been by straight white upper middle class American males about other straight white upper middle class American males. Occasionally I'll deviate by one or two descriptors such as straight black poor American males or straight white upper middle class American female but the point is my views are limited by what I read. While there are of course many different perspectives within that group (of which I am a part) and its ilk I figured it's probably bes Most of the books I have read until now have been by straight white upper middle class American males about other straight white upper middle class American males. Occasionally I'll deviate by one or two descriptors such as straight black poor American males or straight white upper middle class American female but the point is my views are limited by what I read. While there are of course many different perspectives within that group (of which I am a part) and its ilk I figured it's probably best to branch out a little. So, with 5 minutes before I boarded a 7 hour flight home, I went through the google book store on my phone to see if I could find something a little different. Lucky me that GuRu by Mr. RuPaul Charles awaited me as one of the first books available. it's not quite the poor lesbian Australian aboriginal at one with nature that I imagine I should be reading but it would have to do for the flight. I forked over my $11 to the almighty google machine with the hope that I get into the life of America's premier drag queen and his exploits. Perhaps I was naive to think that this would be a deep look into Mr. RuPaul himself, but regardless I was very disappointed. For starters, the book is, when you remove all the photos and bad formatting, maybe between 2,000-3,000 words. it's basically a long magazine article which goes about a paragraph deep into a dozen random topics. to put it bluntly, it felt like when high schoolers have to meet page length requirements so they pad the margins and increase the font size of the punctuation to reach an acceptable length. there's so little actual writing it's infuriating. As I imagine it, some editor asked him to write "the next big self help book" but he didn't have time so instead of postponing or canceling the project he handed over a few days of journal entries about advice and the book editor pulled this together somehow. It jumps from photos of himself to weirdly bold quotes to short paragraphs about topics that have nothing to do with one another (I suspect that reading on a phone formatted it poorly). There's a nugget of wisdom here and there but overall it's a weird stream of consciousness from RuPaul about how to live your life. It's like walking into a gift shop that only carries items with either drag queen photos or bad self help quotes from the last 10 years. This isn't to say that there aren't moments of real human interest. I'm sure a fully fleshed out biography of him or extended interview would be interesting. There are some things in there that I would love to hear him expand on, including "As drag queens, it's our job to mock the hypocrisy, mediocrity, and absurdity of society", when he mentions how his notions of gender were formed, or about his ideas on how to educate young people. he has a lot of wisdom, but this book does not say it well. I have a lot of respect for RuPaul and everything he's done but he can do better than this.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Such a beautiful, positive space this book creates. You can’t help but smile at the very end. Thank you, Mama Ru!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brionny Fox

    Wanted to give this more, but a lot of it annoyed me. Would’ve bought it anyway because I want everything with Ru’s name on it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jaelynn Jenkins

    The aptly named “Guru” speaks to my soul. Ru Paul’s fashion and guidance are sublime. His advise is profound in its simplicity and his world view beautiful.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Zuzka Namu Jakubkova

    All hail the RuPaul queen! Short and sweet empowering self-help piece. I recommend.

  9. 4 out of 5

    FrederikeBolwijn

    Fabulous.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alyse Stolz

    Instead of bibles being in every hotel room across the USA, can we just have inspirational quotes and glamorous pictures of RuPaul? With GuRu, we finally can. Bitches better beware. Amen.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Simone Cox

    Not quite as enlightning as i hoped but still fabulous and gorgeous pics of Mama Ru

  12. 4 out of 5

    Charles

    Figuratively speaking, "GuRu" is a coloring book. — RuPaul provides the scaffolding of a self-help book by sharing what works for him (i.e. meditation / self respect / love) in filling his own life with color, asks readers to use every last color in their own 96 pack of crayolas to make their own lives more radiant, and tells them not to worry about any societal expectations that we stay within certain lines. — Literally speaking, you may be disappointed with "GuRu" if you just want a coloring b Figuratively speaking, "GuRu" is a coloring book. — RuPaul provides the scaffolding of a self-help book by sharing what works for him (i.e. meditation / self respect / love) in filling his own life with color, asks readers to use every last color in their own 96 pack of crayolas to make their own lives more radiant, and tells them not to worry about any societal expectations that we stay within certain lines. — Literally speaking, you may be disappointed with "GuRu" if you just want a coloring book. — Here's the list of "Must Read Books" as suggested by Mentor-Ru in the end notes of "GuRu": A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson Toxic Parents by Dr. Susan Forward The Velvet Rage by Alan Downs A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle My Life So Far by Jane Fonda Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ron

    This gorgeous little eyelash extension of a book took me just 40 minutes to get through – consider it a quick and easy win for the Good Reads challenge if nothing else! Sure, if you are a lover of music and pop culture, you could dive into Johnny Cash's autobiography ("Cash: The Autobiography") but it's 322 pages. Ain't nobody got time for that! About half the pages are photos of RuPaul (which you may or may not have already seen) or gigantic pullquotes of various tRUisms that will lift your spi This gorgeous little eyelash extension of a book took me just 40 minutes to get through – consider it a quick and easy win for the Good Reads challenge if nothing else! Sure, if you are a lover of music and pop culture, you could dive into Johnny Cash's autobiography ("Cash: The Autobiography") but it's 322 pages. Ain't nobody got time for that! About half the pages are photos of RuPaul (which you may or may not have already seen) or gigantic pullquotes of various tRUisms that will lift your spirits, and your skirt: These include: "MAY THE FIERCE BE WITH YOU" - and - "Painting the house won’t fix a shaky foundation." But it's not just style, there's substance here too. I have done drag just once in my life and learned that, for me, it was destined to be neither a hobby nor a career. Ru's advice on, say, how to create the perfect "smokey eye" were not all that applicable to me. However, as someone who has taught a lot in my life, and may again at some point (who knows?) I was inspired by passages like this one: "I feel at my core that I am a teacher. I am here to be a conduit. I know how to make magic. I have the ability to help people cross over to their greatness and realize their potential." Also, as someone who, like Ru, is an amazing dancer, I totally agree with this sentiment: "I’m so disappointed in these modern times that there aren’t enough places to dance. I’d rather boogie than try to fit in. If other people can’t get with the boogie, I have no time for them." Who doesn't just love a writer and reality show host with that sort of confidence and pep? Can I get an amen up in here?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    "IF YOU WANT TO BE INVITED TO THE PARTY, YOU MUST HAVE SOMETHING TO BRING." He means chips and dip right? Cause that's what this girl brings to the party. Lol! Listening to this book of little nuggets of wisdom read by RuPaul was a delight. There were several sayings that I want to write down and return back to because they were really wise and thoughtful. Or this: QUICK REMINDER: HAVING A FAT ASS IS A GOOD THING. Thank you Rupaul for making me laugh, and making me think. I listened to the audiobook "IF YOU WANT TO BE INVITED TO THE PARTY, YOU MUST HAVE SOMETHING TO BRING." He means chips and dip right? Cause that's what this girl brings to the party. Lol! Listening to this book of little nuggets of wisdom read by RuPaul was a delight. There were several sayings that I want to write down and return back to because they were really wise and thoughtful. Or this: QUICK REMINDER: HAVING A FAT ASS IS A GOOD THING. Thank you Rupaul for making me laugh, and making me think. I listened to the audiobook which of course featured excellent narration from the author but I did feel like I was missing out on the photos so I picked up an ebook version from my library and flipped pages as I listened. I think the two together give the best experience and I'm not quite sure why a pdf of the images wasn't included with the audiobook.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tex

    I don’t like self-help books. Most of what I see could have been taken care of in a small pamphlet. However. When I can combine Glamazon photos of the Queen Mama herself with thoughts about taking care of yourself, I’m in. Perhaps I’ll pick a page a day and see how I can incorporate the ideals. Regardless, I’ve got fabulous images of just how to wear a lace front.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Some solid advice, and thoughtful reflections from one of my favorite humans. RuPaul, you are a national treasure.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kecia

    Cute little book of quotes, quick read. Three and a half stars.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amalie

    Uplifting and beautiful. I found this reading to be both quick and slow at once. Fast-paced due to fairly small pieces of text, slow due to the small pieces of text left me lost in thought.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    What a treat this book was! The dedication reads "To all of you sweet, sensitive souls out there in the world - look for the light in the world, in people, in places, in art and music. Light will lift you up". That's exactly what this book did for me. So many pearls of wisdom tucked into this very short book. And who doesn't need that right now?

  20. 4 out of 5

    Misse Jones

    “You’re born naked and the rest is drag,” is a saying RuPaul has made more than once and in thus beautifully pictured guide, he shares himself and his journey with readers with a fierceness that only RuPaul can deliver. One of the things I enjoyed most were the quotes. I list my favorites here: - Happiness is wanting what you already have. - Know who you are and deliver it all times. - Consciousness is so sexy. - Quick reminder: Instead of constantly pointing out what’s missing celebrate what is. “You’re born naked and the rest is drag,” is a saying RuPaul has made more than once and in thus beautifully pictured guide, he shares himself and his journey with readers with a fierceness that only RuPaul can deliver. One of the things I enjoyed most were the quotes. I list my favorites here: - Happiness is wanting what you already have. - Know who you are and deliver it all times. - Consciousness is so sexy. - Quick reminder: Instead of constantly pointing out what’s missing celebrate what is. - Your fear of looking stupid is holding you back. - Arriving early is not against the law. - The phrase “Please refrain from” should be replaced with, “Bitch, Please!”. - Catching a cold is your body’s way of saying “Bitch, you need to sit yo’ ass down.” - Folks gon’ talk sh*t about you anyway, so you might as well just go ahead and do your thang. - You are the heir to the laws of the world you identify with. - Always wear high heels because flats are for quitters. - Keep an open heart - Quick reminder: Don’t dumb yourself down. Own your greatness. - Willingly release the hurt. Don’t let heartache define you. - A weak handshake coupled with no eye contact says the person is not present, not engaged, and not trustworthy. - Some people are so poor, all they have is money.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gabriella

    You might want a pen and paper handy when you read this - there will be quotes you will want to jot down. It's a very short quick read, about an 1 hour long, but there are quite a few gems to be found in this book. I got the audiobook, and I found it a bit disappointing that in the beginning it mentioned that if you wish to see the photos mentioned throughout the book you would have to buy the hardcover or e-book versions. With other audiobooks I've read that heavily reference photos that are fea You might want a pen and paper handy when you read this - there will be quotes you will want to jot down. It's a very short quick read, about an 1 hour long, but there are quite a few gems to be found in this book. I got the audiobook, and I found it a bit disappointing that in the beginning it mentioned that if you wish to see the photos mentioned throughout the book you would have to buy the hardcover or e-book versions. With other audiobooks I've read that heavily reference photos that are featured in the hardcover/paperback/e-book version, there will generally be a downloadable pdf file that comes with the audiobook - which I think is a good way to go about including the material, rather than having to buy a whole different extra copy of the same book in a different format. Because of that, you might feel like you're missing out on some things if you only have the audiobook. With that said, if I *had* gotten a physical copy of this book I would have a hard time finding the right place for it on my bookshelf...Of course, I would want to shelve it with my other RuPaul books (in the cross-over area of memoir and lgbtq), but if we're talking in terms of content I think it would fit well right next to Be Here Now by Ram Dass.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Café de Tinta

    Se lee en dos sentadas, en realidad son unas pocas frases con fotos de Rupaul. Un libro de esos bonitos para echarle un ojo de vez en cuando esperando el siguiente programa, Jeje. Una edición muy bonita y de buena calidad.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    I LOVED GURU! It's just what I need a book of beautiful pictures and quotes. I would recommend having a pen and paper while reading this to write down the fabulous quotes 😊 at the back there is a list of so must do things I lived this book and I would 100 Percent recommend this to any RuPaul fan ♥ I LOVED GURU! It's just what I need a book of beautiful pictures and quotes. I would recommend having a pen and paper while reading this to write down the fabulous quotes 😊 at the back there is a list of so must do things I lived this book and I would 100 Percent recommend this to any RuPaul fan ♥️

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ron Turner

    Mama Ru shares her wisdom. She takes heat sometimes for not being "warm" but I say kudos to her for being shrewd.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    A cute coffee table book with stunning photos and inspirational stories and quotes. Very quick read and I was surprised to spot typos in such a glossy, slick book. Recommended for fans :-)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hana Curry

    This is like a small coffee table book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cory

    This was fluff, but a delightful bit of fluff. I adore RuPaul!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mariah Lirette

    I finished this in one sitting! I thought it was a lot better than his first one!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Louise Inniss

    Ru, I love you. ❤

  30. 5 out of 5

    Genya

    book is great for anyone who needs a little inspiration...prob will listen to it again in the future

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