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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

    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.

  6. 5 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!

  7. 4 out of 5

    FrederikeBolwijn

    Fabulous.

  8. 4 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.

  9. 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 a pdf of the images wasn't included with the audiobook.

  10. 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 ♥️

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kecia

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

  12. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

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

  13. 5 out of 5

    Louise Inniss

    Ru, I love you. ❤

  14. 4 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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cory

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

  16. 5 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 :-)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ella

    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.

  18. 5 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

  19. 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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I bought this book from Premier Collectibles through a Facebook ad. lol They had autographed copies so I thought, why not? It turned out to be a photobook, not an autobiography like I thought. The cover is velvety and feels expensive. The pages are glossy and every page is a photo of Ru in her best drag, except the last page which shows Rupaul himself sans makeup. The text in the book is comprised of quotes (some Ru's, some just famous favorites), Rupaul's life mottos, advice for living a happy li I bought this book from Premier Collectibles through a Facebook ad. lol They had autographed copies so I thought, why not? It turned out to be a photobook, not an autobiography like I thought. The cover is velvety and feels expensive. The pages are glossy and every page is a photo of Ru in her best drag, except the last page which shows Rupaul himself sans makeup. The text in the book is comprised of quotes (some Ru's, some just famous favorites), Rupaul's life mottos, advice for living a happy life, an occasional brief story from his past, and a lot of picture captions describing his favorite looks. At the end is a list of Rupaul's recommended reads, listens, and watches. This book wasn't what I was expecting. It's a very quick read but the pictures are worth ogling so I would recommend it mostly for people who love the looks but aren't in it for a biographical story. The little bits of texts on each page are pretty uplifting and self-affirming, though, so all in all it's a feel-good book I enjoyed reading with pictures I enjoyed admiring.

  21. 4 out of 5

    E.D.E. Bell

    I’ll be honest: I needed this book. I’ve been struggling a lot lately with the negativity of our environment right now, and I knew Ru’s other books talked about his past, and his work ethic, etc, so I was expecting more of that. Instead, I found this art book, with big glam photos and really only snippets of text, and thought, oh ok this is a candy-style fan thing. Then I read it, and found, it explores, at least at a base level, Ru’s advice on the struggles of being a sensitive person, of not al I’ll be honest: I needed this book. I’ve been struggling a lot lately with the negativity of our environment right now, and I knew Ru’s other books talked about his past, and his work ethic, etc, so I was expecting more of that. Instead, I found this art book, with big glam photos and really only snippets of text, and thought, oh ok this is a candy-style fan thing. Then I read it, and found, it explores, at least at a base level, Ru’s advice on the struggles of being a sensitive person, of not allowing people to bring you down, and how to cope with anxiety. Mr. Charles, I needed this so much right now. In fact, I may read it a few more times and see what it does to my spirits - and my confidence in who I am. Now, you have to like RuPaul and get the irreverence of the drag aesthetic, but I did not expect something with such a dark, yet uplifting, tone. If you’re feeling down, maybe you need some RuTherapy! (And, yes, you're best getting a print copy because the photos are part of the experience.)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amy Adams

    Here's the thing: around this same time every year, all these big names release all these pretty, colorful, oddly-shaped hardback books because it's the holidays, y'all! When you keep this in mind, this is the perfect book. It's got gorgeous pictures of RuPaul on every page, and each page has between one sentence and one paragraph about being a better you. Don't expect some deep, meaningful tell-all here. It's a coffee table book with some inspirational quotes. If you love RuPaul, go buy it righ Here's the thing: around this same time every year, all these big names release all these pretty, colorful, oddly-shaped hardback books because it's the holidays, y'all! When you keep this in mind, this is the perfect book. It's got gorgeous pictures of RuPaul on every page, and each page has between one sentence and one paragraph about being a better you. Don't expect some deep, meaningful tell-all here. It's a coffee table book with some inspirational quotes. If you love RuPaul, go buy it right now! If you're curious about RuPaul, check it out from your library. If you don't like RuPaul at all, go ahead and stop reading all of my reviews. Just kidding. But, seriously, give him a chance. It's a quick, easy read, and it's perfect for someone who committed to reading 24 books in one year and is hurriedly trying to meet her goal by finding short books to read because she procrastinated all year and now wishes she had spread her reading out a little more.

  23. 5 out of 5

    George Dean

    I bought this when I saw that Foyles was selling signed copies and couldn’t resist myself. I whizzed through this really quickly, because where I thought this was a biography, it’s more a collection of inspiring little notes and messages, which was kind of disappointing, especially considering that it’s basically exactly the same as Ru’s other book I read last year. Still, it’s very Ru, and there are some great pictures in here that really benefit from this being made of glossy photo paper. Also I bought this when I saw that Foyles was selling signed copies and couldn’t resist myself. I whizzed through this really quickly, because where I thought this was a biography, it’s more a collection of inspiring little notes and messages, which was kind of disappointing, especially considering that it’s basically exactly the same as Ru’s other book I read last year. Still, it’s very Ru, and there are some great pictures in here that really benefit from this being made of glossy photo paper. Also there are a lot of weird diversions into vaguely astrological teachings, which feel kind of weird, it’s just surprising to me that a lot of Ru’s “self help” advice centres around this when he seems to be the only one that would benefit. Anyway, I liked this, but it didn’t hold my attention for very long, I think I just really want a RuPaul biography, but these kind of books will have to do for now.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

    The queen speaks, and we are delighted to hear her. I'm not a fan of self-help books, or bound collections of pithy aphorisms and little anecdotes, which is probably why I enjoyed this book so much. RuPaul narrates his life, filling the pages of this book with little narratives about his life, while also filling every page with the fierce glam that is RuPaul. I have to admit to bias, I am a queer man, and I have endless love for drag queens. But even if the reader isn't gay, or have as much of a The queen speaks, and we are delighted to hear her. I'm not a fan of self-help books, or bound collections of pithy aphorisms and little anecdotes, which is probably why I enjoyed this book so much. RuPaul narrates his life, filling the pages of this book with little narratives about his life, while also filling every page with the fierce glam that is RuPaul. I have to admit to bias, I am a queer man, and I have endless love for drag queens. But even if the reader isn't gay, or have as much of a love for drag queens (I think it's the shoes honestly) they're sure to find this book a delight. Or, if I can throw out a never-ending resource of personal strength, they're sure to find this book (*snaps*) FABULOUS.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    This was okay, the way the introduction talked about the book, I expected new age philosophy and thoughts that challenged my ideas. What I got were cute stories about Ru growing up and how to always be ready for the camera. Not that I minded, but the book was completely different than what the introduction led me to believe. The pictures were great, I wish there was more connection between the looks and the comments and insights on the page, it felt that random pictures were thrown in with no re This was okay, the way the introduction talked about the book, I expected new age philosophy and thoughts that challenged my ideas. What I got were cute stories about Ru growing up and how to always be ready for the camera. Not that I minded, but the book was completely different than what the introduction led me to believe. The pictures were great, I wish there was more connection between the looks and the comments and insights on the page, it felt that random pictures were thrown in with no regard to what was on the page. As for the advice given, there were a couple good tidbits that I actually wrote them down. but others were simple and not related to anything. Overall, not the most revolutionary book but it was a nice little look into Ru.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Anyone that knows me, knows I love RuPaul and everything drag, but this book was such a let down. It was simply a random collection of quotes and short paragraphs with an accompanying picture that seemed to have no relevance to each other at all. There was no flow to the book, one page could be on the topic of space exploration and the next about moisturising daily. I went into the book thinking that it was going to be more autobiographical, or at least the pictures were going to be used in a wa Anyone that knows me, knows I love RuPaul and everything drag, but this book was such a let down. It was simply a random collection of quotes and short paragraphs with an accompanying picture that seemed to have no relevance to each other at all. There was no flow to the book, one page could be on the topic of space exploration and the next about moisturising daily. I went into the book thinking that it was going to be more autobiographical, or at least the pictures were going to be used in a way to tell the story of RuPaul and his evolution, but I was very wrong. The pictures do however make up for some of the downfall of the writing as they are STUNNING

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tierney Tully

    Lovely and Wise I haven't read a self-help book in years, but after hearing Ru's interview on Fresh Air I knew I had to read this book. I'm not a particular fan of drag and had only seen RuPaul occasionally in a movie. I suppose much of the wisdom in this book is recycled from other sources, but seeing them through the eyes of Ru and the medium of drag puts a whole new spin on things. And there are some real gems in here that I have bookmarked to return to as I deal with my own self-imposed obstr Lovely and Wise I haven't read a self-help book in years, but after hearing Ru's interview on Fresh Air I knew I had to read this book. I'm not a particular fan of drag and had only seen RuPaul occasionally in a movie. I suppose much of the wisdom in this book is recycled from other sources, but seeing them through the eyes of Ru and the medium of drag puts a whole new spin on things. And there are some real gems in here that I have bookmarked to return to as I deal with my own self-imposed obstructions. For whatever reason seeing The Human Condition through the lens of drag makes surprising sense and sings to me. Thank you, Ru. I'm off now to meditate and then dance.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mark Ward

    Literally only giving this book one star for the photos- it was nice to see some old school Mathu, but this "book" is an absolute joke full of beyond cliched rubbish of which there's probably (thankfully) only, what, about three thousand words (yes, you read that right). Flick through in a bookshop and put it right back on the shelf, or take the twenty or so minutes and read the "advice". Avoid. EDIT: I forgot the thing that bugged me the most. There is zero attribution on the photographs. Zero. Literally only giving this book one star for the photos- it was nice to see some old school Mathu, but this "book" is an absolute joke full of beyond cliched rubbish of which there's probably (thankfully) only, what, about three thousand words (yes, you read that right). Flick through in a bookshop and put it right back on the shelf, or take the twenty or so minutes and read the "advice". Avoid. EDIT: I forgot the thing that bugged me the most. There is zero attribution on the photographs. Zero. And considering they're the best bit of the book, that is pretty bad.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christa

    Absolutely stunning photography of an absolute icon. I loved all the beautiful, powerful quotes which I plan on filling my journal up with, so I can refer to them frequently in my own life/journey. A book filled with all the colours in the crayon box and so much positivity, guidance, smiles, mindfulness and love. I recommend this book to everyone. ‘Your soul is made of stars 🌟 We are all stars.’ ~RuPaul 💖

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nico Frouws

    I enjoyed this book because reading each word I can hear RuPaul say it. I am a fan of his podcast, so almost everything I read I have heard him say on the podcast. It is just nice to see his words, opinion and philosophy on paper. It reads quick and I honestly like that. Some of the topics are really worth exploring yourself. Also give his podcast a listen to, he repeats his philosophies a lot, but it is always enlightening.

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