Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

Version: Unabridged
Author: Ted Allen , Kyan Douglas , Thom Filicia , Carson Kressley , Jai Rodriguez
Narrator: Ted Allen , Kyan Douglas , Thom Filicia , Carson Kressley , Jai Rodriguez
Genres: Biography & Memoir, Comedy
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: February 2004
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours
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Overview

Imagine this: Five eminently stylish and hilariously witty gay men—authoritative experts in food and wine, grooming, decorating, fashion, and culture—invade your life, assess your strengths and weaknesses, and, in the course of a day, make you better dressed, better groomed, better mannered, and a better cook, living in a better home. All of this is painless (unless you have a really egregious body-hair situation), liberating, and downright fun.

This is what Queer Eye for the Straight Guy does each week on one of the hottest TV shows in memory, as the Fab 5—Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley, and Jai Rodriguez—turn an everyman frog into an every-girl's-dream prince. And this is what the book offers: the essential "make better" advice from each of the Fab 5. Just like the show, the book focuses on easy but lasting lifestyle transformation—the tasks, the projects, the modest purchases, and, most important, the new attitudes that immediately make a noticeable difference.

From Kyan's instructions on how often to wash your hair to Carson's explanation of why shirts are the new ties, from Ted's strategies for ordering wine and Thom's suggestions on a better bathroom to Jai's hints on shaking hands, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy is filled with clear, direct advice on the issues that confront every man. But Queer Eye doesn't try to make you dress like Carson or dance like Jai; it's about teaching you how to refine your own personal style, without throwing away your entire closet and buying a whole new everything. It's about helping you realize the best expression of yourself—the real you.

Queer Eye introduces men to the rewards that women—and a lot of gay men—have long reaped by thinking about the day-to-day details that make them look better, feel better, and get more out of life. Many straight men have long felt that these subjects are not for them. Nothing could be sillier. In this book, the Fab 5 sets them straight (so to speak).

Reviews (5)

Queer Eye

Written by Michelle Parkington on July 24th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Great book, read by the Fabulous 5. Good, general, yet, seemingly detailed tips. They show their trademark humor and simplicity on the outlook of life. Interesting, also, for female readers to get a few generalized tips. Wish it were a bit longer for more tips.

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

Written by Angela Jones from Chalmette, LA on June 15th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Love the show! Not much too say about the book. It is an on going cook book for everything from food to tuxedo's. It is a self help book for men.

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

Written by Marc Harfeld on February 4th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I rented this book because I wanted to see how well the TV show translates to an Audio Book. It doesn't. I love the show, I am not a fan of the book. There are some pocketed pearls of wisdom here on varied topics such as grooming, interior design, food and culture. But you have to wade through a lot of impractical stuff on topics like how to pull of wearing really wide 70's collars, and on keeping a tuxedo in your closet at all times, to find it.

the show, generalized

Written by Anonymous from New Plymouth, ID on September 22nd, 2004

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I'm fond of the show, and I enjoyed this audiobook. It's full of generalized information for "everyman". It's hokey, like the show, but it's amusing. Not a blockbuster or groundbreaker, but worth a listen if you like the show.

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

Written by Cyndy W on August 5th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed listening to this. Gave ideas. Interesting perspective.

Author Details

Author Details

Kressley, Carson

CARSON KRESSLEY is the fashion stylist of the Fab Five from Bravo's hit show "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy". He is an independent stylist who spent many years working with Polo Ralph Lauren as Associate Director of Creative Development. He also supervised fashion styling for the company's retail advertising campaign. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Gettysburg College with degrees in Finance and Fine Art.