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  • Title: Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work
  • Author: Tim Gunn Ada Calhoun
  • ISBN: 9781439176566
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On the runway of life, Tim Gunn is the perfect life coach.You ve watched him mentor talented designers on the hit television show Project Runway Now the inimitable Tim Gunn shares his personal secrets for making it work in your career, relationships, and life Filled with delightfully dishy stories of fashion s greatest divas, behind the scenes glimpses of Runway s biggOn the runway of life, Tim Gunn is the perfect life coach.You ve watched him mentor talented designers on the hit television show Project Runway Now the inimitable Tim Gunn shares his personal secrets for making it work in your career, relationships, and life Filled with delightfully dishy stories of fashion s greatest divas, behind the scenes glimpses of Runway s biggest drama queens, and never before revealed insights into Tim s private life, Gunn s Golden Rules is like no other how to book you ve ever read.In the world according to Tim, there are no shortcuts to success Hard work, creativity, and skill are just the beginning By following eighteen tried and true principles, you can apply Tim s rules to anything you set your mind to You ll learn why Tim frowns on displays of bad behavior, like the vitriolic outburst by Martha Stewart s daughter about her mother s name brand merchandise You ll discover the downfalls of divadom as he describes Vogue s Andr Leon Talley being hand fed grapes and Anna Wintour being carried downstairs by her bodyguards And you ll get Tim s view on the backstabbing by one designer on Project Runway and how it brilliantly backfired.Then there are his down to earth guidelines for making life better for yourself and others in small and large ways, especially in an age that favors comfort over politeness, ease over style Texting at the dinner table Wearing shorts to the theater Not in Tim s book Living a well mannered life of integrity and character is hard work, he admits, but the rewards are many being a good friend, being glamorous and attractive, and being a success much like Tim himself He is never one to mince words But Tim Gunn is always warm, witty, wise, and wonderfully supportive just the mentor you need to design a happy, creative, and fulfilling life that will never go out of style.
    Gunn s Golden Rules Life s Little Lessons for Making It Work On the runway of life Tim Gunn is the perfect life coach You ve watched him mentor talented designers on the hit television show Project Runway Now the inimitable Tim Gunn shares his personal secrets

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    1. So the secret is out No, not about Gunn being gay No, not the one about him not having had sex for decades after a bad breakup AIDS scare Nope, the biggest secret that I think Gunn has been keeping is thisTim Gunn is a genuinely nice guy Really While reading this book, his tips for life, that s the one thing that keeps coming through again and again After all, we ve got chapters here like Take the high road and Niceties are nice Gunn is never the snarky queen that most would expect here He is si [...]

    2. I m probably waaay over thinking my reaction to Gunn s Golden Rules I was entertained and amused, even a little bit edified But it still strikes me as an odd, even inconsistent book.Presumably the draw for most fans of Project Runway s congenial but incisive mentor figure Tim Gunn certainly for me is the promise of some juicy insider chat, which Gunn delivers a good bit of You might hope for Gunn to dish about fashion world figures like Anna Wintour and Andr Leon Talley yes , assorted Project Ru [...]

    3. A lot of reviews I have read on various sites for this book mention that Tim Gunn rambles on and on and jumps from one this to another Yes he does, but I love it I love it because I feel that he and I are meeting for lunch and he is sharing with me all these interesting things that have happened to him or around him He is very open and genuine in this book and I didn t get the feeling at all that he was making any of this up or needed to punch up the excitement so embellished things, like other [...]

    4. OK, I admit it I m a Project Runway fan, and the main reason is Tim Gunn This book was an impulse buy, and has been sitting on the shelf for a while I m glad I finally picked it up Great literature it s not but then, you didn t expect that, did you what it is is a fun, straightforward narrative that tells us exactly the kinds of things we would expect Tim Gunn to tell us that working hard, being nice, and having good manners are important, and that laziness, meanness, and lying are to be avoided [...]

    5. I love Tim Gunn, but he proves himself to be a bit of an old fogey with this book Uncle Nag is right I mean, a woman over thirty shouldn t have hair well past her shoulders O rly, Tim I did enjoy the insight into his life and his family and the gossip bits were great Buuuut if you were truly taking the high road wouldn t you not gossip Like, at all

    6. Delicious Organized around 18 rules for living life, this is full of wise nuggets and tv and fashion industry dishing of the highest order my favorite part Organized may not be exactly the right word, because this was completely stream of conscience, as if he was across the table telling me about himself, his life and his philosophy in no particular order Often I asked myself what rule are we on , but who cares I just kept moving forward I already love Tim Gunn from being a die hard Project Runw [...]

    7. Yo, I totally forgot to review this Oops Well, I ll attempt to do so now.So, first of all, Tim Gunn is the man He s just adorable and awesome, and I love him I ve been a Project Runway addict since I was 13 or so so, for like six years or something like that Tim is one of my absolute favorite parts of the show I love his comments I love the way he gets all red in the face when he s about to tell someone he hates their design It s just hilarious But seriously, he seems like such a nice guy and he [...]

    8. I got this book not knowing what it would be about I wasn t sure if it would only be about designing or the industry I found this book to be very helpful, a fun read and easy to understand I enjoyed learning about Tim Gunn s life along with the lessons he passes on to the reader I found him likable, entertaining, thoughtful, smart and someone I would love to have over for dinner Although after reading his book you will find that he would probably not want to come for dinner and would just send a [...]

    9. Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn seems to be a great paradox As a TV personality, he s both persnickety and charming he s particular about things and yet very accommodating in making others feel comfortable with social interaction This little book is filled with his witticisms, celebrity gossip, show insight and social etiquette There s not much else to this book but Tim and his ghostwriter Ada Calhoun, who gets graciously thanked in a very thorough Afterward Tim just sits and rattles off stories [...]

    10. pleasing to read, actually full of good advice people who know me would not necessarily describe me as nice well, there s no not necessarily about it, actually no one has ever described me as nice in my entire life, whether they knew me or not much of tim s advice is about generally being polite, which many people mistake for nice, but i think there is an important distinction, it is well drawn here i am very polite i don t point out mistakes that people can t change, i am gracious with my pleas [...]

    11. I enjoyed Tim s first book even than I thought I would so I had high hopes for this one I find Tim s gentle, mannerly civility very appealing A book on how to get me some of that seemed to be the perfect antidote to a world that feels decidedly rude and sub casual And it would have been but this was not that book While Tim talks a great deal about a kinder, gentler, thoughtful approach to our interactions with others he frequently tells unflattering tales about his famous friends and colleague [...]

    12. I adore Tim Gunn on PROJECT RUNWAY, so I gladly took up the chance to get a free copy of his book and get it signed by him at Fashion Night Out last week This is a rather wacky book.It s structured as an advice or etiquette guide, complete with life rules like Make it work and Carry on And it s written in Mr Gunn s crisp, considerate voice, instantly recognizable from PR and all his other appearances He had a ghostwriter, whom he thanks generously, but it was obviously put together from his dire [...]

    13. Gunn s Golden Rules perfectly distills the essence of Project Runway s breakout star, Tim Gunn, within its instructive pages It s impossible to read a single paragraph without hearing Gunn s distinctive voice in every arch phrase.Unfortunately, entertaining as Gunn s anecdotes can be, his ghost writer and collaborator has done absolutely nothing to give shape or even the illusion of structure to what s supposed to be a light hearted biography cum book of modern etiquette Gunn s stream of thought [...]

    14. Let s get this over with I love Project Runway I always have I ve also always loved Tim Gunn, both as an entertainer and as a teacher Now, normally I don t read a lot of nonfiction and I never read self help or advice books I believe in independence Still, as time goes on I find that there s nothing wrong with getting a little help when you need it Tim s book, thankfully, reads as an analysis of why we re so grumpy as Americans, than it goes some turn your life around guidebook It also helps th [...]

    15. I d actually give this book 3 1 2 stars but I just rounded up Cons The writing was all over the place Most frustrating for me was that I often had to go back and reread paragraphs to trace his thought development And despite several rereads of particular sections, sentence structure at times seemed confusing at best, or self negating at worst.Pros The book reflects his public image as a mild mannered cultural savant who is also an approachable and personable gentleman His anecdotes were laugh ou [...]

    16. I love Project Runway and Tim Gunn s catch phrase Make it work This has some nuggets of minding your manners as well as some nice stories involving some of the industry s elite A quick and enjoyable read.

    17. An enjoyable and charming readI adore Tim Gunn and really enjoyed reading this This book is partly a memoir and partly an anecdotal guide to manners and decency Some of my favorite quotes You can be too rich and too thin, but you can never be too well read or too curious about the world I am a stickler for good manners, and I believe that treating other people well is a lost art In the workplace, at the dinner table, and walking down the street we are confronted with choices on how to treat peop [...]

    18. I m a fan of Project Runway and who doesn t adore Tim Gunn He s the uptight yet charming and adorable mentor who has definite rules about what he likes and doesn t like However he delivers those criticisms with such an engaging manner that you can t help but love him even as he so charmingly tells the designer it s all crap That kind of dichotomy is on full display in his Guide to Making it Work Though this is technically an etiquette book and filled with rules on manners, the main take away mes [...]

    19. I can t review this bookI completely totally love Tim Gunn He s awesome He knows fashion He genuinely seems like a great person He writes well.I mistakenly purchased this book thinking that it was an autobiography Part of it wase rest read like a self help manners book I like how to books quilting, quilling, origami, etc I just don t particularly care for the self helpsIt s very well written Quite an easy read He has a lot to say, I just wish it was all autobiography.My bad.

    20. This is an instance where my Kindle is the best thing ever I pre ordered Gunn s book and boom there is was on the day it came out Love that.This book is subtitled Life s Little Lessons for Making It Work Naturally As an avid fan of Project Runway, I often wish I had a Tim Gunn in my life With this book, I kind of do Gunn is a huge advocate of manners and I m a somewhat less huge advocate of manners We both agree that technology is getting in the way of people interacting with each other People n [...]

    21. What a fun treat it was to read this book A friend was reading it, but it wouldn t fit back in her suitcase, so she left it for me I love Project Runway, and have gotten to appreciate Tim Gunn thru reading this There s actually not a lot about PR in here it s or less a compilation of lots of good practical advice for a happy, productive life, making it work For Tim, that means using what you have on hand to transform a difficult situation.He talks a bit about Runway Each season takes place ove [...]

    22. Non Fiction Tim Gunn is adorable, and for the most part so is this book A mix of fashion industry gossip, life advice, and biography, it can ramble at times and the segues from one subject to another feel like unexpectedly stepping off a high curb, but it s both sweet tempered and impassioned and sounds just like the Tim Gunn we know from Project Runway I don t always agree with what he says or the way he says it there s an unfortunate Asians Eat Weird Things anecdote, also, did you know, Being [...]

    23. I like Tim Gunn having loosely followed Project Runway through the years , but I didn t set out to read this book because I needed lessons in manners or wanted to read his autobiography I think I just stumbled on it because A I was killing time at Green Apple Books and B it was face out on a shelf The cover s not even that great or inviting Tim looks a little too smug, in my opinion Still, this book won me over completely because the man has a great voice captured perfectly on paper and speaks s [...]

    24. If you are watching Project Runway this season and especially the team challenge recently, you know that there is another side to Tim Gunn His admonishment to the losing team about letting a team member control and bully them may have seemed harsh to some people, but when you read this book you will realize that Gunn has a brutally honest side and isn t afraid to show it.In essence, this is a modern day etiquette life coaching book that has 18 principles you can apply to any situation in your li [...]

    25. Tim Gunn is a cross between the Dalai Lama and RuPaul Reading the chapter names, I expected some serious wisdom But in the chapter Take the High Road , he dishes on Project Runway contestants, his mom, and an unnamed charity president High road, indeed But it is so Tim Gunn, which is to say wise, funny, and charming And the dish Anna Wintour being carried down the stairs like Cleopatra instead of riding the elevator Martha Stewart publicly calling out Tim Gunn for drinking Diet Coke Lots of stor [...]

    26. In full disclosure, I love Project Runway and have adored Tim Gunn as the designers mentor His famous line Make it work is often quoted in my house Gunn s Golden Rules includes his lessons for life part manners, part inspiration with plenty of his personal stories that kept me hooked and laughing out loud Tim dishes on some PR designers along with some of the divas of fashion for example, he suggests the devil really does wear Prada Some of the personal stories don t necessarily relate to his ru [...]

    27. While I agree with nearly every one of Gunn s major points and assertions, and have no doubt he d be a delightful colleague or dinner guest, this book seemed like it was sutured together Some of the content is carefully written advice, beautifully worded and well thought out The rest is casually worded gossip and harangues that seems like something told to a reporter over coffee or a few drinks.If you re a fan of the man, this won t disappoint I ve never seen the show And if you love industry g [...]

    28. I love Tim Gunn I just want to hug him and have him tell me what to wear I liked his first book which was fully focused on fashion style so much, so I was really excited for this one, which is meant to be a general etiquette book There were lots of parts I loved about it, mostly Tim s anecdotes about his life and the other fashion industry personalities he s met and worked with, and certainly a lot of his etiquette tips made sense be nice, take the high road, know when it s appropriate to shar [...]

    29. I have long been an admirer of Tim Gunn, especially his participation on Project Runway This book is the opportunity to hear about his life on and off the show He has a few catch phrases often used One is Make it Work When a garment is unacceptable to one of the designers and they want to start over Tim encourages them to make the one they have work and gives them suggestions about doing so He also gives examples of that phrase regarding other life situations where one might be inclined to quit [...]

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