64. Gunn’s Golden Rules

Life’s Little Lessons For Making It Work
by Tim Gunn (w/ Ada Calhoun)
Publication Date:  September 7, 2010

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 life. The difference between this and an Emily Post or a Dr. Phil tome is that Gunn peppers each lesson with very personal stories from his personal and work lives.

What I Liked:  I’m sure Tim Gunn frowns on the word gossip, but the dishy stories he included about such fashion notables as Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenburg are hilarious and telling.  I also liked that he included lots of his own background, allowing us to see a side of him that Project Runway doesn’t show.

What I Disliked:  Nothing really. I pretty much loved every word.

*Sidenote: This is my favorite episode of the season. Lots of drama. I’ve already watched it twice and may watch it again today if time allows.

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