Oct 2, 2019
Our guest on the B&N podcast today is none other than Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness. Van Ness's brand new new memoir is titled Over the Top and that title resonates with the dramatic, witty, and scene-stealing persona that fans of the show have come to know — but it's the subtitle, A Raw Journey to Self-Love — that really says volumes about this engaging and revealing new book. Van Ness charts the tumultuous course of a life growing up in a small town, navigating the world of a queer teen without role models, and finding a way forward — first as a hairstylist, and then as a performer, comedian, podcast host and TV star. In Over the Top, Van Ness is absolutely candid about abuse and addiction and talks openly about living with HIV — it's a book that's dead set against a culture of silence and shame about the facts of life. And when Jonathan Van Ness joined us in the studio — just as Over the Top was being published — he was just as forthcoming in person as he is on the page.