Read by Ru Paul From international drag superstar and pop culture icon RuPaul comes his most revealing and personal work to date--a brutally honest surprisingly poignant and deeply intimate memoir of growing up Black poor and queer in a broken home to discovering the power of performance found family and self-acceptance. A profound introspection of his life relationships and identity The House of Hidden Meanings is a self-portrait of the legendary icon on the road to global fame and changing the way the world thinks about drag. Central to RuPauls success has been his chameleonic adaptability. From drag icon to powerhouse producer of one of the worlds largest television franchises RuPauls ever-shifting nature has always been part of his brand as both supermodel and supermogul. Yet that adaptability has made him enigmatic to the public. In this memoir his most intimate and detailed book yet RuPaul makes himself truly known. In The House of Hidden Meanings RuPaul strips away all artifice and recounts the story of his life with breathtaking clarity and tenderness bringing his signature wisdom and wit to his own biography. From his early years growing up as a queer Black kid in San Diego navigating complex relationships with his absent father and temperamental mother to forging an identity in the punk and drag scenes of Atlanta and New York to finding enduring love with his husband Georges LeBar and self-acceptance in sobriety RuPaul excavates his own biography life-story uncovering new truths and insights in his personal history. Here in RuPauls singular and extraordinary story is a manual for living--a personal philosophy that testifies to the value of chosen family the importance of harnessing what makes you different and the transformational power of facing yourself fearlessly. A profound introspection of his life relationships and identity The House of Hidden Meanings is a self-portrait of the legendary icon on the road to global fame and changing the way the world thinks about drag. Ive always loved to view the world with analytical eyes examining what lies beneath the surface. Here the focus is on my own life--as RuPaul Andre Charles says RuPaul. If were all born naked and the rest is drag then this is RuPaul totally out of drag. This is RuPaul stripped bare.