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Save Yourself

Memoir
Written by: Cameron Esposito
Narrated by: Cameron Esposito
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
5 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An aspiring priest, closeted lesbian, and future stand-up comedian walks into a bar...

It's Cameron Esposito and she - weighed down by Catholic guilt - immediately topples over. But like any scrappy protagonist with all the odds (and the Pope) stacked against them, she's able to pick herself up. 

Now she would like to tell the whole queer as hell story. Her story. Not the sidebar to a straight person's rebirth - she doesn't give a makeover or plan a wedding or get a couple back together. This isn't a queer tragedy. She doesn't die at the end of this book, having finally decided to kiss the girl. It's the sexy, honest, bumpy, and triumphant dyke's tale her younger, wasn't-allowed-to-watch-Ellen self needed to listen to. Because there was a long time when she thought she wouldn't make it. Not as a comic, but as a human.

Save Yourself is full of funny and insightful recollections about everything from coming out (at a Catholic college where sexual orientation wasn't in the nondiscrimination policy) to how joining the circus can help you become a better comic (so much nudity) to accepting yourself for who you are - even if you're, say, a bowl cut-sporting, bespectacled, gender-nonconforming child with an eye patch (which Cameron was). Packed with heart, humor, and cringeworthy stories anyone who has gone through puberty, fallen in love, started a career, or had period sex in Rome can relate to, Cameron's memoir is for that timid, fenced-in kid in all of us - and the fearless stand-up yearning to break free.

"If you haven't seen Cameron Esposito perform comedy, you should be sad, because she's so so so funny, so full of insight, courage, and just plain VERVE. Luckily she invented the written word (or would have if someone hadn't already - she's just that unstoppable) and now you can carry her voice and story and full-throated insistence on living in truth right along with you, every day. And now you can be happy. Finally." (John Hodgman, author of New York Times best seller Vacationland, plus a very funny man)

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©2020 Cameron Esposito (P)2020 Grand Central Publishing

What the critics say

"Cameron's humor is hope. Her quick wit is both a balm and a guide for anyone who has ever stepped out blithely into a world of doers trying to force themselves closed upon us. This book is about survival and love and laughter. I loved it." (Jacqueline Woodson, number one New York Times best-selling author and actual literary genius)

"It can't be understated how necessary a book like Save Yourself is.... I think everyone would benefit from reading this book, but most of all I hope Save Yourself finds its way into the hands of every queer person longing for stories like their own." (Tegan Quin, musician, inventor of most lesbian haircuts, and coauthor of High School)

"Cameron is as hilarious and honest in these pages as she is on the stage. Because our stories are so similar, her hard-won wisdom and brilliant humor have helped me heal. Save Yourself is a gift that will help every person who reads it become braver, bolder, and more comfortable in their own perfect skin." (Abby Wambach, author of number one New York Times best seller Wolfpack and Olympic soccer star who Cameron believes she's the same size as)

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Delicious

I love the sound of her voice. This book is such a treat. I laughed aloud throughout. Thoughtful. Introspective. Funny. Briefly sexy. Always witty.

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  • Ashley
  • 2020-06-18

Lesbian perspective

This book is written looking back at the age I am now, and I was amazed at how similar our experiences were even 15 years apart in age. It was a great story, but I did feel like it was a little heavy handed memoir writing at times. She was talented as a reader, made it feel like someone was just telling me a story. Would recommend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-03-30

Real. Relatable. Hilarious. Human.

I have been a fan of Cameron Esposito since I first saw her standup in videos years before I had my own queer lightbulb. It was a pleasure to hear her story. Sending Love and thanks to the author. From a fellow queer Catholic. Thank you for being a sight into a community I needed before I knew myself.

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  • Aimee Jewell
  • 2020-08-05

Great listening for COVID times (and other times, too!)

This book would have been phenomenal even if the world wasn’t upside-down, but Cameron’s keen sense of honesty, humor, and humility made this especially uplifting to listen to during a worldwide pandemic. I’ve always enjoyed her brand of comedy, but as a recovering Catholic myself, she wrote through a lens that I rarely realize I see the world through. At a time where the world seems on fire, Cameron’s stories remind you that the world can be beautiful, unpredictable, and funny as hell. Thank you for that reminder.

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  • EV Ellington
  • 2020-07-29

Couldn’t Stop Listening

This book is exactly what I needed right now. It was funny, relatable and a great escape from the current state of the world. I liked the audiobook so much I bought a hard copy of the book.

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  • Robin
  • 2020-07-07

You need this book.

You don't know it yet, but you do.

This book is in turns uplifting and scathing (deservedly so) and insightful... and so damn funny I had to pause and rewind because I'd missed hearing parts from laughing so hard. It is easily in my top 5 (top 3?) books I've read this year, and I don't even usually enjoy memoirs.

But this didn't /feel/ like a memoir. It felt like VIP seating at a series of really, really smart sets. The kind of comedy that makes you laugh, while also realizing something new about yourself. Or about the world around you. Or both.

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  • Brandon
  • 2020-07-07

Wow! What a great book.

As a fellow queer ex-catholic, just a few years older than Cameron, this book really spoke to me. I listen to a lot of autobiographies, especially by non-male comedians, and this one really stands out. It has a beautiful combination of earnest self reflection, aspirational writing and was really entertaining to boot. Great!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-07-07

Valiente, divertido y honesto

Me encantó. Una historia cruda, real y divertida sobre cuestionar y crear tu propia felicidad.

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  • Maria M.
  • 2020-06-07

A funny, heartfelt, and incredible read

I first heard about Cameron Esposito when listening to her podcast, Queery, and being able to listen to her tell her story was just incredible. She is a role model, and wove together a unique story that is also relatable and packed with all the right humor. One of my top books of 2020!

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  • Alex
  • 2020-06-04

Buy it!

I don’t have a whole lot to say other than I love this book and I highly recommend it to anyone, queer or otherwise! It’s entertaining, funny, and thought provoking. Love it!

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  • Kale
  • 2020-06-01

Powerful, Hilarious, Great Read

As a person who loves Cameron Esposito, I might be biased, but this book was such a pleasure to listen to. I am a huge fan of memoirs and autobiographies, especially written by people in the LGBT+ community. This book had me laughing and crying. It is a beautiful dive into Cameron's life and trials from childhood to present. As a stand up comedian, Cameron packed this book with witty jokes to lighten the mood, while also being able to cover some real serious issues and lay out her past traumas. 5 Star performance and 5 Star Memoir.
Content warning: this book does include mentions of sexual assult, but no graphic details.