Save Yourself

Memoir
Narrated by: Cameron Esposito
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
5 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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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)

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Cameron Esposito (P)2020 Grand Central Publishing

Critic Reviews

"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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Best book!

Cameron is an exquisite storyteller, and the book is a heartfelt joy to read. This book brings a ray of light in these unpredictable and scary times. Love you Cameron!! And thank you for this beautiful book!

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Captivating story, compelling delivery!

I became familiar with Cameron via her podcast, QUEERY. She does a great job sharing her life story in this book in a way that holds your attention - complete with a touch of brief erotica and the obligatory fish joke!

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So good

Well written, well told, poignant, funny and important. Great insight into growing up queer in America.

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Now in my regular rotation if listens!

Hilarious and poignant voice - chock full of a lifetime of genuine queer wisdom.

I feel like Cameron's journey toward self-acceptance shines throughout this collection of stories. Her descriptions are honest and vulnerable at the core and sprinkled with her distinct sense of humor.

I especially love her navigation of ideas like consent and sexual exploration - not only are they helpful to hear as a queer person from a religious background (they are), but I think they're insightful for people at any age and any point on the spectrum.

I listened to the audiobook version of this title and it was fantastic. Read by the author, the pacing feels so conversational and very similar to her humor on her podcast Queery - which I LOVE.

Would strongly recommend to anyone - queer or not - fantastic food for thought and laughs for your soul.

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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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best memoir I've ever read

riveting. I was sad when it was finished that I didn't have 9 hours more!

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I will read this over and over

I yelled "yaaassss" more than 5 times while listening to this book. The part where Cameron talks about being called beautiful and believing it for the first time was a very touching to me. I relate very deeply.