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Publisher's Summary

This "hilarious and honest" best-selling memoir from a rising comedy star tackles issues of gender, sexuality, feminism, and the Catholic childhood that prepared her for a career as an outspoken lesbian comedian (Abby Wambach).

Cameron Esposito wanted to be a priest and ended up a stand-up comic. 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 read. 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.

Indie Best Seller

Washington Post Best Seller

Seattle Times Best Seller

One of Bustle's Most Anticipated Books of March

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©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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Beautiful, Relatable, Inspiring

This book is poignant and beautiful. We’re all out here, just doing the best we can to make it all work...some of us with ingrained dogma running through our minds telling us we’re effing up or disappointing our creator somehow. I’d recommend this cathartic, inspiring read (listen) to anyone who’s queer, Catholic or a recovering Catholic, or who wishes to/must forge a path other than that which has been thrust upon them. Plus, as Cammy’ll tell ya, she’s funny!

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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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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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fantastic!

This is exactly what I needed. Thanks for sharing your heart and soul in this engaging, vulnerable, hilarious, and wonderfully queer story!!

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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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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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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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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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Content Warning

I wish the Audible synopses included reasonable content warnings. Heads up: contains descriptions of rape and domestic violence. Other than not being braced for that content, I loved Cameron Esposito's book.

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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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