"Patrick Cusimano's life can't get much worse. Stick to the facts! I can't imagine this being easy nor can I imagine having an opinion on how a person chooses to do so. Save Yourself (Tales from Foster High series) by John Goode. "In [Save Yourself], Esposito explores her coming out process and writes the queer coming-of-age story she wishes she heard as a young person. The characters are all sickos. Now Patrick is working at a grubby convenience store, and … "In [Save Yourself], Esposito explores her coming out process and writes the queer coming-of-age story she wishes she heard as a young person. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read Save Yourself. I loved every minute of this book (I listened to it). Cameron Esposito couldn't have known her memoir Save Yourself would come out in the midst of a global pandemic. Caro, Mike’s girlfriend, is running from her own painful past, with no idea what she’s running toward. . Synopsis A Tales from Foster High StoryMatt Wallace returns to Foster to be with his high school crush, Tyler. Save Yourself is a brave trek down a sometimes twisting, sometimes downright treacherous memory lane. In this memoir, comedian Cameron Esposito explores her coming out process and writes the queer coming of age story she wishes she'd heard as a young person. The chapters felt a little stilted at times and I think I would have called this a memoir. The first half was very familiar, many of her jokes reflect these stories. Mark 15:30. Along with her guardian dragon, Sparky, they begin their own quest in … This was a wonderful, vulnerable memoir about lesbian comedian Cameron Esposito's life so far. It's very good. From being an awkward tween with an eyepatch to worrying God cursed her with ringworm after her first gay kiss, this memoir will make you laugh, cry, and feel a little bit gayer. . I felt SO SEEN, and I love the way Cameron talks about her experiences in church and comedy, but more so within the queer community. It was so good, I don't even know why I expected it not to be. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. How to Save Yourself . “Kelly Braffet’s Save Yourself is that rare and beautiful thing—a novel that takes us to dark places not just through vivid storytelling but also through keen emotional force. I laughed out loud through this whole book! I listened to the audio version read by Cameron which I loved. She’s just a smart, funny, loving, introspective person. Esposito writes about the importance in her life of people who modeled lives she didn't know were possible--thanks for modeling a recovering Catholic for me, Esposito. There's also a lot of great sister-relationship stuff going on. Cameron writes like she speaks, and if you enjoy her standup you'll enjoy this. She doesn't withhold details that make her look bad (cheating when she didn't knowing how to end her first queer relationship, voting for Goerge W Bush when she was pro-life). [homophobia (d'uh), disordered eating/body image issues, mentions of child abuse in the Church (the scandal in Boston), rape, substance abuse (alcohol), misogyny. Save Yourself is a hilarious and honest memoir by Cameron Esposito. We’d love your help. I imagine that people in that world would get more out of this than I did, but even so there were things about this that I found to be very compelling. LibraryThing Review User Review - mhanlon - LibraryThing. I barreled through the book in just a couple of days and kept wanting more. I also loved the inspiring way that she spoke about getting into standup. In my entire life, this is only the third book I did not complete. Mike's girlfriend, Caro, who fled from her bipolar mother when she was 16, lives with the brothers, but is increasingly attracted to Patrick. Book one, Save yourself. She writes about growing up, coming out, and learning to feel comfortable in her own skin. As a big fan of Cameron Esposito's comedy, I'm a bit biased, and I think without that fanfare this review would be different. "It can't be understated how necessary a book like Save Yourself is. Save Yourself By Cameron Esposito Cameron Esposito is as funny as she can get with her memoir. Damn, I loved this book so much. Readers familiar with Esposito's stand-up will recognize some of these stories and be grateful for the deeper dive; those unfamiliar will delight in making her acquaintance; and all will have their hearts warmed by her missive of acceptance and kindness to her younger self. I don't know. No Rating Yet Other Books… "—Book Riot The book has its weaknesses, most of which appear in the early chapters. Growing up in a devout Catholic family and attending a conservative Catholic university meant Esposito's journey of self-exploration wasn't always easy. The ways that she described being broke as an adult rubbed me the wrong way without being put in context of her privileged economic upbringing. About the Book Save Yourself. "—Harper's Bazaar "Cameron Esposito's Save Yourself is an insightful and often hilarious memoir of gender, identity, and much more. 3.5 stars. I’m turned on to her podcast too which is really good. "—Largehearted Boy English Standard Version Update. "In [Save Yourself], Esposito explores her coming out process and writes the queer coming-of-age story she wishes she heard as a young person. (And if... To see what your friends thought of this book. Warm, conversational, and laugh out loud funny. Definitely recommend! I also loved the inspiring way that she spoke about getting into standup. Readers familiar with Esposito's stand-up will recognize some of these stories and be grateful for the deeper dive; those unfamiliar will delight in making her acquaintance; and all will have their hearts warmed by her missive of acceptance and kindness to her younger self. Patrick Cusimano’s life can’t get much worse. This is going to be a hard review to write, and that's not because Kelly Braffet's Save Yourself is bad -- quite the opposite, in fact. The comic and podcast host’s first book, Save Yourself, is a coming-of-age memoir that doesn’t shy away from the awkward, cringeworthy and must-read-out-loud paragraphs you’ll be sharing with friends on Zoom. Comedian Cameron Esposito’s new book Save Yourself has landed on my shortlist of memoirs that blend interiority and laugh-out-loud wit. Her writing is insightful and generously open, and her voice leaps from the page. I found myself giggling at this book A LOT. Cameron Esposito's writing style has the same manic energy that her standup does. Otherwise, I could kinda tell this was her first book? It's like rewatching "Back to the Future" or "Sixteen Candles" as an adult and being like "wait, I think that scene is actual sexual assault" as nostalgia turns into unsettling recognition.”, Erin *Help I’m Reading and I Can’t Get Up*. Get this from a library! Save Yourself is a brave trek down a sometimes twisting, sometimes downright treacherous memory lane. Fig. It's healing, and puts into words feelings and experiences I didn't know there were words for. I love memoirs about people’s lives that explore different themes, challenges, resolutions. This book felt truly therapeutic for me. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. I’ve wanted to add another element to this blog outside the realm of book reviews for a long time. This video is unavailable. This article relates to Save Yourself. Save Yourself charts the good, the bad, and the messy of Esposito's personal journey, from joining the circus to having period sex in Rome. Save Yourself is an electrifying, tomahawk missile of a thriller with honest-to-God people at its core. 30 save yourself, and come down from the cross!” Read full chapter. Still, that's an average of a hundred pages or so per sitting, and that only happens when a book is truly working on me. There are some reviews, I noticed, that looked down on her version of coming into her own (or her coming out) and how she portrayed it in her writing style. She doesn't withhold details that make her look bad (cheating when she didn't knowing how to end her first queer relationship, voting for Goerge W Bush when she was pro-life). As an ex rugby player, modern dancer and current improviser, I identified with her on many levels. I just enjoyed the heck out of it and was quite moved too. by Kelly Braffet. Save Yourself (Before You Change Your Mind) is a collection of daily affirmations, suggestions, insights, and musings, aimed to help the reader identify and ultimately successfully move on from a toxic relationship. Welcome back. Oh Cameron! Where my recovering Catholics at? To me, our stories are our own and how you choose to provide that to the world is your choice. This was even more laugh-out-loud funny than I expected, and I had high expectations as a fan of Esposito. 862 likes. Save Yourself. Of opportunity yes. The one pie. 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." The residents of Ratchetsburg also fault the brothers for waiting 19 hours before calling the police. Create, print, and sell professional-quality photo books, magazines, trade books, and ebooks with Blurb! If "O Holy Night" comes on while I drive past the jack-o-lanterns still out on your porches, I will likely blast it, and get taken in by the comfort of things I grew up with. This was great. You’re a Queero of mine. Refresh and try again. Save Yourselves! Save Yourself book? Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read Save Yourself. So grab a drink (and by drink I mean water or coffee—it’s still early and there’s a good chance you’re at work), stay a while, and I hope you enjoy the read. Font Size. Growing up in a devout Catholic family and attending a conservative Catholic university meant Esposito's journey of self-exploration wasn't always easy. Save Yourself View larger image. I think this book will have more of an impact on folks not familiar with her comedy (simply because it’s a bit repetitive). I left it feeling soothed and optimistic. SHIPPING. But seriously, CAN she be my new best friend? -- Tegan Quin, musician and co-author of High School: Lccn: 2019-026134 2 Continue wrapping two more times, for a total of three wraps. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. How Are You Going to Save Yourself is a stunning accomplishment, a debut book that reads like the work of a writer with decades of experience. Is that this story affect the subscribers possible? Just like real life. . By: John Goode. March 24th 2020 In Save Yourself, Patrick Cusimano works at Zoney's, a 24-hour convenience store in a small fictional town in Pennsylvania called Ratchetsburg.He finds his candy-striped uniform and the sterile atmosphere of the place stifling, yet work here is one of just a few options for town residents. I listened to the audio version read by Cameron which I loved. 'Save Yourself': Cameron Esposito Is Here To Help You Through Hard Times The comic couldn't have known her memoir would come out in the midst of a global pandemic. I found learning about her super Catholic upbringing and how she navigated figuring out she was gay in (a super Catholic) college fascinating. Mike believes that if Patrick hadn't called the police, their father would never have been arrested, despite the damaged, bloody car. By applying her “Ascending Mind” p Save Yourself View larger image. As a big fan of Cameron Esposito's comedy, I'm a bit biased, and I think without that fanfare this review would be different. And then you turn the page and laugh again. As a queer person, seeing myself in Esposito's journey means more than I can say. His father is in jail, he works the midnight shift at a grubby convenience store, and his brother’s girlfriend, Caro, has pushed their friendship to an uncomfortable new level. Well, this book is perfect for that feeling. My new best friend. Consider placing your order for shipping rather than in-store pickup; orders are currently being fulfilled FASTER via our warehouse's direct-to-home shipping option than for store pickup (and shipping is free for orders over $125)! I listened to the audiobook in a single day because I just kept wanting to hear her words. I could hear her saying most of the book, which I think would make this a fun one to listen to as an audiobook. We’ve got your back. DIY Book Repair Information, Membership and Supplies & Expert Book Restoration Services SAVE YOURSELF is full of funny and insightful recollections about everything from coming out (at a Catholic college where being gay can get you expelled) 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 an awkward tween with an eyepatch (which Cameron was). About the Book Save Yourself. Thanks, Cameron! Directed by Alex Huston Fischer, Eleanor Wilson. You won't laugh through this entire book, you will feel pain and heart break and disappointment and frustration. Oh, and the references to a the Pittsburgh area peaked my interest because I lived near Cranberry and Evans City, as well as the city itself. From being an awkward tween with an eyepatch to worrying God cursed her with ringworm after her first gay kiss, this memoir will make you laugh, cry, and feel a little bit gayer. The narrative is also crafted similarly to standup--there are leadups to ideas that she circles back around to only when you've forgotten that's where the story started--and it really works. Read More Books in 2021 with the Goodreads Reading Challenge. It centers straight experience of queerness and someone else’s disappointment instead of my joy.”, “I'm mad at the religion I grew up in. And what I do think she did an excellent job at was writing in her voice. How Are You Going to Save Yourself is a stunning accomplishment, a debut book that reads like the work of a writer with decades of experience. I really loved this book. Meanwhile, sisters Layla and Verna Elshere are outcasts at their high school, ostracized because their father, Jeff, "a home church leader," waged a high-profile campaign against sex education. And the fact that she can share such personal stories that make me laugh and cry is a tribute to her truly impressive writing. There is no Rathetsburg in Pittsburgh. Patrick Cusimano is in a bad way. "—Book Riot From being an awkward tween with an eyepatch to worrying God cursed her with ringworm after her first gay kiss, this memoir will make you laugh, cry, and feel a little bit gayer. Posts about Save Yourself written by booknookcanuck. A young Brooklyn couple heads to an upstate cabin to unplug from their phones and reconnect with each other. The one piece I would have liked more analysis around was her coming from a wealthy family and the shifting financial reality of pursuing a career as a comedian. I read Save Yourself more or less in three sustained sittings. It's an … The comic and podcast host’s first book, Save Yourself, is a coming-of-age memoir that doesn’t shy away from the awkward, cringeworthy and must-read-out-loud paragraphs you’ll be sharing with friends on Zoom. Be the first to ask a question about Save Yourself. . I'm sure the audiobook will be even better; I can't wait to hear these stories again in Cameron's voice! "In [Save Yourself], Esposito explores her coming out process and writes the queer coming-of-age story she wishes she heard as a young person. A gripping novel full of suspense and pathos that Dennis Lehane calls an "electrifying, tomahawk missile of a thriller. Braffet (Last Seen Leaving) uses graceful prose, astute dialogue, and vivid characters to carry the plot to an unexpected and believable finale. This was a fun and in some parts, insightful book to listen too. [Jeremy Whitley; M Goodwin; Jung-Ha Kim; Dave Dwonch] -- Follow the adventures of Princess Adrienne, a princess who's tired of waiting to be rescued. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. And what I do think she did an excellent job at was writing in her voice. The chapters felt a little stilted at times and I think I would have called this a memoir in a series of essays instead of a complete novel? It is hilarious and comforting, while not avoiding the difficult discussions of actually surviving as a queer person, even with privilege and success. Uhm. Food Deserts. "Patrick Cusimano’s father killed a boy while driving drunk. Cameron Esposito wanted to be a priest and ended up a stand-up comic. Save Yourself Before Normal Kills You challenges you to question everything you believe and why you believe it. Signed up for the 2021 Goodreads Reading Challenge and looking for tips on how to discover and read more books? by Kelly Braffet. I'm not sure the extent to which I loved this story because it was familiar, but I think part of Cameron's gift is being able to make her story relatable. "It can't be understated how necessary a book like Save Yourself is. C'mon - it can't just be me. Esposito is very funny, but here she's also very earnest, which really worked for me. Fauzia Burke is the founder and president of FSB Associates, an online publicity and marketing firm specializing in creating awareness for books and authors.She's the author of Online Marketing for Busy Authors (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, April 2016). This 'hilarious and honest' bestselling 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). Wow. I went to Cameron Esposito's high school (a lowly freshmen when she was a senior) and I found myself nodding along when she was describing those days. But beyond the laughs, this memoir has so much heart. "—Book Riot She doesn't shy away from the. She really captures what it was like to be a queer kid in the 80s and 90s. Blissfully unaware of their surroundings, they are left to their own devices as the planet falls under attack. Regardless, I wanted to share with you how to read 52 books in 52 weeks and why I feel like I saved myself 21,000 dollars in the process. The closer it got to the end, the more scared I got that it … 1 Take the knotted end of the cord and wrap it around the rope, going through the other end of the cord, similar to a girth-hitch. In this memoir, comedian Cameron Esposito explores her coming out process and writes the queer coming of age story she wishes she'd heard as a young person. "In [Save Yourself], Esposito explores her coming out process and writes the queer coming-of-age story she wishes she heard as a young person. As their fates become entwined, everyone is set down a terrifying and twisted path—leading them all toward a collision where loyalties will be betrayed, fears exposed, and lives shattered.Now with Extra Libris material, including recommended reading and bonus content. "In [Save Yourself], Esposito explores her coming out process and writes the queer coming-of-age story she wishes she heard as a young person. I could hear her saying most of the book, which I think would make this a fun one to listen to as an audiobook. Fauzia has promoted the books of authors such as Alan Alda, Arianna Huffington, Deepak Chopra, Melissa Francis, S. C. Gwynne, Mika … We offer free shippings on all orders over $350. Esposito writes about the importance in her life of people who modeled lives she didn't know were possible--thanks for modeling a recovering Catholic for. Although this book deals with some tough subjects (sexual assault, familial homophobia) I found it overall not a heavy read. I found learning about her super Catholic upbringing and how she navigated figuring out she was gay in (a super Catholic) college fascinating. This was a little like reading a slowly smoldering firecracker. I destroy books for fun and profit, and I'm here to tell you how to do it too. Patrick Cusimano’s life can’t get much worse. Your orders will be shipped by FedEx. This is a copyrighted book. There are a lot of reasons to read this book, but if you are struggling to come to terms with the faith background you grew up in (and it was a very involved faith background) then you NEED to read Esposito's memoir. i can’t say enough about how much of a fun-yet-moving reading experience SAVE YOURSELF From sexism and sexuality to white male privilege and self acceptance, Cameron uses humor to break down the barriers that keep us from speaking … -- Tegan Quin, musician and co … From being an awkward tween with an eyepatch to worrying God cursed her with ringworm after her first gay kiss, this memoir will make you laugh, cry, and feel a little bit gayer. Do you ever feel like you just need something gay in your life? She doesn't shy away from the difficult moments, and her earnest vulnerability in SAVE YOURSELF made this a very special book. Oneself, indeed, is one's savior, for what other savior would there be? ‎ A gripping novel full of suspense and pathos that Dennis Lehane calls an "electrifying, tomahawk missile of a thriller." Save Yourself. Save yourself by Kelly Braffet, 2014, Broadway Books edition, in English - First paperback edition. With oneself well controlled the problem of looking for external savior is solved, -- (Dhammapada 166) As the Buddha was about to pass away, His disciples came from everywhere to be near Him. Save Yourself is an electrifying, tomahawk missile of a thriller with honest-to-God people at its core. Layla Elshere is a goth teenager who befriends Patrick for reasons he doesn’t understand and doesn’t trust. 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, … "—Book Riot How to save your life during quarantine time. Yet it delivers surprises and laughs, along with a couple of solid scares, making it a terrifically fun and quirky romp. By: Kelly Braffet. 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 … Second queer memoir read of 2020! Layla, who has retreated into the goth world, pulls Verna with her, along with Patrick, into an even darker, violent place. It rocks the house.” —Dennis Lehane, author of Live by Night “Kelly Braffet’s Save Yourself is that rare and beautiful thing—a novel that takes us to dark places not just through vivid storytelling but also through keen emotional force. Save Yourself is a brave trek down a sometimes twisting, sometimes downright treacherous memory lane. It's healing, and puts into words feelings and experiences I didn't know there were words for. This site explains my techniques, which I use to churn out several hundred book … Now Patrick is working at a grubby convenience store, and he and his brother, Mike, are the town pariahs. I really appreciate that she doesn’t paint over times she’s messed up, proving to all of us how you can grow and learn going forward. Otherwise, I could kinda tell this was her first book? It's so good that I feel like any attempt on my part to sum up the book and talk about the feelings it stirred within me would do nothing but undermine the story and the characters and the struggles they go through. I’m so glad this book is in the world! In doing so, freshman author and rogue scholar, Michelle Crenshaw, offers a pathway to personal liberation and spiritual ascension in the “age of chaos”. 3.5 stars, rounded up because they are my favorite comedian. Warm, conversational, and laugh out loud funny. Reads more like a psychiatric research project. Book safes (aka Hollow Books, Secret Books, etc.) "In [Save Yourself], Esposito explores her coming out process and writes the queer coming-of-age story she wishes she heard as a young person. Princeless. I really wanted to read Cameron Esposito's memoir because I love her podcast "Queery" but that one focuses mostly on her guests and I was really interested to find out more about the author and her life. This was even more laugh-out-loud funny than I expected, and I had high expectations as a fan of Esposito. Fig. Synopsis A gripping novel full of suspense and pathos that Dennis Lehane calls an "electrifying, tomahawk missile of a thriller. Start by marking “Save Yourself” as Want to Read: Error rating book. are a fantastic way to hide your stuff in plain sight, but they also make great gifts (and great gift boxes). "—Book Riot Save Yourself (Book) : Esposito, Cameron : "Cameron Esposito is on her way to becoming a household name, thanks to her unique brand of comedy that doesn't shy away from the issues women (and many men) face today. Although this book deals with some tou. A memoir of a lesbian comedian who was raised Catholic? I'm not sure the extent to which I loved this story because it was familiar, but I think part of Cameron's gift is being able to make her story relatable. I want ALL the queer memoirs to exist! Vulnerable, honest, and funny, I tore through this and at so many points did I think I FEEL YOU CAMMY! Funny as ever, and so compassionate around so many things. From being an awkward tween with an eyepatch to worrying God cursed her with ringworm after her first gay kiss, this memoir will make you laugh, cry, and feel a little bit gayer. , “How did your parents take it?” is an annoying question. Chose from several free tools or use Adobe InDesign or Adobe Lightroom. Save Yourself - … Loved it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. And Layla’s little sister, Verna, tortured by her classmates, finds unlikely solace with Layla’s dark tribe of outcasts. I found myself giggling at this book A LOT. At the time of social distancing and anxiety provoking situations we are all going through currently, listening and reading SAVE YOURSELF was not only timely but may have helped in saving myself through this stressful times - at least for me it did! 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