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Sure, I'll join your cult : a memoir of mental illness and the quest to belong anywhere / Maria Bamford.


"From "weird, scary, ingenious" (The New York Times) stand-up comedian Maria Bamford, a brutally honest and hilariously frenetic memoir about show business, mental health, and the comfort of rigid belief systems-from Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People, to Suzuki violin training, to Richard Simmons, to 12-step programs. Maria Bamford is a comedian's comedian (an outsider among outsiders) and has forever fought to find a place to belong. From struggling with an eating disorder as a child of the 1980s, to navigating a career in the arts (and medical debt and psychiatric institutionalization), she has tried just about every method possible to not only be a part of the world, but to want to be a part of it. In Bamford's signature voice, Sure, I'll Join Your Cult, brings us on a quest to participate in something. With sincerity and transparency, she recounts every anonymous fellowship she has joined (including but not limited to: Debtors Anonymous, Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous, and Overeaters Anonymous), every hypomanic episode (from worrying about selling out under capitalism to enforcing union rules on her Netflix TV show set to protect her health), and every easy 1-to-3-step recipe for fudge in between. Singular and inimitable, Bamford's memoir explores what it means to keep going, and to be a member of society (or any group she's invited to) despite not being very good at it. In turn, she hopes to transform isolating experiences into comedy that will make you feel less alone (without turning into a cult following)"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781982168568
  • ISBN: 1982168560
  • Physical Description: x, 272 pages : black and white illustrations, photographs ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Gallery Books hardcover edition 2023.
  • Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2023.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Sure, I'll join your cult -- Getting current: what life is like now -- Diagnos-yes! -- My first cult: my family -- Loose cannon (and high priest of hilarity) -- My sister: the funny (chosen) one -- The temple of thin! -- Suzuki violin -- Dale Carnegie (winning friends an influencing people!) -- Overeaters anonymous -- Showbiz! The cult! The artis's way! -- Debtors anonymous -- OCD CBT that is not free -- My ?th (who cares) cult: sex and love addiction anonymous -- The cult of success -- I killed God (and the circumstances leading up to a breakdown) -- The breakdown begins -- Hospitalization #1 -- Hospitalization #2 -- Hospitalization #3: certificate of completion -- Boundaries: I will not join just anything -- Bipolar acting job: Lady Dynamite -- My tenth cult: recovering couples anonymous -- Obligatory suicide disclaimer -- The twelve (silly) steps of (super stupid) twelve-step programs (my version, which is unapproved and apostate).
Subject: Bamford, Maria, 1970-
Comedians > United States > Biography.
Mentally ill > United States > Biography.
Genre: Autobiographies.

Available copies

  • 8 of 24 copies available at SPARK Libraries. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Juniata County.


  • 3 current holds with 24 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Juniata County Library 92 BAMFORD (Text) 39640100667425 JUNM Non-Fiction New Available -

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