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  • A Memoir of Mental Illness and the Quest to Belong Anywhere
  • By: Maria Bamford
  • Narrated by: Maria Bamford
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Sure, I'll Join Your Cult

By: Maria Bamford
Narrated by: Maria Bamford
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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).

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©2023 Maria Bamford (P)2023 Simon & Schuster Audio

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An absolute joy

An absolute joy, and a roller coaster, and a joy! I am five words short.

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Brilliant!

Hilarious, insightful, laugh out loud funny, absolutely brilliant. If you love Maria's stand up, you will love this.

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Sure I'll Join Your Cult

This was a spectacular dive into mental health in an incredibly engaging way. I was so hooked that I finished it faster than any other book I've listened to. Couldn't recommend this wonderful gem enough :D

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Probably the best biography I've read

This is an amazing memoir that really makes use of Maria's comedic skill as well as her personal honesty. If you appreciate the struggles of mental illness, struggles with controlling behaviour or just have empathy, this is an amazingly frank and hopeful book.

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It’s perfect

I truly cannot recommend this book enough. It is perfection in every single way imaginable.

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kind of annoying

moments where I chuckled, but mostly I found this a bit irritating and mildly patronising.

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Another amazing work from Maria Bamford!

An absolute delight to listen to - Maria's humour and self reflection provide an interesting insight to her experiences. Obviously also a lot of insight into the day to day challenges of mental health stuff. Loved every bit of it and may have to go back for a second listen.

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So good!

An engaging memoir that is elevated by an incredible performance by Maria reading it aloud. Thoroughly recommend this audio book for an interesting life story and some great LOL moments.

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How do you solve a problem like Maria?

You don’t!!! She’s amazing & human & honest.
I have loved & admired Maria’s comedy, writing, acting & voice overs for years. This book is everything I’ve ever wanted & more. I was particularly grateful that she read it herself. 5 stars aren’t enough. I give this book all the stars!

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