Training to be Myself: An Indulgent Odyssey of Obsessions, Confessions, and Curiosities (memoir)


This book is a travel memoir. This book is pop culture essays. This book is grieving, nostalgia, improv, teaching, failure, sex, discovery, and action movies. It’s about losing people and finding yourself. It’s sad, but also funny, and probably way too personal for me not to regret it in the future.

If Chuck Klosterman, Michelle Orange, and John Steinbeck are top shelf spirits, consider this a long pour from a plastic handle of Old Crow. Board the Amtrak and join me as I train to be myself.


My book is out and you can order direct from me and I’ll sign it! Here’s what it’s about:

At thirty-three, comedian and educator Jake Jabbour found himself living alone after a breakup with his girlfriend and burying his grandpa. His most impactful relationships ended, stripping from him his identities as a roommate, boyfriend, and grandson. Hoping to discover who he was when he wasn’t himself, Jake boarded an Amtrak train with his comedy partner to perform live improv across the country, from Los Angeles to New York, examining the trials, tragedies, and triumphs of his past that landed him alone in the most crowded cities in the country.


In the lineage of Chuck Klosterman’s Killing Yourself to Live and John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley, Jake chronicles his cross-country travels with an eye trained towards relationships and culture, searching for clues and connections with others that might shine a light on his own identity. Along the way, Jake lays bare his thoughts on grief, nostalgia, family, failure, comedy, education, relationships, culture, and self-acceptance.


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