The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee

The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee

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by Sarah Silverman
     
 

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1. Which of the following do you appreciate?

(a) Women with somewhat horse-ish facial features.
(b) Women who, while not super Jew-y, are more identifiably Jewish than, say, Natalie Portman.
(c) Frequent discussion of unwanted body hair.

2. Are you offended by the following behavior?

(a) Instructing one's grandmother to place baked goods in her rectal cavity.
(b) Stripping naked in public—eleven times in a row.
(c) Stabbing one's boss in the head with a writing implement.

3. The best way to treat an emotionally fragile young girl is:

(a) Murder the main course of her Thanksgiving dinner before her very eyes.
(b) Tell her that her older sister is prettier than she, and then immediately die.
(c) Prevent her suicide by recommending she stay away from open windows.

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Editorial Reviews

Dave Itzkoff
…if there is a lesson to Ms. Silverman's often hilarious and occasionally revelatory memoir…it is more profound than that its author is funny when she uses words she's not supposed to…More than just a collection of gags and stand-up leftovers, The Bedwetter is a mostly cohesive narrative of how a rebellious comic perspective evolved and became inseparable from the person who employs it, and how anyone who could find offense in that is really the butt of the joke.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Demonstrating that her penchant for swearing began at an early age, comedian Silverman begins her hilarious memoir by describing how, at age three, she gleefully responded to her grandmother's offer of brownies with “shove 'em up your ass.” Growing up in New Hampshire (“where cows are well done and Jews are rare”), Silverman naturally gravitated toward performing and moved to New York, where she attended and eventually dropped out of New York University to pursue a standup comedy career. Mixing show business moments (she wrote for Saturday Night Live for one season, but none of her sketches made it past dress rehearsal) with stories of her childhood and adolescence (punctuated by a persistent bedwetting problem), Silverman never shies away from poking fun at her own expense. Though she's best known for sexually explicit jokes, Silverman is able to address more serious subjects in the book without losing her edge, particularly her teenage struggle with depression and that her often abrasive public persona allowed her to “say what I didn't mean, even preach the opposite of what I believed.... It was a funny way of being sincere.” 8-page color insert. (May)
New York magazine
“Odd, shambling, and funny... as close to an explanation of Silverman and her comedy as we’re likely to get. It seems to be saying, Obviously I’m joking, but it’s also me up there.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Without curtailing her trademark potty-mouth humor and shock tactics, comedian Sarah Silverman has written a memoir that’s sweet, funny, real and, dare I say it, occasionally even touching… Silverman’s book suggests that, behind the cute face and dirty mouth, there’s a clever woman with a warm heart.”
People
“In this book, as onstage, she has the power to shock—not so easy in these times. Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor crossed lines; now that the controversy has faded, we remember their genius. And so we will with Sarah Silverman.”
New York Times
“Often hilarious and occasionally revelatory.… More than just a collection of gags and stand-up leftovers, ‘The Bedwetter’ is a mostly cohesive narrative of how a rebellious comic perspective evolved and became inseparable from the person who employs it, and how anyone who could find offense in that is really the butt of the joke.”
Elle
“Readers...get a fully realized portrait of Silverman: tales from a youth spent moistening mattresses and fighting depression in New Hampshire; her salad days as a struggling comedienne in New York; and the various trials that have come with being the filthiest, funniest woman on television.”
Los Angeles Times
“It’s irreverent, funny and sometimes winningly serious…. Though Silverman’s book provides her customary shock-and-awe humor ... it is Silverman’s honesty and vulnerability that are most surprising.”
Vanity Fair
“Deftly mixes the spit-take funny stuff with an unsentimental but enlightened look back at her not-so-charmed life and career.”
Heeb Magazine
“An engrossing (and grossing) journey from childhood to childish adulthood.... Silverman’s standup, normally marked by a detached persona and thick outer layer of snark and irony, is off-putting for some, but here she hits previously unseen levels of honesty and sincerity while still retaining her expected level of filth.”
People Magazine
"In this book, as onstage, she has the power to shock—not so easy in these times. Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor crossed lines; now that the controversy has faded, we remember their genius. And so we will with Sarah Silverman."
New York Magazine
"Odd, shambling, and funny... as close to an explanation of Silverman and her comedy as we’re likely to get. It seems to be saying, Obviously I’m joking, but it’s also me up there."
Library Journal
Silverman is great on-screen, and even her film Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic, less than an hour-and-a-half long, is not enough! Luckily, she's in print now and just as funny. This look back at the childhood and beginning career of Silverman, bed wetter extraordinaire, isn't a stab at a complete autobiography, though. It's more of a sketch that highlights particularly influential parts of growing up, like being a bed wetter, which lead to a career of delighting in potty humor. From her humble New England beginnings to her forays into crossing Asian American watchdog groups, fashion police, and various network censors, Silverman's loose collection of stories makes for great reading. Silverman is not known for self-censoring, and her book is filled with off-color language; what's more, at least one photograph makes the title inappropriate for school libraries. VERDICT For any reader who enjoys Silverman's stand-up and television work, her freshman literary effort is highly entertaining, provides a fascinating introduction to the person behind the persona, and should fly off the shelves—order a few. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 12/09; 300,000-copy first printing; four-city tour; ebook ISBN 978-0-06-198707-6.]—Audrey Snowden, Cleveland P.L.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061987076
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/20/2010
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HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
44,510
File size:
2 MB

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Sarah Silverman is the co-creator and star of The Sarah Silverman Program. She won an Emmy in 2009 for her video I'm F***ing Matt Damon, and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for her role on The Sarah Silverman Program. Silverman lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Duck, presuming he does not die prior to publication, which is moderately to extremely likely.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a fan of Sarah Silverman's comedy, I was looking forward to reading her memoir, "The Bedwetter : Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee". The book did not disappoint. It is one of the rare memoirs that manage to be both concise and insightful. Silverman bravely devotes much of the book to her childhood battles with depression and enuresis. She also discusses her days as a struggling comic and her views on topics like fashion and religion. Her account of writing for Saturday Night Live in the'90's is especially interesting. Regardless of the subject matter, each chapter is peppered with the clever humor Silverman fans have come to expect. The only complaint I have is that Silverman completely ignores the existence of one of her sisters when talking about her childhood, only to introduce her later in the photographic section of the book and never mention her again. Other than that, I highly recommend "The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee" to anyone who is not easily offended.
Baron_Von_Literature More than 1 year ago
It has been a long time since I dipped quill in ink to pen a thoughful review, and it'll be a lot longer than now too. That's because I don't think this book was great...wait for it...I KNOW it was great! Many people know of Ms. Silverman's smokin' hot body of work, her unceasing efforts to advance the study of Doodyology at Cambridge, or her championing of the case to spread awareness of Matt Damon f***ing. These are all admirable in their own right, but now she has completely raised the bar by writing a book FOR FREE, and GIVING IT AWAY. All proceeds go to charity. Oh, wait. $25.99? She's keeping the money? Well it doesn't matter; i'm gay for Sarah Silverman and I'm a dude. Reading this is like being along for the ride of her life so far. The writing is so vivid, you actually FEEL like you're waking up with her in a pee-soaked bed. All the other words I would use to describe "The Bedwetter" keep getting censored by Barnes & Noble, so that's all you get folks! I can't wait to buy this book, read it and then leave it in a park for a homeless guy to spank to.
Jessi419 More than 1 year ago
I read this book on the merit of a few good reviews I had read. I'll be honest and say that while I've found myself laughing at Sarah Silverman's comedy and TV show before, I'm not entirely won over by it, but I've always been under the impression that the person behind it is intelligent and likable. This book truly supports that. It's just a good read by a woman that I feel I can relate to. Despite the farts and pee jokes, there's a lot of introspection about her relationships with her friends, family and colleagues that is really just a joy to read. This is not to say I don't find farts and pee jokes humorous, but reading how they're anchored in her psyche makes her comedy all the more enjoyable. She comes across as a sensitive person who cares about the feelings of others (an issue addressed in the book are the debacles concerning Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Guy Aoki, the president of MANAA). I think it's true that it's overly-didactic for a comedian to explain their jokes, but I think reading these passages was important. They made interesting stories and reading about her reactions to the bad press really made me feel for her. I'm really enjoying this book and I hope that even if you don't totally love her comedy, you'll at least give it a try.
Knitwych More than 1 year ago
This book affirmed my suspicion that Sarah Silverman is Sarah Silverman's biggest fan. I was hoping there might be something in it that would convince me that her talent is writing (she did start out as a comedy writer, and it's painfully obvious that her "acting" is simply her repetitively bringing her obnoxious traits to every role), but it didn't pan out. I'm very glad that I borrowed this book, rather than purchasing it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Sarah Silverman's bold comedic style. She's original, and daringly hilarious. This book was such a fun, and rather insightful read.
ashabash More than 1 year ago
Never had anything against Sarah, but never followed her religiously either. Bedwetter was endlessly entertaining but wasnt forced at all. It was silly but not to the extent that you lose interest with what she's saying. I've also learmed that she and i are the same person... not like siamese twins or anything though so dont get excited. I dont know it's late, i lovvvved this book, i now have a hetero crush on sarah, and im going to bed.
HeatherlyO More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the stream-of-consciousness writing sans chapters! Well done, Sarah! I hope this isn't her last attempt at the comedy memoir writing genre, as she has a heart-warming and simultaneously hilarious childhood to draw from. Not for people who dislike funny stuff or topical humor about pee, poo(p), and the author's vagina.
Anonymous 8 months ago
All of you...pblpblblpbl
Anonymous 10 months ago
So this book is about about a nine year old boy whos dressing up as Garfeild for the premeir of the new Garfeild movie. His name is Joel. If something is confusing, then ask me on comedy result 3. Thanks! So here it is: I run into the theater wearing my ridicolis costume. Where am I supposed to go? I see an office labled manager. I head there. I slowly knock. "Come in." A deep voice says. As I open the door, I tell myself a lot of things: "This is probably m new boss. Be polite. Don't say anything stupid...." "Hello! You must be Joel." He says, holding his hand out to shake. He looks kind of old. He has a white mustache and beard. He actually looks kind of like Santa Claus (Seriously, if my three year old brother Alex were here, he would have mistaken him for Santa. Even though its the middle of the summer). "Yes." I say. "I'm supposed to be san-" I almost say Santa since my new boss looks so much like him. "Garfeild?" "Yes." I say. "What exacly am I supposed to do? I mean, I just learned about this job yesterday, and...." "Don't worry Jake." He says. "It's Joel." I say. Woops. Was that not polite? I mean this guy looks pretty nice and all, but..... "Sorry, Joel." He says. Whew. "My name is Mr. Klaus, by the way." Mr. Klaus? "All you really do is hang around." He continues. "After Lunch you assist at the concession stand. Oh, and talk to fans." He winks. "Thats the most important part. Bye." "Bye." I say. Job, here I come.
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Fans only
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just trying to read the "forward" bored me to desth, and bathroom jokes, really? Guess this is for her super fans only, im not impressed. I was hoping to read something light & funny, not a self-praise book. If you enjoy reading how great she thinks she is, go ahead. I'll pass.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Post it at "trick or pee". ONE CONDITION: no sex. Just good old fashioned peeing outside please.
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Funny book
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I wanted a light read for my vacation and this book was perfect. Sarah Silverman is no holds barred hilarious and I love that she's not afraid to push the envelope. Some parts were laugh out loud funny, particularly when she's talking about her awkward childhood embarrassments, which most of us can totally relate to. What I really love is that she's okay being the butt of the joke, and at the same time is non-apologetic about telling it like it is. I thoroughly enjoyed this read, and would definitely read another book by her if she were so inclined to write one.
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Never stopped laughing or gasping in surprise. Loved every page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Sarah already. This book made me love her more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was funny and a quick easy read
RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
I nearly pissed my pants while reading the foreword (written in expert fashion by the author herself), and had that been the entire story, it would have rivaled any humor tale I’d ever picked up. But sadly, there was more to THE BEDWETTER: STORIES OF COURAGE, REDEMPTION, AND PEE, and it wasn’t entirely filled with plastic sheets covered mania. While this is just a rough guess, I’d say the first half of the book was literary comedic genius. Filled with chuckles and flat-out bits of hysteria. And I was plowing through it like a horse that had been slapped on the behind one too many times. Unfortunately, the second half turned into what felt like more of a promotion for The Sarah Silverman Program (TSSP for short) and contemplative reflection on her time on Saturday Night Live, where she told us on more than one occasion how none of her stories were picked up during her one year stint on the show and gave us a bit of insight into how the writing process actually worked. Sure, it was interesting, but I’d hoped for more funny. A lot more of it. After the absolute promise of the first half. I mean, this is the woman who at six years of age told her aunt to shove brownies up her ass. This held plenty of promise, but I felt a little cheated on what I’d actually been delivered. Similar to going to a restaurant and asking for Filet Mignon but receiving a Ribeye instead. Still, if you want a good read and the opportunity to laugh like a maniac, you may find yourself skipping along joyously with this one. Like me, though, you may end up a bit disappointed with the second half of the book. Robert Downs Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
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