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The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  29,500 Ratings  ·  1,917 Reviews
From the outrageously filthy and oddly innocent comedienne and star of the powerful 2015 film I Smile Back Sarah Silverman comes a memoir—her first book—that is at once shockingly personal, surprisingly poignant, and still pee-in-your-pants funny. If you like Sarah’s television show The Sarah Silverman Program, or memoirs such as Chelsea Handler’s Are You There Vodka? It’s ...more
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Published April 20th 2010 by HarperAudio (first published April 10th 2010)
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Jason Koivu
A couple nights ago, I was licking jelly off my boyfriend's penis. And I thought, "Oh my God — I'm turning into my mother!"

Sarah Silverman exposes herself...well...constantly. That's her ironic, "here's what terrible people say" thing. It's not real. You understand that, right?

In The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee Silverman exposes the real her. From early childhood to her recent successes in comedy and television, some of the more private and embarrassing episodes of her life
Sarah Silverman is a fun workout companion! I listened to this on audio, mostly while I was on the treadmill, and it is an amusing book.

The narrative isn't chronological and the stories jump around. There were a few times it was a bit confusing and I wish she had either explained events better, or rearranged the chapters. The trajectory of her comedy career was especially jumpy, with anecdotes scattered throughout but rarely in order.

But really, who cares? Sarah is a comedian and this is her mem
I have to give Sarah Silverman A+ for candidness. As uncomfortable and awkward as these memoirs got, I have to hand it to her for speaking so openly, succinctly, humorously, and yes, even elegantly, about horribly humiliating episodes of her childhood as a bed-wetter, and being mercilessly scolded and ostracized for it by children who didn't know better and adults who should have.

Sarah's personal tales of her unconventional family, her teenage battle with depression, her I-can't-believe-it's-tr
Sarah Silverman's lightning-rod comedy -- irreverent, snarky, grotesque, un-PC and offensive to those who lack an ironic sense -- invariably causes her to have to sometimes justify, explain and defend herself to humorless people, who still won't get it anyway.

My review of this book will be a little bit like that, because, even though I'm giving it a fairly lowly two stars, I'm not saying it's not enjoyable, funny, revealing, sometimes thoughtful, and a good read. The book is like spending the ev
Nov 18, 2010 j rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not your mom
Recommended to j by: not my mom
Sarah Silverman knows how to write a good joke. She does not so much know how to write a good book. As a consequence, The Bedwetter is for the most part very funny, but it doesn't really do any of that good memoir stuff like tell about how she lived in devastating poverty in Ireland and was forced to spend her days rummaging for coal to sell so her siblings would have enough to eat before they all died of typhoid fever, or reveal that her monumentally irresponsible and unstable parents kept upro ...more
Dec 02, 2013 Fabian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always had reservations about this comedian. She seriously grosses me out at times, and already feeling adamant about dumb stuff like Georgia O'Keefe canvases, her raunchiest jokes may often cause some serious damage in me (like, for instance, having a feeble, momentary hatred for women--purely superficially, of course). Anyway, she pushes buttons--but she does this here with, how can I put this: grace. Actual, legit grace. She displays her life openly. Always as an act of bravery, always i ...more
May 09, 2010 rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, true-story
What I have learned from this book: Sarah Silverman is a clever, sensitive, free-spirited clown who clearly adores her family and her friends, and who has no fear about talking honestly about her clinical depression or admitting that she wet the bed until she was 16.

Also: Steve Perry is a racist (or was that a joke? I don't even know) and Louis CK is reserved, mature, and very smart, in some ways as much like his Parks & Recreation character as his onstage character.

At this point I'm a litt
Carol Storm
Hello, my name is Sarah Silverman. I'm not very funny, but I am very pretty. Will you buy my book, please?

Now obviously, there's good and bad in all groups of people. In general, we Jewish girls (see, I'm a Jew! How daring of me to come right out and admit it!) are just as human, frail, heroic, whatever, as anyone else. But some of us (and I do mean me, not the person reading this review) do have a tendency to slack off and use our looks to get what we want out of life. It's not exactly new. In
Jun 05, 2011 Ben rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah Silverman has a horse-ish face and is proud of it. Normally this would make me have a crush on her instantly, unfortunately this book does a great job of making me genuinely dislike her. The "childhood" part of the book is the only piece with any sort of a narrative. Most of the "adult" half of the book is just a loosely held together collection of paragraphs describing various incidents in her life. Chapters jump from problems with depression, to the loss of her virginity, to a terrible d ...more
Dec 16, 2011 Sylvia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure why I picked this book up. I'm not a Sarah Silverman fan--not a hater either, just someone who is ambivalent. Also, the books I read this year by comedians I adore were something of a let-down. So I was predisposed to dislike, if not outright hate, this book.

I was pretty shocked to find myself adoring it. From the first page of the foreword, where she correctly ascertained my physical location (on the toilet) through all the funny, sincere self-exposure, this book was great. The ch
Apr 24, 2010 christa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Attention pervos: If you are looking for a free photograph of a penis wearing a hair clip, just find a dark corner of your local (preferably indie) bookstore, and flip to page 209 of Sarah Silverman's "The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee." That's where you'll find the shot of a chunky decorative unit resting on a bed of balls, framed by bunchy boxer shorts and a nest of unkempt, as Silverman would call them, pubes.

You're welcome.

Silverman's story is equal parts memoir and st
What's good:

-She sprinkles funny lines throughout.
-Her childhood and her bouts with bedwetting and depression are interesting, however they feel ghostwritten.
-The stories of the writer's room throughout the years and early years in the Boston and New York stand-up comedy scenes.
-She has led a resilient career overcoming a failed stint at Saturday Night Live and countless controversies over her style of button-pushing comedic style.

Not so good:

-She has a habit of victimizing herself throughout
Jan 02, 2017 Jeimy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved reading about her childhood, not so much about her adulthood. She is pretty hilarious throughout, though.
I've always been ambivalent with Sarah Silverman. She can be hilarious (THE standout in "The Aristocrats"), but she often pushes buttons that makes me uncomfortable. As, of course, she means to. But in my critical world, reader response is #1 and artistic intent is #2--I choose to consume, I am interested in its effect on me. It's ironic, of course, because my response to Silverman must be how other people respond to me: "aw, why did he have to say THAT?"

This book is different, though. It's not
May 31, 2010 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, biography
I have to go against the more popular three star choice because, while I did enjoy many parts of this book, it was just so random and unorganized I felt like I was reading the rough draft version before the editor even touched it.
The personal stories of her childhood, experiences working in the industry, and friendships with other comics were interesting, but many of them just seemed there to fill up space and not really connected to anything else. As a fan of the program and knowing her show b
May 07, 2010 Jae rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I laughed so hard reading this on the plane that people started to stare. I read a number of reviews that said this book isn't funny for the last half. I disagree. I laughed all the way through. Granted, reading about the culture at Saturday Night Live might not be as funny as you expected, but that's the point, at least partly.
Apr 04, 2013 Jeff rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Couldn't finish it. I respect her comedy and I was laughing at times but it just wasn't for me. Don't let my rating of it deter you, if you like Sarah you will appreciate this book.
Jul 03, 2010 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: MR, EP, Ellie
Shelves: non-fiction, feminism
New Hampshire: where cows are well done and Jews are rare.
AND, where Sarah Silverman grew up.

Sarah Silverman is SO vulgar and weird- but I heart her anyway.
May 11, 2010 Wallace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the front flap of comedienne Sarah Silverman's humorous memoir, The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee, there is a warning from the publisher. It is a silly three question multiple answer quiz asking, in various forms, what limits can be pushed before you are offended. Though an original way to announce what is to come if you read the book, the quiz is quite an accurate barometer. If you can't make it through the short questionnaire without a red face, then you should not open ...more
Dec 11, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rarely read celebrity biographies, but found Sarah Silverman's The Bedwetter irresistible. Sarah Silverman is the girlfriend of my dreams; someone I fantasize about hanging out with and joking raunchily with while avoiding the shock and awe reactions I usually muster up in anyone who is not a dude.

Silverman's The Bedwetter is an example of a really clever way for a celebrity to overcome any hang-ups and insecurities they may have had before or during stardom. A large portion of the biography i
May 26, 2013 Byron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fished this from a dollar bin, and I was surprised at how much I liked it. The one and two star reviews must be big Journey fans. You might remember that she not so subtly hinted that lead singer Steve Perry said Paula Deen-style racist shit about black people to her after one of her shows. He of course denies it ever happened. I wrote about it back when this book came out a few years ago.

The first half or maybe two thirds is a sort of memoir about her life growing up in New Hampshire, small for
Feb 24, 2013 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-deals
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 ...more
May 07, 2012 Bandit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having only read one other book in similar vein, Bossypants by Tina Fey, I have to say this was probably more of what I would expect in a book by a comedian. It had me laughing out loud numerous times, no small feat...but also, Silverman's writing is much more personal (with a notable exception of almost any mention of Jimmy Kimmel) than Tina Fey's. For such a patently hilariously offensive person, it's really nice to sort of see behind the mask or really behind the poop and fart jokes. Recommen ...more
Angus McKeogh
Not awful but not beyond just middling either. I learned two things reading this book. One: I don't care all that much about Sarah Silverman's childhood. Two: I don't think Sarah Silverman is all that funny nor are her anecdotes particularly entertaining.
Feb 03, 2011 Shelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Other then a couple mini-roles I have seen of her in movies I can't say I knew anything about Sarah Silverman actress/comedian. After listening to her audio book I can't wait to check out her stand up and other television or movie appearances.

Funny, edgy, and doesn't hold back. My kind of girl.
I'm sort of torn on this book. On the one hand, there are some very funny sections, and a surprising amount of heart. On the other hand, it's very scattered and runs out of steam in a big way about halfway through, almost as if Silverman wanted to write a book and had about 100 pages of solid material about her early life, and then just sort of winged it the rest of the way, talking about people she knows, being Jewish, Obama...really, whatever was on her mind at that point in time.

That said, I
I listened to this audio memoir written and read by Sarah Silverman twice-once by myself and then again with my husband. I happily listened to (and laughed through) it both times. I quite enjoy Silverman’s now defunct and oddly hilarious “The Sarah Silverman Program” so I was excited to see this audiobook in my library’s e-download catalogue. I found this memoir to be surprisingly deep and emotional in parts, while always maintaining Silverman’s trademark humor. Silverman’s memoirs are a view in ...more
Melissa Conner
Sarah Silverman believes that, in order to enjoy life, you have to learn to “Make it a Treat”, meaning just because you love chocolate doesn’t mean you should eat it every day. Make it a treat and you’ll enjoy it more.

In her hilarious autobiography, The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee, Silverman gives some advice to her avid readers: “Look, there’s not much useful to take away from this book—it’s largely stories of a woman who has spent her life peeing on herself. But there is
Jun 09, 2010 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs, biography
Like most biographies, if you don't like the person it's about, you clearly won't like the book. If you like Sarah Silverman's comedy routine and show, you will enjoy this book. I'm somewhat in the middle regarding her. I enjoy her stuff but never go out of my way. While definitely not perfect, it's still a solid read.

I'm always curious to read about comedians because they are always expected to be funny, but not everything in life is a joke. The Bedwetter definitely has its serious sections, es
Trixie Fontaine
I enjoy Sarah Silverman's work so I was already favorably biased going into this book, which I really had no specific expectations for. I didn't know anything about the content, so I was a little surprised (in a good way) at how intense and personal it was (without being heavy and TOO painful). I guess I was surprised at how much I could relate to it.

Aside from the personal growing-up stories I appreciated and found especially interesting the stuff about censorship or trying to pass standards on
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