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The Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman
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Dec 03, 2011

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bookshelves: humor, biography, nonfiction

Sarah Silverman's memoir is much like her stand-up - at times controversial, at times listless, often laugh-out loud funny, and generally irrelevant.

The book is intended primarily to be humorous framed by semi-autobiographical vignettes from the author. The book starts in a generally chronological frame. But, Silverman quickly loses her attention span. Some the of the stories overlap, repeat, or appear out of order.

Silverman at times gives the impression of being revealing by relaying her difficulties of bedwetting - hence the title - well into her teenage years. She describes her experience of losing her virginity (with some noted embellishment), and she describes a couple of embarrassing and/or controversial comedy moments. Silverman ignores or gives passing reference to some of the more well-known or critical instances of her life. There is (by my count) two passing reference to her long battle with depression. I noticed the name "Jimmy Kimmel" twice - and one was in a photograph caption of her father (one would think a six-year relationship out of a 41-year lifespan would warrant some attention). And, she described her parents' divorce only in the positive terms.

Clearly, Silverman's goal was comedy first - autobiographical memoir a distant second. From that perspective, Silverman generally succeeds. The book is at times hilarious, but not especially deep - much one Sarah Kate Silverman herself. Overall, The Bedwetter is quick, funny, and entertaining read if one recognizes the context for what it is.

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