The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee

‘THE BEDWETTER: STORIES OF COURAGE, REDEMPTION, AND PEE’


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Sleepover at Sarah’s!


PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY:

From the outrageously filthy and oddly innocent comedienne 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 Me Chelsea and Artie Lange’s Too Fat to Fish, you’ll love The Bedwetter.
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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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©2010 Sarah Silverman (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers


THE PLOT:

I admit that I am likely not the target audience for ‘The Bedwetter’ by Sarah Silverman. I find her to be funny at times and in small doses, but I am far from what you would call a big fan of her work who has seen everything that she has done.
However, I do have a sense of humor and I enjoy reading autobiographies from comedians to learn about their influences and thoughts on comedy in general. In that sense, I was not disappointed with ‘The Bedwetter’.
‘The Bedwetter’ chronicles Sarah Silverman’s upbringing and career. It talks about her issues with wetting the bed into her high school years, as well as her battle with depression. I found the sections dealing with depression to be one of the more compelling parts in the entire book.
She tells a lot of stories in this book. Some of them are funny, some are sad, and a few are pretty well disturbing. Also because this is Sarah Silverman, there are plenty of references to various bodily fluids and the fact that she is Jewish.
While I found some of the humor to be hit and miss, there are some moments of genuine insight. Aside from the topic of depression, her time working on her Comedy Central TV show stand out. It is an interesting look at what can happen when the budget is at odds with creativity.
I don’t know that reading ‘The Bedwetter’ has made me more of a fan of Silverman’s work, but it did give me a larger appreciation of her dedication to her craft.


THE AUTHOR:

Credit to Silverman for having fun with this book. Some of the things she does, like writing her own forward or having God close out the book, are attention grabbers, if nothing else. Some of them work well, such as printing emails from the publisher regarding the title of the book. Others, such as transcribing voicemails left by her father, don’t work nearly as well.


THE NARRATION:

‘While I have not read the hardcover or Kindle version of ‘The Bedwetter’, I believe from the way it was written that this book is best suited for audio. Sarah Silverman’s performance is energetic and entertaining.
Nobody knows the stories told in this book as well as Silverman herself. As a result, it felt more like listening to a conversation than listening to someone read passages from a book.


THE PRODUCTION:

There are a few music cues that you will hear throughout the book, primarily on piano. There are no background sound effects, but there are a couple of times that Silverman’s voice is altered most notably with an echo effect. Chapter stops appear where you would want them to be, and the recording is free of any defect.


CONCLUSION:

How I felt about ‘The Bedwetter’ is essentially a mirror image of how I feel about Silverman herself. There are parts of the book I thought were funny and insightful and other parts that I thought fell flat and I couldn’t wait for her to move on to something else.
If you are trying to decide whether or not to read ‘The Bedwetter’, I will repeat what I said above. This book was begging to be performed. If not for Sarah Silverman’s performance as narrator, I’m not sure that I could have finished.


QUICK FACTS:

The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee
Title Author Narrator Publisher Genre Release Date Running Time Stars
The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee Sarah Silverman Sarah Silverman Harper Audio Biography and Memoirs 04/20/2010 5 hours, 42 minutes 3/5

DISCLAIMER:

A copy of ‘THE BEDWETTER: STORIES OF COURAGE, REDEMPTION, AND PEE’ was purchased from Audible for review.

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