The Bedwetter

Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee

Silverman, Sarah

eBook - 2010
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Bedwetter
Comedian Silverman's memoir that mixes showbiz moments with the more serious subject of her teenage bout with depression as well as stories of her childhood and adolescence.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins e-books, 2010
ISBN: 9780061987076
Branch Call Number: eNYPL Book
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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List - Misfit Memoirs by: nypl_kingsbridge Aug 15, 2014

We all know Sarah Silverman as a comedic genius, but you probably didn’t know she was once a bedwetter. Growing up, Silverman stuck out as a Jewish girl in non-Jewish New Hampshire, further distinguishing her from the other kids on top of the bedwetting problem. Her autobiography details her year... Read More »

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Dec 11, 2014

I just read The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee, and I find most amazing the impact that Silverman has had on modern political life. We all know the impact of her “Schlep out the Vote” campaign on Obama’s election, but I had never considered her role in the creation of Senator Al Franken. I wonder if she even considered that stabbing him the head with a pencil could have caused that minor nerve alteration that transformed him from a comic genius to a mediocre elected official. What makes this even more plausible is the fact that he doesn’t even remember the stabbing.

Thank you, Ms. Silverman, for standing up for pee.

Nov 06, 2014
  • mswrite rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

By coincidence I caught an episode of the sitcom "Frasier" yesterday, where Silverman did a brief and funny turn as an almost-patient of Dr. Frasier Crane as he attempts a (hilariously slapstick) return to private practice. Though I can't honestly call myself a "fan" of hers (being just old enough to remember when comics didn't have to be crude to get a laugh or a TV series) I am enjoying her book. The oddball title--and the cringe-inducing memories it immediately evoked--drew me to it. There are moments that are laugh-out-loud funny, and some that are achingly poignant, but more than that I admire Silverman's candor and humor in relating her painful girlhood experiences.

Jun 10, 2013
  • wampeer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I have never really like Sarah Silverman. Her comedy, I just don't get it. Too harsh, too far. But reading this book, you definitely get the impression that it's all an act. She seems like a really sweet person. I thought her book was hilarious. As good as any Chelsea Handler book I have read. I thought it was great, and it made me want to watch more of her comedy.

Jan 19, 2013
  • lumbanted rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I was surprised at how good this was. I'm not a fan of hers. Her humor is pretty prevalent throughout the book and at times (like I said: I'm not a fan) it's a bit too much. But for the most part this book is supremely interesting and thoughtful. I can't believe I recommend this but I do

Dec 17, 2012
  • jessisnow rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Brava for comedian Sarah Silverman writing of wetting her bed up until high school. Being a comedian makes it easier for her to deal with a subject that for some might be incredibly ego destroying or worse. The bed wetting was an issue and she hid it from her friends but she doesn’t allow herself to be a victim. Her struggles with depression and being a guinea pig for different medications are part of her story. In an age where many people, teens and adults are medicated for the slightest of things, it’s good to read about a person that suffered with depression and feels medication has helped her. She writes the way she talks; funnily and honestly. I like Sarah Silverman, her book wasn’t some big revelation nor was she attempting that. It was a good read but maybe not award winning. I think the bedwetting stuff can be seen as any challenge and one that she overcame.

Oct 01, 2012
  • PrimaGigi rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I had my misgivings about Ms. Silverman. I was majorly f--king
stupid. She is witty, observant and hilarious. Her prose keeps you engaged even though all the other titles introducing you to other paragraphs of different situations in her life will leave you bewildered and she seems to go off script like she pieced two different sentences together.

May 25, 2012
  • oldhag rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Read in one sitting because: it was a joy to read about a fellow-bedwetter, someone who wet the bed into her teens, and who experienced the same trauma and humiliation that I remember; and the book was funny- up to her Judgemental Chapter. For someone who is so determinedly transgressive of social norms in her personal, and her professional life, it was unpleasant to read Silverman's prescriptions/proscriptions about what activities other people should reserve for "Make It A Treat" (MIAT) occasions rather than regular indulgences. Not sure what to make of Silverman's comment regarding the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal that she was, "...kind of tickled to bits that it was with this sassy, chubby Jewess...". Does that come under the category MIAT, or SNAFU?

Aug 11, 2011
  • bookpusher rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

She's got a potty mouth like Chelsea Handler, just not quite as funny. I was kinda embarrassed reading this book....not sure if I'd read the next one (if there is a next one)

Jun 24, 2011
  • aliciamccreath rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I very much liked this book and thought it was hilarious. It makes me want to watch her show.

Mar 21, 2011
  • AJ_in_CoMo rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I don't think I laughed out loud reading it, but as someone who likes her comedic endeavors, it was interesting to read about her life thus far, especially about her early struggles with depression, her character of a father and her first experiences in stand-up.

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