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The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee Hardcover – April 20, 2010
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Amazon Exclusive: A Letter from Sarah Silverman
My name is Sarah Silverman. I was once primarily known for saying the word "poop" and getting paid above market rates for it. But those days are over, because I am now going to be known for having written a book. Why did I write a book, you might wonder? Because it just seemed like the right time to be getting into the publishing industry.
I'm kidding. Publishing is rotting like an abandoned possum carcass on the shoulder of I-95. I know that for a fact, because shortly after my book deal was announced, I kept hearing people lament the imminent demise of literature. These days there is only one reason to write a book: to be taken seriously. And that is exactly what is about to happen to me. I'm an author now! Like Ernest Hemingway and Fyodor Dostoevsky!
When I was asked to provide text for an author page, I decided to approach it in a scholarly manner, because that's what authors do. I looked to other author pages for inspiration, and I learned so much. For example, while Hemingway and Dostoevsky do not have their own author pages on Amazon.com, Paris Hilton does. And so does former teenage porn star and multi-tasking fellatrix, Traci Lords. Hemingway and Dostoevsky might be wondering, quite literally, "Whom do I have to blow to get my own author page?" If someone had a cruel sense of humor, they might respond to Hemingway, "How about your head off? Oh wait – you already DID that!" But such a remark would be in bad taste, and as a serious author, I'm above all that.
I also learned that Paris' dog, Tinkerbell Hilton, has her own book too. I read a few pages and found the prose to be overwrought, but you can imagine that, being a dog, she'd be coming from a place of needing to prove something. By the way, here's a quote from a review of Paris' book that I found on her Amazon.com author page:
"Heiress, socialite, model, actress, singer and media darling Hilton loves her life, knows how to get what she wants and matter-of-factly explains how anyone can be a glamorous, fun-loving, tiara-wearing heiress just like her… [Paris’] advice to 'channel your own inner heiress, create your own image, and project an extreme sense of confidence' is an empowering message for young women."
This was profoundly inspiring to me. It made me realize: if young women can read Hilton's book and become heiresses, they can likewise read my book and become anxiety-ridden bedwetters. And amidst this generation of disposability that favors the digital over the physical, shopping online rather than in stores (oops, this is awkward!), and reading from LCD screens rather than from print on paper, it's nice to know that I will have left a permanent stain by which future generations shall know of my existence. So read The Bedwetter, if not for me, then for the children.
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. 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)
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The best part was the section about her early career in N.Y.. It gave some good insight into that environment and her contemporaries. But even that was weird, because you think that everything that needed to be said about that period had been said, but then she comes back chapters later to talk about her old roommate from that time.
It really was like she wrote this over a period of about 2-years with months passing between chapters, and couldn't take the time to retrace what she had previously written. Sad to say that I was really excited about this book when I found it, but now I've had my fill of Sarah for a while.
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 grandmother 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.
Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
What I liked most about this book was her personal background stories (her childhood struggle with depression, family relationships, attempts to find meaning at school and transition into comedy full time were very well written) and her analysis of her approach to comedy (found mainly in her response to a couple different jokes being over-reacted to). I found that I appreciated her approach to irony more after reading this than I did before. I also just thought that her writing was very clear and engaging.
I didn't as much appreciate some of her rambling attempts at humor; I thought that the forward being written by her was slightly funny and creative, but the "middle-word" was a little tedious to read through. I also thought that the overall structure and flow could have used some work; it is chronological up to the middle, then starts going to different points of time, which is a little confusing.
In the last year I've read all the big women comedienne books, and Silverman's was the most surprising to me in it's depth and honesty. I would recommend this book to anyone who wishes to get a behind the scenes look at one of the more unique comediennes out there!
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I wouldn't say I am a big fan of Sarah Silverman but I do like her.Read more
Watch the show forget the book.