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The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee
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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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||April 20, 2010|
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110 of 123 found the following review helpful:
A Wonderful BookApr 22, 2010
By Gwen R. Cooper
I expected this book to be hilarious, and it is. (I'm not even going to qualify that by adding "...if you're a fan of Sarah's comedy." It's just funny. Period.) What I didn't expect were the sensitivity and sincerity that Sarah has brought to both the writing of the book and to its glimpses behind the scenes into her personal life and the thoughtfulness behind the humor.
The section in which Sarah's editor earnestly tries to explain to Sarah, a professional comedian, what's "really" funny (and why) is worth the price of admission all on its own.
I think there are some things that many people believe deep down they could also do just as well as the professionals, if only they had the time, the inclination, etc. I suspect that professional comedy is one of those things. So what I really appreciated about this book is the way Sarah explores comedy as a craft that is diligently developed and honed over time. You might not like her jokes, but you have to respect her commitment to the work that goes into them.
As a person who appreciates both Sarah's humor and the dedication of craftsmen in all walks of life, this book just worked for me on every level. I highly recommend it.
48 of 55 found the following review helpful:
Sarah Silverman's Bedwetting MemoirApr 22, 2010
By Max J. Pell
Sarah Silverman's approach to comedy is not like the approach of many comedians working today. Sarah approaches all taboo topics with the same enthusiasm, whether it be the usage of racist lingo, sex, or the Holocaust. This "nothing is sacred" approach to comedy defines Silverman's attitudes and, philosophically speaking, puts these taboo topics into perspective. In Silverman's memoir, we discover where she acquired these traits. In talking about her parents, it's very obvious that her adoration for her father is without doubt and that much of her humor comes from him. In a sub-chapter titled "The Only Reason I'm Not Completely Retarded," Silverman discusses her admiration for her mother. The book follows Silverman through her childhood, adolescence, and career, with much emphasis on family. Throughout, Silverman subjects the reader to relentless comedy that some would consider vulgar, racy, and inappropriate. But, that's just Silverman's charm - genius. Including a Foreward written by herself an an Afterword written by God, I wholeheartedly believe that this book is the comedic masterpiece of the literary world of 2010.
22 of 24 found the following review helpful:
I loved this audiobook!May 20, 2010
By Kristina Garcia
I am lazy, so this audiobook was perfect for me. I love everything Sarah Silverman does, but I hate reading. She is so brilliant that I probably would have read an actual book if this audiobook didn't exist. I was also glad that it was read by her because half of the fun is her delivery.
12 of 14 found the following review helpful:
Not what I expected, but that's not bad.Apr 24, 2010
By Sunny M. Purdin
This was a different side to Sarah Silverman than we normally see. I don't really know how much is fiction and how much to believe, but either way, it makes for a good book. Silverman's earnest reading makes you think that she is lying sometimes, or that she is about to say "just kidding about wetting the bed, also, FARTS!" but she never does. She also does a good job making fun of herself.
She talks about her childhood and becoming a comedian. My criticism is that the time line jumps around a lot, but other than that the book is really great. It's not as funny as her show, but still highly entertaining. Another thing that she does, which is kind of cool, is she references stuff that she has read about herself on the Internet. (Like her mention that IMDB does not list her controversial appearance on Conan O'Brien in 2001.) Probably in a year, these references will change, so read the book soon so you can Google the stuff she talks about.
20 of 25 found the following review helpful:
Sarah is hilarous, this book is not.May 29, 2010
I am a big fan of Sarah Silverman, let me say this first. I was really looking forward to this book. I am about halfway through it so I don't know if I can judge the whole book already but so far it's really boring. I was expecting it to be really funny. I enjoy watching the interviews of Sarah Silverman discussing this book other than actually reading it. The whole book timeline is jumbled up, she will be talking about what a sex addict she was in her 20's and on the same page skip to a story about when she was still in high school and on the same page talk about when she was 7 years old. It's a bunch of jumbled stories. Boring stories. I can now see why Sarah Silverman was, and still is, depressed about her own life. This book would be so awesome if it was a story about her life instead of little snip-its of events that happened here and there. I am very frustrated at how this book has no organization, it makes you forget what happened on the previous pages.
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