Keith Staskiewicz
April 28, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Bedwetter

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Sarah Silverman
publisher
HarperEntertainment
genre
Memoir, Nonfiction

We gave it a B+

Silverman’s public persona is one part adorable naïf and one part scatologically obsessed serial offender, so it makes sense that The Bedwetter begins with a scene of her at age 3, shouting obscenities. The comedian details the ups and downs of her early life — from chronic sheet-soaking to childhood depression to landing a gig on SNL — with candor and an impressive capacity for self-reflection, all while spouting sweetly profane aphorisms. Most chapters are only vaguely organized, and things lose steam once she reaches the present day, but the strange combination of irreverent silliness and undiluted earnestness makes The Bedwetter more than just funny business. B+

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